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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Sense of humor useful for these area rabbis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
So, there was that time when a well-intentioned non-Jewish member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills gave Rabbi Mark Mahler a canned ham for Chanukah. “In my thank you note, I acknowledged that I am ...
Farmers Market booth more than a summer job
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonah Keller was strolling through the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market one Sunday last summer with his family when, seeing the abundance of produce and other foods, inspiration struck. “I just thought...
Native son recalls hand in ‘Golden Age’ of B movies
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
To hear Milt Moritz describe his Hollywood days is to be treated to life of a bygone era. “It was not sophistication, it was by the seat of your pants,” Moritz said recently of his time with Americ...
Torah thefts are down thanks to some detective work
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Several local sefer Torahs may now be safer Torahs, following a visit from a Jerusalem-based nonprofit with a computerized technique of Torah scroll identification and registration. The system, dev...
Metro Briefs August 4
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. The Fede...
Roberto Clemente and the Torah he hit home
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Roberto Clemente once hit a home run that took more than 40 years to land. When asked about the particular bat that lifted much more than a single ball, Clemente’s son recently said, “It’s amazing....
Tours of building signal new mikvah’s opening on the horizon
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
After six years of fundraising and construction, Squirrel Hill’s new women’s mikvah will soon be open for use. Judy Kanal, a board member who is heading up tours of the new ritual bath on the 6300 ...
World-renowned ophthalmologist foresees future in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh looks pretty good to José-Alain Sahel, the world-renowned ophthalmologist and scientist who recently moved from Strasbourg, France, to Squirrel Hill. “The feeling we got in Squirrel Hill...
Metro Briefs 7-28
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
by Leigh Ann Totty, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...