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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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JFilm stages short film contest; competition goes international
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is sponsoring a competition for filmmakers who make shorts. The Robinson International Short Film Competition, as it’s called, is named for Sanford N. Robins...
The brew that’s fit for a Jew
by Matt Robinson
JNS
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Manischewitz has its role, but now and then, a Jew needs a good cold beer. Shmaltz Brewing Co., with headquarters in San Francisco and a brewery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been producing beers ...
Israeli dance troupe organizers hope to teach teens a step or two
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to the efforts of two Pittsburghers with a passion for Israeli culture, Jewish teenagers are invited to join a newly forming Israeli folk dance troupe that will represent the Jewish communit...
The Chronicle celebrates 50
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s Note: Retro News is a new column that will appear every week as part of the celebration of the Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Each week, Retro News will look at a past issue of the Chronic...
Was Grant an anti-Semite? Read this book and find out
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 05, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Jewish political influence in the United States trace its start to the worst act of discrimination Jews ever experienced in this country? Jonathan Sarna certainly thinks so. The acclaimed autho...
Come back to Jamaica; Judaism is thriving
by Paul Foer
JNS
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The many Cohens and Levys in the Jamaican phone books may not be practicing Jews, though they most likely recognize that they may be descendants of Sephardic Jews who settled there after fleeing th...
Concordia expands
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Concordia of the South Hills — formerly, the B’nai B’rith-sponsored Covenant at South Hills — broke ground last week on a 3,000 square feet expansion to its Health Center. Concordia Lutheran Minist...
Jewish seamstress’ memory pillows soften the grieving process
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Connor Scott’s grandmother lived for years with his family. In fact, he had not spent a day of his life without her. When she died, Connor missed her terribly. That’s when family friend and P...
Pittsburgh at convention
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Pittsburghers played a prominent role in the just-completed 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Sinai sent a 40-member delegation, making it the 12th largest ...
Braunstein to focus on oral history as new director of Holocaust Center
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has named Joy Braunstein as its new director. Braunstein, who has already started her new job, plans to focus on finding ways to ...