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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Jewish prisoner advocacy relies on interns’ dedication
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
When Matt Madruga was growing up Roman Catholic in Southern California, he probably could not have predicted that he would one day be working for a rabbi in Pittsburgh and advocating on behalf of J...
'A powerful voice for the finest of Jewish values’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate who became a leading icon of Holocaust remembrance and a global symbol of conscience, died Saturday at 87. His death was the result of natural...
Local teachers dig through biblical history
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
In Israel, a country one-sixth the size of Pennsylvania, startups share the same sites as ancient artifacts. Marc Rice, who just returned from an archaeology-focused trip there with Classrooms With...




The meaning of Friendship
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Dave Soltesz of the Penguins Foundation presented the Friendship Circle (and board member Dorothy Pollon and her son Ben) with a $5,000 check in support of its Sports League, a regular and popular ...
Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...




Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
Metro Briefs June 30
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...