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Barbra’s ‘Cellar’ comes to life in stranger-than-truth one-man show
Actor Tom Lenk is having great fun playing the leading man in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of the comedy “Buyer and Cellar.” But he is also having a blast, he said, playing the show’s...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wagners ‘walk the walk’ with their commitment to be involved
Richard Wagner recalls his father, Harry, having the last word at a family seder years ago at the home of Richard’s sister. The Wagner clan had just completed reciting the story of the Jews’ exodus...
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Metro Briefs May 28
The Kollel Tributary Event Honoring the Kagan Family Legacy – Rebbetzin Esther Kagan and Rabbi Aaron and Efrat Kagan — will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Phipps Conservatory outdoor...
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Obama charms D.C. congregation but stands firm on two-state solution, Iran negotiations
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama went on the charm offensive last week, declaring publicly what his most ardent Jewish Democratic supporters have said he’s expressed privately: a love of the Jew...
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Israeli pharmaceutical giant’s bid for rival a hard pill to swallow
It’s been described as a brawl in the pharmaceutical industry, a Shakespearian comedy featuring generic drug giants as star-crossed lovers. No matter what it’s called, there’s no end in sight for t...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs May 21
Beth Kissileff will speak following Shavuot morning services on Sunday, May 24 at Young Peoples Synagogue/ Bohnai Yisrael, at 6404 Forbes Ave., at the corner of Denniston. Kissileff’s talk is entit...
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‘Pitboss’ brings kosher Texas-style BBQ to Pittsburgh
The season of road tripping has begun. Some are traveling with friends, others are visiting family. Ari White came to Pittsburgh with 160 pounds of meat. White drove the nearly 400 miles between Ne...
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Clergy’s trip to Israel brings renewed focus on hope
The Rev. Liddy Barlow had never before visited Israel, but what she witnessed and learned while traveling the land with Rabbi Jamie Gibson — and a cohort of 13 other interfaith pairs from across th...
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Jewishness has helped this story-telling cop be a better officer
If a police car stops beside you while you are strolling in Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, and the officer inside rolls down his window and calls you over, don’t be alarmed. It just might be Officer ...
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In the world of poverty, Circles is a vital program for connecting the dots
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
When I arrived at the Poverty Simulation workshop on May 4 at the Levinson Hall’s main entrance at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, I was no longer Bee Schindler. I would be a part of ...
Bob Adler celebrates 95 his way
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people celebrate birthdays with cakes. Others hang streamers and signs. For Robert “Bob” Adler’s 95th birthday, he led Shacharit and Musaf services and chanted the Haftarah. While family and f...
Objection not overruled: School board opt-out policy ‘baffling'
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
A Franklin Regional School Board member is being forced to defend her words after seeming to endorse Holocaust denial during a debate over an expanded opt-out policy. Board member Jane Tower drew c...
At J&R Day Camp, nature calls, and the approach is intentional
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
J&R Day Camp is headed back to its roots, as the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s summer program for children ages 2 to 16 refocuses on nature — and intention — in its emphasis on th...
Maurice “Tito” Braunstein, a Jewish life in one act
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Maurice “Tito” Braunstein, Pittsburgh’s patron of Jewish theater, passed away on Sunday, April 26. He was 86. For most of his adult life, Braunstein straddled two acts — law and performing arts. Af...
At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
Metro Briefs May 7
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that Meryl Ainsman will chair the 2016 Annual Campaign. Ainsman holds several executive committee roles: vice chair of the board of directo...
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Effective advocacy for Israel: learning techniques that work
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Supporters of the State of Israel often feel angry and frustrated when they read incorrect and misleading  articles on the Israeli elections, the Arab-Israel conflict and other related topics, but ...
Center for Women’s internship program provides huge workforce opportunity
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Karen Burns Sharif had been out of the workforce for about 10 years, primarily as a stay-at-home mom, when she first heard about the Center for Women’s internship program for women seeking to enter...