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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...
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JAA is launching nighttime dementia program to aid sufferers and caregivers
For caregivers of family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, nights can be rough. Dementia often has adverse affects on the sleep/wake cycle, causing many patients to “su...
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AJL’s new director of teen learning has ‘amazing’ plans for J-SITE
Courses in the films of Woody Allen or the Jewish roots of the humor of Jon Stewart and Sarah Silverman; instruction on how to build a makom kodesh from scratch, using natural resources; and the op...
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Metro Briefs August 7
Jewish Family & Children’s Service has announced two recent changes in the agency’s executive leadership staff. Dr. Jordan Golin, Psy. D., has been named chief operating officer and will also conti...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking a connection: Being Jewish in the northern suburbs has its challenges
Mars, Pa., has about as many Jewish families as Mars, the planet. Well, maybe just a few more, but they are rare. Ian Halper and his wife, Heather, moved to the Mars area in Butler County about six...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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The gift of meaning
by Masada Siegel
JointMedia News Service
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Every few months, we find ourselves behind the newest gadget. That s why gifts of technology are a huge hit for b'nai mitzvah gifts. But while those gifts are useful and fun, perhaps the best gifts...
Change in leadership at JAA
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Association on Aging has hired Deborah Winn-Horvitz as its new president and chief executive officer, replacing David Gritzer, who will assume the position of the organization’s chief op...
National Jewish museum takes rightful place  
by Beth Kissileff
Dec 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
PHILADELPHIA — “We moved from the 50-yard line to the owner’s box,” says Jay Nachman, the public relations director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, quoting the late museum board ...
Incubator project supports tech group for 20-something Jewish entrepreneurs
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 30, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Sophia Berman and Ariella Furman know a little something about start-ups. Furman, after all, is the CEO of her own start-up company in Pittsburgh, Framed in 3D, which produces animated training and...
Past ARZA president, wife warn threats to Israeli pluralism  
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Reform Judaism is on the rise in Israel, Rabbi Stanley and Resa Davids said. They should know. Jerusalem residents for seven years, he is the immediate past president of the Association of Reform Z...
Transgender Jews seek wider acceptance, understanding
by Ron Kaplan
Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Transgender and transsexual Jews face significant challenges in gaining acceptance from the Jewish community and in navigating through life in general.   Wheeling, W.Va., native and author Noach Dz...
Deaf Jewish artist makes exquisite Judaica
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Sharon Jo Serbin is a wood carver, sculptor, mosaic artist and muralist. She wrote a children’s book, entertains at birthday parties, models in the nude for art classes, is a trained masseuse, and ...
Local universities approach hate speech in different ways
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Nov 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Incidents such as the one at Kent State University, in which a tenured professor shouted “death to Israel” during a lecture by a former Israeli diplomat, are rare, if not unheard of, in Pittsburgh....
Brain Builders helps stem cognitive decline
Nov 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Brain Builders Club, a project of the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, has released a series of statistics it says demonstrates that the project is helping to stem cognitive decline in local sen...
Chasidic women dance night away  
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 23, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
On a chilly Tuesday night, Nov. 15, across the hall from the boys’ basketball practice, the Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts held what turned into an invigorating musical performance from...