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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 | 0 0 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 ...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 0 0 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 ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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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, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Circus of the Kids
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Metro Briefs August 21
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...