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Star power helps Joshua Malina step into spotlight as proud Jew
Actor Joshua Malina’s address to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division (YAD) this Saturday night, “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch,” is based on “two ve...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 29
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at t...
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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
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Metro Briefs November 20
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Association on Aging is launching a survey to examine the critical needs of aging adults in the community, now and into the future. According to the U.S. Census, for the first time in hi...
For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Metro Briefs November 13
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
by Melissa Apter
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...