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Metro Briefs April 16
Two hundred sixth- through 12th-grade area teens , along with 15,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects, as ...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Leadership Pittsburgh gives off great vibe in meeting community’s challenges
It shouldn’t be too surprising that the CEO and president of the area’s premier leadership program has the initials A.M.O., much like the slang form of ammunition, meaning the information used to p...
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Iran oversight advances after last-minute negotiations

In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its...
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ZOA, CAMERA target Post-Gazette for anti-Israel bias
Jewish groups singled out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for rebuke, calling the daily newspaper out for purported anti-Israel bias in its editorials. In a letter addressed to Post-Gazette publisher a...
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Metro Briefs April 9
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will host a post-Passover luncheon for its regular members and the Jewish Singles Special Needs Group on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 2 p....
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Lifelong connections, call to action drive Diller Teen Fellows

There was a lot about his visit to Pittsburgh that Zohar Mattatia found compelling, he said, including a tour of the Andy Warhol Museum and a visit to “all different kinds of synagogues.” But while...
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‘Etty,’ the play: from Amsterdam to Auschwitz
Classrooms Without Borders is offering the opportunity to step back in time to spend an evening with a bright, young Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 29...
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Knitters, crocheters find nirvana at city’s popular festival

Entering the ballroom of the Westin Convention Center on Sunday, March 29 was like walking into a rainbow, surrounded by splashes of kaleidoscopic color from every angle. More than 70 vendors fille...
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‘Passport to Israel,’ scholarships help make teen trips to Israel a reality
Organized teen travel to Israel is among the top predictors for strong Jewish engagement into adulthood, according to several recent studies, but those trips can be pricey, ranging from $5,000 to m...
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Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Metro Briefs January 15
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Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
Veteran Jewish bowlers keep on rollin’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
In Harmarville on Wednesday nights, a group of Jewish men bowl. For many of them, this has been common practice for well over three decades. Mike Samuels started bowling with the group 43 years ago...
Birthright a soul-stirring experience for local youth leader
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
Judaism had never played a large role in Mike Feinberg’s life, but after finishing his master’s degree in employment and labor relations, he started doing some soul-searching. He had always loved t...
Metro Briefs January 8
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Emanuel of South Hills has hired Leslie Hoffman as its new executive director. Hoffman fills the position formerly held by Saralouise Reis, who passed away in August. Interim executive direc...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Combining art and community is this AJM curator’s masterpiece
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
Art can inspire and challenge. It can serve as storyteller and historian. It can exist simply to make the world more beautiful. But for Melissa Hiller, director of the American Jewish Museum, art h...
‘Mr. Greensburg’ leaves a legacy of communal betterment
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert “Bob” Davis moved from Greensburg to Pittsburgh four years ago, but despite Squirrel Hill’s abundance of synagogues, he refused to join any. Instead, the nonagenerian frequently returned to ...
Composting in Braddock brings life amid decay
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
Smoke rises from a wasteland as the sound of pitchforks hits the earth. Piles of decay are turned, stoked and fed. The crisp winter air chills those gathered as a long stemmed thermometer inserted ...