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Metro Briefs February 24
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees

Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...
Feb 21, 2017 | 22 22 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs February 17
Temple Sinai is looking for lollipop kids, monkeys, witches and more for its “Wizard of Oz” themed Purim shpiel. Rehearsals are every Sunday in February and open to all ages. Rehearsals begin with ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Connecting Communities’ brings teens together in common cause
Teens representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center met at the Senator John Heinz History Center last week for the start of a collaborativ...
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Seeking a connection: Being Jewish in the northern suburbs has its challenges
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Mars, Pa., has about as many Jewish families as Mars, the planet. Well, maybe just a few more, but they are rare. Ian Halper and his wife, Heather, moved to the Mars area in Butler County about six...
JDate, Camp Ramah have a shidduch for you
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
In a first season episode of the HBO series “Girls,” Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet), a student in her early 20s, is strolling down the streets of Manhattan when she hears: “Shoshanna! Hey, remembe...
At B’nai Abraham, one burst pipe leads to a flood — of mitzvot
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Who could have guessed that a bounty of mitzvot would have been engendered by a single burst pipe? The story began last winter, when a water pipe burst over the sanctuary of Congregation B’nai Abra...
Departure of AJL’s ‘wonderful resource, wonderful thinker’ leaves huge shoes to fill
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
After five years of serving as the Agency for Jewish Learning’s community scholar, as well as its director of systemic initiatives, Rabbi Dr. Scott Aaron will be leaving Pittsburgh to take a new po...
‘Shall your brothers come to war while you sit here?’ Three from Pittsburgh answer the call
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 05, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
A young Palestinian girl calls down from an upstairs window of a house in Gaza, crying for the Israeli soldiers below to help her: The house is on fire. When the young soldiers enter the house to r...
Saralouise Reis: ‘the glue that held everything together’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Saralouise Reis, a lifelong Jewish communal servant and longtime administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Emanuel of South Hills who inspired generations of Pittsburghers, passed away J...
Metro Briefs July 31
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Pomegranate is a new food vendor at the Squirrel Hill farmers’ market offering a variety of dishes under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Amy Levin. From its stall in the parking lot behind the form...
BBYO trip turns into eyewitness to conflict: ‘We were living it’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Jeremy Witchel arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 3, ready to experience three weeks of Israel “BBYO-style,” touring the historical and cultural sites of the Jewish state while immersed in leade...
Reporting on the Gaza conflict: In Israel, it’s all Israel, all the time
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
As Israelis have been incessantly watching their televisions for the last few weeks, constantly monitoring updates of Operation Protective Shield, for the larger Arab world still grappling with the...
Local rally welcomes thousands in support of Israel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
As fighting continued overseas, pro-Israel Pittsburghers packed a Squirrel Hill gymnasium and spilled out into a neighboring auditorium July 27 in support of the Jewish state. Representing diverse ...