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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 ...
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 7 7 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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Jewish matchmaker-in-chief
by Beth Kissileff/JNS.org
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Tova Weinberg will do anything to make a match—even adopt a dog. In an interview from her home in Pittsburgh Weinberg, the matchmaker who co-founded the Jewish dating website SawYouAtSinai.com (SYA...
Cold Stone goes kosher in Squirrel Hill
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream shop at the corner of Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill, has been certified kosher by the Vaad Harabanim of Pittsburgh. Members of the Vaad’s kashrut comm...
Our Top 10 local stories of 2013
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Chuck Diamond’s recent announcement that he would begin officiating at interfaith weddings led to considerable debate. It’s wasn’t that Diamond, spiritual leader of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha C...
New mikveh groundbreaking slated for February at ZOA site
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
After years of planning and fundraising, a February groundbreaking is anticipated for the new community women’s mikveh in Squirrel Hill, with completion projected in about a year. “We are really ex...
Girls camp for children who lost parents to open at EKC
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Sandi Lando Welch is one of those people whose life was shaped, in large part, by her summers at sleep-away camp. Welch, a Pittsburgh native, spent 10 years at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine, firs...
Hundreds volunteer for Mitzvah Day projects
by Erik Rosen, For the Chronicle
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Every Christmas Day, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community turns out in force to give help to those in need.  Now in its 13th year, Mitzvah Day is a stark reminder that the needs of the less fortunate are ...
Inclusion of Jews with disabilities is focus of inaugural leadership conference
by Simone Ellin, JNS.org
Dec 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva, and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal or...
Sidney gave his hometown a try, and hasn’t looked back
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, full disclosure here. I have known Sidney since he was 3, and one of my daughter’s favorite playmates. But here’s the thing: If someone had told me then that just 19 years later Sidney would be...
Metro Briefs December 26
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
J Street Pittsburgh will present an evening with Alan Elsner, vice president of communications for J Street Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall, 5738...
Squirrel Hill man scales COL steps 11 months after stroke
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Gillis has walked the city of Pittsburgh many times over. He has laced his shoes and headed out the door of his Squirrel Hill home, making his way up and down many hills. He has switched walk...