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An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...
Aug 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Civic engagement fund supports projects in and out of the community

A new dose of vibrancy has arrived for local organizations. Mini-grants, ranging from $600 to $7,000, were awarded to 13 initiatives aimed at strengthening, supporting and engaging Pittsburgh’s div...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
It’s no secret that hospital food can be pretty unappealing, and kosher hospital food is no exception. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introdu...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Jewish prisoner advocacy relies on interns’ dedication
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
When Matt Madruga was growing up Roman Catholic in Southern California, he probably could not have predicted that he would one day be working for a rabbi in Pittsburgh and advocating on behalf of J...
'A powerful voice for the finest of Jewish values’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate who became a leading icon of Holocaust remembrance and a global symbol of conscience, died Saturday at 87. His death was the result of natural...
Local teachers dig through biblical history
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
In Israel, a country one-sixth the size of Pennsylvania, startups share the same sites as ancient artifacts. Marc Rice, who just returned from an archaeology-focused trip there with Classrooms With...




The meaning of Friendship
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Dave Soltesz of the Penguins Foundation presented the Friendship Circle (and board member Dorothy Pollon and her son Ben) with a $5,000 check in support of its Sports League, a regular and popular ...
Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...




Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
Metro Briefs June 30
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...