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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Say it ain’t so, Ryan; say it ain’t so
by Jonathan Mayo
The Chosen 1s
Dec 15, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
I am what many would call a jaded baseball writer. While I still have passion for the game and beauty of it when it’s played between the lines, I’ve grown cynical when it comes to the various off-t...
Yoffie, Jacobs meet the media
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing president of the Union for Reform Judaism, had two words of advice Wednesday for his successor, Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "Change everything." Well, maybe not ...
Bazooka Jew goes political
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
OK,whenever you register at a convention, you're handed a goodie bag filled with schedules, agendas, visitor guides to the host city, commemorative pens and goodies such as candy, soft drinks and b...
The Biennial opens
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The largest gathering of North American Jews in history opened Wednesday as 6,000 descended upon National Harbor near Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Union for Reform Judaism Biennial. The Gaylord N...
Miller's ‘Focus’ holds up as timeless condemnation of   anti-Semitism
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Miller is best known for being a playwright (and perhaps second best for being Marilyn Monroe’s husband), but many readers may not realize that he penned only one novel:  “Focus,” written in...
Chocolate headquarters
by Matt Robinson
JointMedia News Service
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It was not until his tour in the Israel Defense Forces that Oded “Max” Brenner even came in contact with a kitchen. “At first, I had no interest in cooking,” Brenner, founder of the Max Brenner int...
Questions posed through poet’s eyes
by Judith Robinson
For the Chronicle
Dec 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Philip Terman’s new poetry collection, “The Torah Garden,” reflects a local writer who is deeply concerned with what most of us know as well as the palms of our hands: the many struggles encountere...
Area foundation will award $1K grants to first-time Jewish campers
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Pittsburghers, attending a Jewish overnight camp for the first time, are eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 grant to help cover their tuition. The grants are made possible by the Papernick...
Local woman made extreme decisions following genetic testing results
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Kathy Pattak did not have ovarian or breast cancer. Nevertheless, in 1999, she opted to have a hysterectomy, and in 2005, she underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, as well. Pattak chose to ha...
The gift of meaning
by Masada Siegel
JointMedia News Service
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 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...