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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Was Grant an anti-Semite? Read this book and find out
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 05, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Jewish political influence in the United States trace its start to the worst act of discrimination Jews ever experienced in this country? Jonathan Sarna certainly thinks so. The acclaimed autho...
Come back to Jamaica; Judaism is thriving
by Paul Foer
JNS
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The many Cohens and Levys in the Jamaican phone books may not be practicing Jews, though they most likely recognize that they may be descendants of Sephardic Jews who settled there after fleeing th...
Concordia expands
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Concordia of the South Hills — formerly, the B’nai B’rith-sponsored Covenant at South Hills — broke ground last week on a 3,000 square feet expansion to its Health Center. Concordia Lutheran Minist...
Jewish seamstress’ memory pillows soften the grieving process
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Connor Scott’s grandmother lived for years with his family. In fact, he had not spent a day of his life without her. When she died, Connor missed her terribly. That’s when family friend and P...
Pittsburgh at convention
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Pittsburghers played a prominent role in the just-completed 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Sinai sent a 40-member delegation, making it the 12th largest ...
Braunstein to focus on oral history as new director of Holocaust Center
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has named Joy Braunstein as its new director. Braunstein, who has already started her new job, plans to focus on finding ways to ...
Kether Torah revisited
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
About 40 people climbed into a charter bus Sunday waiting outside of New Light Congregation in Squirrel Hill to take a tour of historic Jewish Pittsburgh sites. Rabbi Jonathan Perelman of New Light...
Winners of cover contest
Dec 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
For this year’s Chanuka cover contest, schools from around the county inundated the Chronicle with submissions. With this happy situation in mind, we decided it would be more appropriate to select ...
Former Major Leaguers building ‘Team Israel’
by Ken Mandel
JNS
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When Shawn Green retired from Major League Baseball at age 34, he traded the game he loved for the relaxed life of a family man and eventual author. As teams contacted the outfielder/first baseman ...
Genocide in Darfur remains critical
by Brandt Gelman
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Solomon, a junior at Georgetown University and national student director of STAND (the student-led division of United Against Genocide), traveled to Pittsburgh this past weekend to impart on...