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Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
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Metro Briefs April 14
Apr 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Now in its 31st year, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s 2015-16 Waldman International Arts and Writing Award competition will recognize all winners at a reception to view the winning entries and...
J Street official advocates peaceful dialogue, thwarting ‘thuggism’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Alan Elsner, special adviser to the president of J Street, delivered what he termed a “general talk” at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Monday evening, April 11. The objective is “just to bring people...
Conservative values, traditions still ring true in modern world
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Whether the Conservative movement will continue to be a halachic movement in the decade to come depends on how one defines halachic, according to Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue o...
Building bridges: CDS students learn up close from an Arab-Israeli
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Community Day School students learned last week what everyday life is like for an Arab-Israeli, thanks to an extended visit from Mamoun Assady, an educator from the village of Deir Al Assad, locate...
‘Social cohesion’ drives the Arab-Israeli conversation
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Via Pittsburgh, Arabs and Israelis discussed inequality equitably. Thabet Abu Rass and Amnon Be’eri Sulitzeanu, co-executive directors of the Abraham Fund, recently took part in Pittsburgh’s second...
A matter of survival: Every town had a community
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish small-town life has been in decline for decades. But while the communities themselves may have been fleeting, their stories, their artifacts, their recollections live on, so long as someone ...
100 years ago, Justice Brandeis set Jewish tone for Supreme Court
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
With three Jews currently seated on the Supreme Court of the United States and a fourth recently nominated by President Barack Obama, it appears that anti-Semitism is a nonissue when it comes to th...
Israel Peace Week at Pitt fills students with food, information
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Students at the University of Pittsburgh have taken to the streets. Armed with hummus, pita and educational materials, the young activists have one objective: promoting peace in Israel by dispellin...
Sanders’ Jewish support is hardly a given
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Although young Democrats nationwide favor Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a wide margin — he leads 76 percent to 23 percent among those 29 and younger according to a recent McClatchy-Marist ...
A league of their own: A Jewish baseball museum, at last
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Apr 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., they can learn about the only two members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank “The Hebrew Hammer” Gree...