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Metro Briefs December 2
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh issued a letter to the community with a reminder that it represents, without exception, a diverse community and acts in a nonpartisan manner and that dis...
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Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com

Arianna Sharfman has enjoyed “playing with cameras” since she was in high school. But it wasn’t until the Orthodox native Californian attended Pittsburgh’s Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Art...
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Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
Bill Strickland recently returned from Akko, Israel, having witnessed “a modern miracle.” Strickland is the founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the local nonprofit that proves th...
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JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
Though lacking the fanfare of a major motion picture release, a recent announcement in the Pittsburgh cinematic community has shined a light on an organization until now thought of as primarily a J...
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Anti-Semitism abroad not yet at 1930s level, but ‘bleak’ nonetheless
Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism. The meeting was arranged by the American Jew...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 25
Families of the Community Day School Class of 2017 invite the community for Israel Alive! Bid, schmooze and sip wine on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 6424 Forward Ave. All funds raised duri...
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Pittsburgher’s letter to ‘oracle of Omaha’ results in a $60 million sale of Israel Bonds
Sometimes a good dose of chutzpah can pay off in a big way. Just ask Harold Marcus, the man charged with heading the sale of Israel Bonds in Pennsylvania. The State of Israel has just scored $60 mi...
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Memories of Koopa Troopa and Italian plumbers are alive again
After blowing off the metaphorical dust and jostling a few memories, the world of Mario, Zelda and a princess-stealing ape is alive again. Thirty years after the release of the Nintendo Entertainme...
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Getting Arab Israeli women into high-tech is a win-win
There are many reasons to increase career opportunities for Israel’s female Arab citizens in its burgeoning high-tech workforce. Growing Arab women’s stake in the start-up nation will not only help...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...



Apples & Honey Festival
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
New film explores the why, how behind Nazi atrocities
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
Documentary film director and second-generation Holocaust survivor Philippe Mora recalls exactly what he was eating — chopped herring and eggs — when Sam Goldberg recounted to him details of what i...
He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...