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Not all on board with Jewish efforts to bring Syrians to Pittsburgh
By and large, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community — in line with the American Jewish community in general — has rallied behind efforts to bring Syrian refugees to the United States. Formal statements in ...
Mar 23, 2017 | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldberg to leave NCSY but will stay in Pittsburgh
Rabbi Ari Goldberg and his wife Rachel came to Pittsburgh 11 years ago, when Goldberg accepted a two-year position as a part-time assistant rabbi at Congregation Poale Zedeck and youth director for...
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Local Torahs serve as historical lessons for students
History is often told through documents. In Oakland, that lesson is being shared through scrolls. Throughout the semester, students in Rachel Kranson’s “Jews and Judaism: Modern” course at the Univ...
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J-Serve brings teens together for community service
The message is so simple you could text it: Pittsburgh’s Jewish teens love volunteering. For the 12th consecutive year, enthusiastic Steel City youths participated in J-Serve, a standalone day of s...
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Pittsburgh native fulfills ‘Amazing’ dream
Becca Droz has known since she was 11 years old that one day she would travel the world as a contestant on the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.” That dream was finally fulfilled with the filming...
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Metro Briefs March 24
Elected officials and faculty members at Pittsburgh area universities will unite to show their support for the Jewish student community at Shabbat1000 on Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. The event, an...
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Interfaith trip to Israel sheds light for Jewish, Christian ‘pilgrims’
Janice and Myron Watzman had been talking about taking a trip together to Israel since the day they were married in 1990. Janice, who is Roman Catholic, and Myron, who is Jewish, were just waiting ...
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H. Yale Gutnick and a life in print
H. Yale Gutnick has lived a life in print. For decades, the septuagenarian has filed briefs, documents and other legal records across federal and state courts throughout the country. The Philadelph...
Mar 15, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs March 17
Members of J Street Pittsburgh participated in the National J Street Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. Participants will share their reflections and experiences on...
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Lesa Morrison, devoted to others, lived life her way
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
For Lesa Morrison, the concept of tikkun olam was a way of life. From her work in Honduras as a member of the Peace Corps, to her empowerment of residents of Nairobi, Kenya, Morrison really was try...
Beth Israel Center up for sale
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
After more than 50 years of providing a spiritual hub for Jews in Jefferson Hills and the greater Mon Valley, Beth Israel Center has put its building up for sale. The asking price for the 8,280-squ...
Karen Wolk Feinstein launches movement toward better health care
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Health care is not like Uber, but it should be. At least according to Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative who delivered a TEDx talk last month in Br...
‘Questioning Return’ is newest offering from Pittsburgh author Beth Kissileff
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Wendy Goldberg, the protagonist in “Questioning Return,” is a Jewish-American grad student and Fulbright scholar studying religion at Princeton in the mid-1990s. To fulfill her Ph.D. requirements, ...
Metro Briefs December 30
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Beth El Congregation of the South Hills will hold a one-time public viewing of the film “The People vs. Fritz Bauer” on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. This film is set in 1957 Germany and is about Jewish...
Pitt lecturer on team to excavate site in Galilee
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
When Ben Gordon headed off to Israel following college, he thought he was destined to become a rabbi. He enrolled in the Conservative movement’s yeshiva and studied for two years, but after he answ...
Steven Fienberg, illustrious statistician who set a standard for scholarship, passes away
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
Steven Fienberg, a statistician whose fascination with figures and other data enabled him to travel the world keynoting conferences and collaborating with other scholars, died in his sleep Wednesda...
Rabbi Mark Mahler, after almost four decades at Temple Emanuel, announces retirement
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a large and vivid oil painting displayed on a wall in the rabbi’s study at Temple Emanuel of South Hills. The painting depicts a man standing by a window, wrapped in tallis and tefillin, a...
Rally for Unity held to counter hate incidents in Mt. Lebanon
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
In response to several recent identity-based hate-related incidents in Mt. Lebanon, state Rep. Dan Miller (D-District 42) organized a Unity Rally last Sunday to bring the community together to cele...
Super Sunday brings in new callers for old mission
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
In a wireless world in which the concept of connection is changing, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is employing the tried-and-true phonathon as part of its march into the future. “A fo...