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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
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At Kollel event, chair of Orthodox Union urges Pittsburghers to get to know their politicians
American Jews must develop personal relationships with those in elected office for the sake of the security of the State of Israel, according to Howard Tzvi Friedman, the featured speaker at the Ko...
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Metro Briefs May 19
More than 50 students will put their creative problem-solving skills to the test in the first-ever Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Sunday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 6:30...
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Teenie Harris images of activism, resistance on exhibit at Holocaust Center
Charles “Teenie” Harris is best known for his photographs documenting African-American life in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. But an exhibit that opened last week at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburg...
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Jewish rituals, culture can play a role in eating disorders
While the incidence of eating disorders among Jewish women may not be higher than in the general population, the ways to effectively treat those disorders can be uniquely tied to cultural and relig...
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Memories of the Hill come alive through Blumenfeld exhibit
Rochelle Blumenfeld has been exhibiting her art — mostly abstract paintings — since the 1950s, but her most recent show, “Hill District Paintings,” may be the most personal. The octogenarian has cr...
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Lynn Cullen is the perennial performer
Lynn Cullen won’t stop. The one-time television news anchor, then radio talk show host and now podcaster is a perennial performer. “I love to entertain,” said Cullen, during an afternoon visit to h...
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Extensive collection of original Lincoln photos exhibited at North Side museum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
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It would be easy to walk right by the Photo Antiquities Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side without even noticing it and without ever going inside. But that would be a huge mistake. The storefront on...
Pittsburgh native draws huge following as ‘Dapper Professional’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Ben Rascoe remembers a time, not so long ago, when his buddies at Mt. Lebanon High School were making fun of his choice of attire. While his friends were sporting ill-fitting jeans and old soccer j...
'Israel Story' sounds good to local listeners
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coca Cola, chalk up “This American Life” as another item to achieve Western cultural exportation. “TAL,” the weekly hour-long public radio program, serves as the mode...
Last surviving Bielski brother deflects praise during Pittsburgh visit
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 03, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
As rare as it is to meet a movie star, perhaps less common is the chance to engage the subject of a feature film. However, for residents of Western Pennsylvania, last week provided several opportun...
The message is simple: In a minyan, girls count
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 27, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
“Almost a Minyan” is a picture book by Lori S. Kline, a Pittsburgh native currently living in Texas. In the book, an unnamed tween girl’s father regularly attends services in their small town, alwa...
Bend the Arc develops Pittsburgh presence
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
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Local Jews are countering President Donald Trump’s agenda. Operating under the banner Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh, the group, one of several branches within Bend the Arc’s network, is committed to gat...
Baseball opera with Pittsburgh roots destined to be a hit
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
It might not have been evident to just anyone, but to Daniel Sonenberg, the tale of a baseball player from Pittsburgh who rose to greatness in the Negro Leagues in the 1930s and 1940s “was an obvio...
Metro Briefs April 28
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The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the History Center and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invite the community to “The Gift of Art: Exploring Community Through Art and ...
Neil Sedaka, nostalgia will be featured at Heinz Hall
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
At 78, Neil Sedaka is still a prolific composer of new pop songs as well as classical works. But when the singer/songwriter who gave us “Laughter in the Rain” takes the stage at Heinz Hall May 12-1...
Rabbi Levy’s legacy, still relevant today, to be celebrated at Rodef Shalom
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In many ways, Rabbi J. Leonard Levy was ahead of his time. During his 16-year tenure as the spiritual leader of Rodef Shalom Congrega-tion, from 1901 until his death in 1917, Levy emphasized issues...