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Metro Briefs February 24
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees

Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...
Feb 21, 2017 | 22 22 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs February 17
Temple Sinai is looking for lollipop kids, monkeys, witches and more for its “Wizard of Oz” themed Purim shpiel. Rehearsals are every Sunday in February and open to all ages. Rehearsals begin with ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Connecting Communities’ brings teens together in common cause
Teens representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center met at the Senator John Heinz History Center last week for the start of a collaborativ...
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Metro Briefs February 10
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh took issue with the Presidential Executive Order that imposes a four-month suspension on the United States refugee pro...
Pittsburgher gets national position with John Birch Society
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 9 9 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Andy “Hirsh” Dlinn remembers the precise moment he decided to join the John Birch Society more than 30 years ago. Always a strong believer in “limited government and liberty,” Dlinn was manning a l...
Dealing with anti-Semitism in the South Hills
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 160 Jewish adults and children gathered at Temple Emanuel of South Hills Monday night to discuss recent incidents of anti-Semitism in their community and gain tools to effectively respond...
A wallet that protects your protection
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
There are currently more than 1,200 different wallets featured on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding website. There is a paper wallet that holds a notebook and pen, luxury leather wallets handcr...
Cantor seeks voices for community choir
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Cantor Rena Shapiro has been in Pittsburgh about two and half years, but in that short time has already found her niche in the Jewish community here. Actually, it would be more accurate to say “nic...
Local Jewish agencies adopt wait-and-see approach when it comes to funding
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s Jewish agencies, many of whom rely on government spending in some form, are responding to the political and budgetary volatility in Washington, in many cases, with a wait-and-see appro...
The many faces of Tel Aviv — in the heart of Mt. Lebanon
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Kate Wagle Hitmar is not Jewish and has not been to Israel, but after being surrounded by the diverse faces depicted in the photographs of Erez Kaganovitz, she is ready for a trip to Tel Aviv. Hitm...
Water, water everywhere, but some unsafe to drink
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Just two weeks ago, Danny Butler began using bottled water in his home because his sister, who works for an Israeli water company, cautioned him against using Pittsburgh tap water. So, the Squirrel...
Going to ground: Turkey beats beef
by Linda Morel, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
“Let’s give ground turkey a try,” I said to my husband. “It’s better for us than beef.” “But it’s so dry,” David said. “You have to pour half a bottle of ketchup on a turkey burger just to make it ...
Before departure, Jewish educator is thankful for the journey
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 01, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Carolyn Gerecht believes that it may have been random as to why she ended up in Pittsburgh a decade ago. But since her arrival, say those who know her, the Jewish educator has done nothing other th...