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Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
Tragically, it seems that almost weekly there are reports of random shootings and attacks across the United States. In 2014, a shooting at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City left three de...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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JAA to open new memory care facility
Before donning hardhats and hoisting shovels — requisite tools for a groundbreaking photo — representatives of the Jewish Association on Aging explained the groundbreaking nature of their new insti...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
While the majority of the estimated 135 Jewish cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania continue to be well maintained, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has convened a task force to ensure tha...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
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Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
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Metro Briefs December 9
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
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Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
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Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
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For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend
AYANOT, Israel — An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generation...
Israel under fire: First-person account describes what you don’t see on the news
by Melody Mostow Coven, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 17, 2014 | 6 6 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The date is July 11, 2014. The truth is, I don’t even really know how to start this, and finding the energy to write down my thoughts is a challenge enough. I’m not sure exactly what to feel or whi...
Hundreds gather in support of Jewish state
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 400 community members came together in support of Israel and to hear a briefing on its Operation Protective Shield delivered by a Middle East security expert Tuesday night, filling Levins...
Pride, worry surround family whose IDF daughter is in thick of things
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
Six thousand miles from Pittsburgh, city natives are combining opportunity and bravery while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Joining the IDF and making the country a new residence is no news ...
Metro Briefs July 17
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers. Funds collected through ...
‘Passion, great attitude’ frame Norman Childs’ success in eyewear industry
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
When he was just 14 years old, Norman Childs had a chance meeting that ultimately dictated the course of his life. Sitting in a hospital waiting room while his grandfather was ill, Childs struck up...
Teens in Israel: ‘Having fun but very uncomfortable’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Maddy Rudoy, 17, arrived in Israel on July 1 with BBYO and is still there enjoying her tour, according to her mother, Holly Rudoy of Mt. Lebanon. “They’re definitely having fun,” Holly Rudoy said o...
From dance tunes to stories, Simply Tsfat rocks Pittsburgh with a joy for Jewish life
by Simone Shapiro, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 14, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 162 162 recommendations | email to a friend
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, explained niggunim as “songs that transcend syllables and sound.” On Sunday night, June 29, that soulful nature was on display, as Simply Tsaf, a group of t...
With ‘juices flowing,’ Goodman relishes new South Hills role with Jewish Federation
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
After about a year of searching for the right person for the job, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has hired Rob Goodman of Upper St. Clair to serve as the director of the new South Hill...
Metro Briefs July 10
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Rodef Shalom Congregation will hold its second free garden party on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Jimmy Adler Band will play original blues. The Goldstein Entertainment Endowmen...