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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fall softball league crowns a champion
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Shaare Torah/Poale Zedeck completed an undefeated fall season by defeating Tree of Life on Sunday, Oct. 26 and taking the championship of the inaugural JCC Synagogue Softball League Fall Season. Ot...
Shop for a cause: NCJW Designer Days has new location
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Groups of friends shop together, model their possible purchases for each other and whoop with excitement when they locate that one great bargain that makes their day. From stylish college students ...
Metro Briefs October 30
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Beth El Congregation of the South Hills will hold a free program for Beth El members and invited guests on Friday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for Shabbat services and dinner at 7 p.m. The evening’s guest sp...
Heaven sent: Judaism’s magical mystery tour of the Talmud’s sorcery, spells
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The magic conjured up by J.K. Rowling in her “Harry Potter” series and the magic revealed in Maggie Anton’s new book, “Enchantress,” are two very different kinds of magic, according to the author b...
Despite specter of nuclear Iran, ZOA’s featured speaker sees positives in Israel’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonathan Adelman is reminded of the words of Charles Dickens these days when he thinks about Israel: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Adelman, a professor at the Josef Korbel ...
Frustration fuels voters, especially in Pa.’s gubernatorial race
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett continues to trail his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, in the polls, Jewish Pittsburgh seems to be following the rest of the state in favoring the challenger. A vote...
Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...
Oy Vey! Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
by Michael Fox
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachievin...
1-2-3 cha-cha-cha: Riverview Towers gets a blast of high-energy dance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
“Dance,” Martha Graham once said, “is the hidden language of the soul.” That language spoke loudly and clearly to more than 100 residents of Riverview Towers last Sunday night, Oct. 19, as they wer...
Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
by Neal Gendler
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...