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Teacher pens memoir of IDF service
Nineteen-year-old Dorit, born and raised in New York City, lived with her controlling, fearful mother, who was the child of Holocaust survivors. Dorit’s father, an Israeli-born artist, held boozy G...
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AIPAC speaker Schanzer warns of Hezbollah, ‘tough choices’ for Israelis
A former counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Jonathan Schanzer, briefed local AIPAC members on the current state of Middle East foreign policy on Monday, May 2 at an ...
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Temple Sinai celebrates 70 years with proclamation
To mark the congregation’s 70th anniversary, 15 members of Temple Sinai traveled to the Pittsburgh City-County Building for a special proclamation from Councilman Dan Gilman. “Now, therefore be it ...
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Temple Ohav Shalom dedicates new memorial garden
A new Jewish cemetery in Pittsburgh is not an everyday occurrence.    That is why clouds and drizzle did not deter the sizable group of Temple Ohav Shalom congregants and religious school students ...
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Putting faces to tragedies such as the Holocaust, genocide
Tiffany O’Shea, an English teacher at Montour High School, already had incorporated the Holocaust graphic novel “Maus” by Art Spielgelman into her 10th-grade curriculum, when she attended the Summe...
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Light continues to flicker, even as it fades
For several decades, the candle lighting ceremony at Pittsburgh’s annual Yom Hashoah commemoration has featured local Holocaust survivors publicly lighting the six memorial candles, one for each of...
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For Holocaust survivors, the power of old family photos
In 1953, Israel’s prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and its president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, signed into law a proclamation designating a day each year for remembering the victims as well as the heroes ...
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Pittsburgh a finalist for prestigious, hefty transportation grant
City Councilman Dan Gilman is “very optimistic” when it comes to Pittsburgh’s chances of winning $50 million in grant funds that would propel the Steel City to be a worldwide leader in the field of...
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Metro Briefs April 28
The annual AIPAC Pittsburgh event will be held on Monday, May 2 at Hotel Monaco, 620 William Penn Place. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will...
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Greenfield Bridge slated for demolition in 2015; new span coming
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty-three years ago, the city hung nets on the Greenfield Bridge to catch debris that had begun falling from the bridge’s underside. Ten years ago, an “under-bridge” was added to catch the debri...
JAA board OKs $500,000 for electronic medical records
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Association on Aging is beginning the long, expensive — but necessary — process of converting its medical records to an electronic format. In a major decision that will relegate its hand...
Pittsburgh native starts Facebook mitzvah experiment
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
You might say Sarah Gross Fife’s spiritual journey took a new turn thanks to a deck of cards.   It was those cards — “Mitzvah Cards,” not playing cards — which inspired the Pittsburgh native and Sy...
Jewish Pittsburgh celebrates heritage under the lights at PNC Park
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation demonstrated his pitching prowess as he threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jewish Heritage Night, Tuesday, Aug. 27, at PNC Park. The...
Pittsburgh Jews reflect on long-running support to Ethiopians
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Two flights carrying about 450 Ethiopian Jews arrived in Israel last week, marking the end of Operation Dove’s Wings, a mass aliya initiative that began in November 2010 that has enabled 8,000 Ethi...
Tashlich pond at Yeshiva Schools
Sep 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Yeshiva Schools has a tashlich pond available during Rosh Hashana; it was unintentionally omitted from last week's roundup of tashlich services. According to Rabbi Chezky Rosenfeld, the pond is act...
Hundreds have fun at Apples and Honey Fest as Rosh Hashana nears
Sep 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 500 people welcomed the Days of Awe Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Third Annual Apples and Honey Fall Festival in Schenley Park. Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and its divisions, Shalom...
Pittsburgh author set out to meet terrorist whose bombing injured wife
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Sep 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Instead of letting the man who nearly murdered his wife languish in an Israeli prison, David Harris-Gershon set out to meet him. He needed to know why a man he would have once dismissed as a ruthle...
Pittsburgh area Jews find special places around county to perform tashlich
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Sep 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
For centuries, Jews have tossed breadcrumbs into bodies of water between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, symbolically casting off their sins to the water itself, or to be consumed by fish that then sw...




Jewish Pittsburgh kids join the circus, and learn something, too
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 30, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Fifty-eight kids from Jewish Pittsburgh ran away to join the circus last week. OK, maybe they didn’t actually run away, but they performed in the Greatest Show on Earth just the same. The kids appe...