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Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
Tragically, it seems that almost weekly there are reports of random shootings and attacks across the United States. In 2014, a shooting at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City left three de...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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JAA to open new memory care facility
Before donning hardhats and hoisting shovels — requisite tools for a groundbreaking photo — representatives of the Jewish Association on Aging explained the groundbreaking nature of their new insti...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
While the majority of the estimated 135 Jewish cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania continue to be well maintained, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has convened a task force to ensure tha...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
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Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
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Metro Briefs December 9
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
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Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
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Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
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Plenty of friends on hand for Friendship Circle grand opening
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
The Friendship Circle counted plenty of friends among the crowd that had gathered Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s new facilities in the heart of Squirrel Hill. Located a...
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, rabbi are parting ways
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Chuck Diamond will be leaving his position as spiritual leader of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation next summer, pursuant to an agreement recently negotiated by attorneys for the rabbi an...
Why Tel Aviv is so crazy about dogs
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — It’s not every day you see a dog getting a massage. But in this Israeli city, somehow it seems expected. At Tel Aviv’s first official dog festival last month, hundreds of dogs took over ...
Opioid addiction moves out of the shadows, even as it spreads like wildfire
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Charlene was planning for her 27-year-old son to attend the opioid addiction town hall meeting, but he didn’t make it. Addicted to opioids since 2011, but sober for the last six months, the son rel...
Metro Briefs September 9
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai will hold an Open House and Sinai at 70 Shabbat Service on Friday, Sept. 9. The Open House begins at 6 p.m. and the service and special oneg at 7 p.m. For more information on Sinai at ...
Congregations, JAA examine occupying one site
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation and the Jewish Association on Aging are exploring the possibility of creating senior housing for the community, as well as a new synagogue space, on the congre...
Educational programs, initiatives bring welcome changes
by Masha Sholler and Adam Reinherz
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
The recent sound of school bells signal summer’s end. But seasonal demise is no reason for sadness, as a swath of new programs are promising optimal educational experiences for Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Jewish community celebrates year of accomplishments
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Community members from all corners of Jewish Pittsburgh gathered last week for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual meeting to celebrate its accomplishments, honor some of its most ...
Editors of book about Jewish women hope it inspires more stories
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
A new book is telling old stories with the intent to spawn fresh work. “Her Deeds Sing Her Praises: Profiles of Pittsburgh Jewish Women” relates 21 brief biographies of local Jewish women spanning ...
A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots — by teaching gospel music in Harlem
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It’s a very humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The ...