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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
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...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
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 ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
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...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
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 ...
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
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...
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
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, ...
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Metro Briefs November 13
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...
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
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...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
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 ...
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Kether Torah revisited
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
About 40 people climbed into a charter bus Sunday waiting outside of New Light Congregation in Squirrel Hill to take a tour of historic Jewish Pittsburgh sites. Rabbi Jonathan Perelman of New Light...
Winners of cover contest
Dec 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
For this year’s Chanuka cover contest, schools from around the county inundated the Chronicle with submissions. With this happy situation in mind, we decided it would be more appropriate to select ...
Former Major Leaguers building ‘Team Israel’
by Ken Mandel
JNS
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When Shawn Green retired from Major League Baseball at age 34, he traded the game he loved for the relaxed life of a family man and eventual author. As teams contacted the outfielder/first baseman ...
Genocide in Darfur remains critical
by Brandt Gelman
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Solomon, a junior at Georgetown University and national student director of STAND (the student-led division of United Against Genocide), traveled to Pittsburgh this past weekend to impart on...
Cantor touts bipartisan effort against Iran
by By Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Some might consider them to be a political odd couple, but don’t say that to Rabbi David Saperstein. Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — the Reform ...
Say it ain’t so, Ryan; say it ain’t so
by Jonathan Mayo
The Chosen 1s
Dec 15, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
I am what many would call a jaded baseball writer. While I still have passion for the game and beauty of it when it’s played between the lines, I’ve grown cynical when it comes to the various off-t...
Yoffie, Jacobs meet the media
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing president of the Union for Reform Judaism, had two words of advice Wednesday for his successor, Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "Change everything." Well, maybe not ...
Bazooka Jew goes political
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
OK,whenever you register at a convention, you're handed a goodie bag filled with schedules, agendas, visitor guides to the host city, commemorative pens and goodies such as candy, soft drinks and b...
The Biennial opens
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The largest gathering of North American Jews in history opened Wednesday as 6,000 descended upon National Harbor near Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial. The Gaylord N...
Miller's ‘Focus’ holds up as timeless condemnation of   anti-Semitism
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Miller is best known for being a playwright (and perhaps second best for being Marilyn Monroe’s husband), but many readers may not realize that he penned only one novel:  “Focus,” written in...