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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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At B’nai Abraham, one burst pipe leads to a flood — of mitzvot
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Who could have guessed that a bounty of mitzvot would have been engendered by a single burst pipe? The story began last winter, when a water pipe burst over the sanctuary of Congregation B’nai Abra...
Departure of AJL’s ‘wonderful resource, wonderful thinker’ leaves huge shoes to fill
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
After five years of serving as the Agency for Jewish Learning’s community scholar, as well as its director of systemic initiatives, Rabbi Dr. Scott Aaron will be leaving Pittsburgh to take a new po...
‘Shall your brothers come to war while you sit here?’ Three from Pittsburgh answer the call
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 05, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
A young Palestinian girl calls down from an upstairs window of a house in Gaza, crying for the Israeli soldiers below to help her: The house is on fire. When the young soldiers enter the house to r...
Saralouise Reis: ‘the glue that held everything together’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Saralouise Reis, a lifelong Jewish communal servant and longtime administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Emanuel of South Hills who inspired generations of Pittsburghers, passed away J...
Metro Briefs July 31
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Pomegranate is a new food vendor at the Squirrel Hill farmers’ market offering a variety of dishes under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Amy Levin. From its stall in the parking lot behind the form...
BBYO trip turns into eyewitness to conflict: ‘We were living it’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Jeremy Witchel arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 3, ready to experience three weeks of Israel “BBYO-style,” touring the historical and cultural sites of the Jewish state while immersed in leade...
Reporting on the Gaza conflict: In Israel, it’s all Israel, all the time
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
As Israelis have been incessantly watching their televisions for the last few weeks, constantly monitoring updates of Operation Protective Shield, for the larger Arab world still grappling with the...
Local rally welcomes thousands in support of Israel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
As fighting continued overseas, pro-Israel Pittsburghers packed a Squirrel Hill gymnasium and spilled out into a neighboring auditorium July 27 in support of the Jewish state. Representing diverse ...
Aliyah during wartime
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — The Jewish state’s newest crop of immigrants had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli cit...
Third intifada? It’s happening, says scholar, and Hamas’ strategy (kidnappings) is set
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
The call of Hamas for a third intifada is “mostly semantics,” according to Asaf Romirowsky, an adjunct scholar at the Foundation for Defense for Democracies and the Middle East Forum. “We’re alread...