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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
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Indy living concept for dementia residents shows JAA the future
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Addressing a capacity crowd at the Jewish Association on Aging’s annual meeting, Steve Halpern painted the broad brushstrokes of JAA’s future: “the deinstitutionalization of senior living.” Halpern...
Kosher group home to open here next year
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Squirrel Hill’s first kosher group home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is slated to be up and running by mid-2014. The home, which will provide 24-hour care, seven...
Dershowitz, from law to Israel to new memoir, continues to fight for underdogs
by Matt Robinson, JNS.org
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 168 168 recommendations | email to a friend
Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and a number of lesser-known names, from the indigent to the infamous, have been Alan Dershowitz’s clients. Some may have been unpopular, but the noted at...
Women of the Wall to be celebrated at local Rosh Chodesh service
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Women of the Wall will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Nov. 3 and 4.  In recognition of the milestone, Rodef Shalom Congregation and the Jewish Women’s Cent...
Michelle Madoff-Scheske fought for clean air, women’s rights on the Pittsburgh City ‘Circus’
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Michelle Madoff-Scheske, the colorful and divisive Squirrel Hill woman who served on Pittsburgh City Council for more than 15 years, and whose brash outspokenness and flare for argument made her on...
USCJ conference evoked soul searching as members mulled movement’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week’s centennial meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was billed as “The Conversation of the Century.” And for the 1,200 Conservative Jews gathered in Baltimore for the con...
TOL-OLS finished 9th in Day of Giving
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha Congregation finished ninth in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving earlier this month. The congregation joined Rodef Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Greate...
JFNA research analyst finds few surprises, but challenges in Pew survey
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz didn’t bring any specific proposals to Pittsburgh last week when he met with Jewish leaders about the just-released Pew Survey of U.S. Jews. But the senior director for re...
Metro Briefs October 24
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present “Lessons from Kristallnacht: Maintaining Jewish Life, Culture, & Vibrancy in the ‘Ghetto,’ ” Sunday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p...
Fox Chapel residents begin delivering food in JRA startup
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
On a Sunday this past July, Jeff and Cheryl Lemberg of Fox Chapel were part of the first group of volunteers to pack and personally deliver boxes of food to waiting families across the region as pa...