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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
Metro Briefs July 21
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy Shapira was elected chair of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education this month. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established by statute...
PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
Metro Briefs July 14
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...
Smell of kosher food wafts across Squirrel Hill farmers market
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
At the Sunday farmers market in Squirrel Hill, sandwiched between the coffee vendors, homemade jams and tables of fruits and vegetables, kosher-observant Jews can find a stall all for them. Chef.Ra...
American travelers return Jewish life to secret Portuguese shul
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
A small synagogue, unused since the 1960s and hidden in a house on an unassuming street in Ponta Delgada — an island town in Portugal’s Azores islands — once again was filled with the sound of Shab...
This community force, honored by city for century of life, has never used a computer
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s not every day that the City of Pittsburgh declares a day in your honor. But then again, it’s not every day that you reach the century mark, either. “This kid’s been around for 100 years,” said...