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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Longtime mortician served Squirrel Hill
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 14, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Burton L. Hirsch, for years a man whose name was synonymous with giving Jews a proper and traditional funeral when their time came, has himself died, Monday, June 13. He was 92. For decades, the Hi...
‘Enemies: A Love Story’ puts Yiddish characters in bleak America
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: “Retro Reviews” is a yearlong series in which Chronicle Correspondent Hilary Daninhirsch will review Jewish-themed books that have been out of print for decades, or perhaps remain i...
Cohen retires; BBI Cuban relief office moved to D.C.
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
After 15 years as international chair of the B’nai B’rith International Cuban Jewish Relief Project, Stanley Cohen of Squirrel Hill is semi-retiring — a move that precipitates transferring the offi...
Eight over 80 raises thousands for senior citizens
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 280 people packed the Soldiers and Sailors banquet hall in Oakland, Thursday, June 2, to celebrate Eight Over 80, which honored eight members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community who, in th...
Archive project will tell stories of women rabbis
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
What started as an idea for a play — also a documentary — about women rabbis has transformed into a project to videotape interviews with these trailblazing clergy from all four streams of Judaism a...
EKC pool renovations complete in time for camp season
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Following about 10 months of construction, Emma Kaufmann Camp’s John and Leatrice Wolf Aquatics Center is ready for campers to dive in when the camp season begins June 19. Ground was first broken A...
Braunstein: Israel experience will influence Carson project
by Lee Chottiner
Jun 02, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
As the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale morphs into a modern museum reflecting the work of the famed nature writer, Joy Braunstein hopes it will attract crowds from all over the world. That es...
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival draws inspiration from fables
by Toby Tabachnick
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Three of the most renowned tales in Jewish folklore will come to life beginning this week, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. The Festival, an annual summer concert series founded in...
World traveling family donates new Torah to Pittsburgh Chabad
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Shavuot is the holiday in which Jews celebrate receiving the Torah from God. This year, Chabad of Pittsburgh can celebrate doubly. Just in time for Shavuot, a new-to-Pittsburgh family, the Atlans, ...
Jews prepare for their Shavuot all-nighter
by Toby Tabachnick
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The night before God gave the Torah to the Jews, they went to sleep so that they would be well rested for the next day’s momentous event, according to a story in the Midrash. But, they overslept. M...