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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
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At Kollel event, chair of Orthodox Union urges Pittsburghers to get to know their politicians
American Jews must develop personal relationships with those in elected office for the sake of the security of the State of Israel, according to Howard Tzvi Friedman, the featured speaker at the Ko...
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Metro Briefs May 19
More than 50 students will put their creative problem-solving skills to the test in the first-ever Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Sunday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 6:30...
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Teenie Harris images of activism, resistance on exhibit at Holocaust Center
Charles “Teenie” Harris is best known for his photographs documenting African-American life in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. But an exhibit that opened last week at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburg...
May 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish rituals, culture can play a role in eating disorders
While the incidence of eating disorders among Jewish women may not be higher than in the general population, the ways to effectively treat those disorders can be uniquely tied to cultural and relig...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Memories of the Hill come alive through Blumenfeld exhibit
Rochelle Blumenfeld has been exhibiting her art — mostly abstract paintings — since the 1950s, but her most recent show, “Hill District Paintings,” may be the most personal. The octogenarian has cr...
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Lynn Cullen is the perennial performer
Lynn Cullen won’t stop. The one-time television news anchor, then radio talk show host and now podcaster is a perennial performer. “I love to entertain,” said Cullen, during an afternoon visit to h...
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‘Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome’: Joel Grey to appear at JAA fundraiser
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
If anyone has mastered the art of aging, it’s Joel Grey. The stage and screen star whose portrayal of the enigmatic, slightly degenerate emcee in “Cabaret” defined not only the role, but set the to...
People-to-people mission to Cuba delivers
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill Cartiff and nearly 30 other Jewish singles recently returned from a trip to Cuba. The expedition, hosted by Best-Day Adventures, a division of Ayelet Tours, was a humanitarian, people-to-peopl...
Metro Briefs May 12
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh launched a communitywide study of Jewish life and needs in the Jewish community in the greater Pittsburgh area last week. The study, the first such effor...
Food, fun, music harmonize with wild weather during Israel celebration
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh and its Jewish community truly showed their colors at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Radiant bursts of optimism pierced a day whose ugliness featured tenebrous skies, howling wi...
Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
Israel’s fallen statesman
by Aaron Leibel, Special to The Chronicle
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
Local handball player achieves national mark, historical legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
David Fink is a local legend. From the downstairs courts at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, his lore soars. “He’s been the best to ever come out of the JCC,” remarked Ronald Jaco...
Olim who came back to U.S. describe challenges of aliyah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Melody Coven had wanted to make aliyah ever since she was 15 and studying for a semester in Israel. “For me it was very ideological,” said Coven, a 2008 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. “I want...
Metro Briefs May 5
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Beth El Congregation of the South Hills , spiritually led by husband-wife duo Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum, is celebrating its centennial year. The congregation, tucked away in a remote corner bet...
As primary looms, candidates for magistrate district judge make their cases
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
Of the four candidates competing in the Democratic primary in District 05-2-35 (the 7th and 14th wards) for magisterial district judge, three are men and three are lawyers. Abbie Campsie, a therapi...