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Metro Briefs May 26
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present its communitywide all-night study session on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Choose fr...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
May 24, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU innovators build a better bra
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s some uplifting news coming out of a collaborative workspace in East Liberty, thanks to the efforts of two young Carnegie Mellon University industrial design grads who are building a better ...
Vaccinate or else: Jewish day schools value their responsibility to good health
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
Gazing out the window at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s office overlooking Heinz Field, Nina Butler was reminded of the words of Dr. Anne Schuchat: “You can bring the measles virus into an aren...
Metro Briefs February 12
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
Living & Learning , a service of Squirrel Hill Psychological Services, will hold a program on interfaith family dynamics on Monday, Feb. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Temple David in Monroeville, located ...
In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early di...
Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama
by Anthony Weiss, JTA
Feb 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
PARK CITY, Utah — Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, nothing about filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance su...
One man’s remarkable comeback from brain trauma: ‘I was just lucky’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
If you have to be the victim of a subarachnoid hemorrhage of the right vertebral artery — an “often fatal, but usually debilitating, event” — it’s good to be Yitzchak Francus. The Squirrel Hill res...
‘Rebuilding people’ has become the mantra of these pain specialists
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
Paula J., 57, a fitness instructor in Pittsburgh who specializes in plyometrics (jump training), boot camp and Zumba, sustained a painful knee injury while teaching a class six years ago. When she ...
Metro Briefs February 5
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
Cantor Henry Shapiro , spiritual leader at Parkway Jewish Center, after a long career of performing and studying Jewish music, is presenting his own Friday evening musical Shabbat service filled wi...
Royalty in America? Exploring the world of U.S. ambassadors
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
So you think you want to be an American ambassador to a foreign country? It might be easier to get elected president. To become an ambassador, you’re either going to have to work your way up throug...
Cuba’s Jewish community mirrors rest of country’s struggling population
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
The flight from Miami to Havana lasts less than an hour, but when a recent delegation from Pittsburgh went to the island nation of Cuba last month, its members felt they had entered a completely di...