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Rabbi proposes solutions to shrinking population
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is a shadow of its former self, but Rabbi Mark Staitman says he has solutions for the demographic decline. After juxtaposing dismal figures and depressing anecdotes,...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New group in Pittsburgh hopes to bring end to Israeli ‘occupation’
A Jewish nonprofit group with the stated goal of ending the Israeli “occupation” of the Palestinians has set down stakes in Pittsburgh. IfNotNow, a national organization started by a group of mille...
Jun 21, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Kiwanis Club transfers endowment to Jewish Community Foundation
Two local organizations have joined efforts to foster future support. The Kiwanis Club of Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh recently turned over its endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater P...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman’s new special is a delightfully coarse colloquy
Cries, cringes and familiar quips are only a click away in Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special, “A Speck of Dust.” For fans of the Jewish comedian, the one-hour, 11-minute recorded set offers nod...
Jun 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish community shows its pride at LGBT Equality March
The Pittsburgh Jewish community stood out among the tens of thousands who joined in the city’s annual EQT Equality March on June 11 and not just because of their “Love is Kosher” T-shirts. “It was ...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Light to sell building, share space with TOL*OLS
New Light Congregation has put its building on Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard up for sale and will be entering into an agreement to rent space from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha on Wilkins Avenue...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foer opens up about newest novel, ‘Here I Am,’ at Rodef Shalom
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest novel, “Here I Am,” the protagonist, Jacob Bloch, makes a telling observation about contemporary Jewish life outside of Israel: “Jewish Americans will go to any len...
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Jewish Women’s Center, Squirrel Hill Health Center honored by local Islamic organization
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh bestowed awards to two organizations established by members of the Jewish community at its Humanity Day Award Ceremony on June 11. The Jewish Women’s Center of Pitt...
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‘Sound of Jewish Music’ strikes just the right chord
Dance, song and stories united more than 400 Jewish women on Tuesday night, June 7, at the sixth annual “The Sound of Jewish Music” event, a project of Chabad of Pittsburgh. Organized by Chani Alte...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 257 257 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (w...
‘Sheriff of Mars’ unveils endearing life of Jewish music star hidden in the fields of France
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 249 249 recommendations | email to a friend
It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes and storytellers — high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the b...
Metro Briefs December 18
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Chabad of Pittsburgh's annual Car Menorah Parade will begin on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:45 p.m. The route begins at Chabad Lubavitch Center at 2100 Wightman St. with cars lining up to head south on Wig...
ZOA goes on attack against Conflict Kitchen’s anti-Israel propaganda
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
If an art project that was supported and funded by a major university targeted and demonized African-Americans or Latinos or homosexuals, Susan Tuchman is “virtually certain” that such a project wo...
Presenting Palestinian narrative is “difficult work” say artists
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
The challenges confronted by artists who present Palestinian narratives through art was the subject of “Difficult Work,” a panel discussion at the Mattress Factory Museum on Dec. 9. Featured on the...
End of an era: Soon, all that will remain will be Beth Israel’s history, legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Inside a yellowish brick building in Latrobe, an elderly man watched as his synagogue’s belongings were packed away. Mickey Radman, whose membership at Beth Israel Congregation spans five decades, ...
Beth Samuel Jewish Center refocuses with a change of direction
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe, who has served as the spiritual leader and educational director of Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge since 2008, will be leaving her posts in June 2015 as the congregatio...
Chanukah menorahs of Israel shed light on Jewish people’s past, present, future
by Deborah Fineblum Schabb, JNS.org
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend
As winter arrives and the days grow shorter, outdoor lighting is needed more during the Chanukah season than at any other time of year. This need is taken particularly seriously in Israel, where ou...
What makes Chanukah great in America
by Dianne Ashton, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 254 254 recommendations | email to a friend
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – As Chanukah nears, let the grousing begin. Too much is made of a holiday that Judaism ranks as a minor festival — one whose rite takes no more than five minutes to complete each...
Metro Briefs December 11
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
The ninth annual Vodka Latke will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at IVY Pittsburgh (18th Street entrance in the Strip District). Enjoy the open bar, kosher spread with latkes ...