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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...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs December 2
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh issued a letter to the community with a reminder that it represents, without exception, a diverse community and acts in a nonpartisan manner and that dis...
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Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com

Arianna Sharfman has enjoyed “playing with cameras” since she was in high school. But it wasn’t until the Orthodox native Californian attended Pittsburgh’s Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Art...
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Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
Bill Strickland recently returned from Akko, Israel, having witnessed “a modern miracle.” Strickland is the founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the local nonprofit that proves th...
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JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
Though lacking the fanfare of a major motion picture release, a recent announcement in the Pittsburgh cinematic community has shined a light on an organization until now thought of as primarily a J...
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Anti-Semitism abroad not yet at 1930s level, but ‘bleak’ nonetheless
Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism. The meeting was arranged by the American Jew...
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roslyn Litman, ACLU ‘stalwart,’ leaves lasting legacy
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Roslyn “Roz” M. Litman was physically petite, but “pound for pound and inch by inch, she was the most formidable defender of civil liberties this country has ever known,” according to her longtime ...
Metro Briefs October 14
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
The Squirrel Hill Historical Society’s next free meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Holly Hippensteel, assistant dean of Stude...
Tax-exempt nonprofits must be mum when it comes to choosing between candidates
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Although this holiday season happens to coincide with one of the most divisive election seasons in recent history, congregational worshippers should not expect to hear their rabbis taking sides fro...
Metro Briefs October 7
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Rebuild-U, Penn State’s first hands-on Jewish service group, launches the first annual Nadav Ezra Day of Giving on Sunday, Oct. 16, which will be a day dedicated to providing direct community servi...
McKeesport native returns to record Jewish community’s history
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
By way of Philadelphia, Sam Zolten is bringing new life to McKeesport. For the past six years, the Jewish filmmaker has labored to preserve McKeesport’s Jewish past. “The McKeesport that we knew an...
Small but mighty Kether Torah looking to future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
In the past few months Kether Torah Congregation has lost 10 members, a pretty hard hit for a minyan that usually draws 15 to 25 people on Shabbat. But rather than throwing in the towel, the tiny O...
Puppets creating puppets for people
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Back in Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, amidst the cast iron, and the blast furnaces and the smelting and such, there flourished a noble foundry run by puppets. Or something like that. So goes the ...
‘Electric’ Israeli band delights in Pittsburgh debut
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
G-Nome Project produces a confounding experience. On display last week in Pittsburgh, the band’s brand of synthesized sounds and recurring pulsating themes — an Israeli livetronica electro-funk kin...
Friendly spaces for Pittsburgh’s Friendship Circle
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
A collaboration between Pittsburgh architecture firms Seigle Solow & Horne, and Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), the Friendship Circle’s new space on Murray Avenue, which was officially ...
Pittsburgh’s Jewish beekeepers want more buzz
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
The season of challah and honey has arrived. And while many may note the shortage of bees — a massive die-off has been going on for some time — when dipping their bread in the sticky sweet nectar t...