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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Re-envisioned Frick Aims for Crowds
Members of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joined Councilman Corey O’Connor at the Children’s Institute to publicly address progress on the Frick Environmental Ce...
Apr 10, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Chronicle Transforms its Operations
Changes are ahead at The Jewish Chronicle. The newspaper entered into a strategic partnership with the Maryland-based WJW Media Group that will see it outsource such back-office functions as accoun...
Apr 09, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bulletproof ballads
Chatham University’s campus was rocked on Saturday night by the Bulletproof Stockings, a name that playfully pokes fun at the thick opaque tights worn by Orthodox Jewish women and whose members are...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kol Shira crosses ‘unspoken religious boundaries’ with song, respect
One is a physical therapist. One is a website editor. Many are mothers. All of them are Jewish singers. Chantal Belman, Lynn Berman, Leah Herman, Beth Jacobs, Jeanne McHale, Gilah Moritz, Jessica W...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Professor, rabbis disagree over legality of rabbinic hiring rules
Anyone serving on a rabbinic search committee for a Reform or Conservative congregation quickly learns one thing: there are rules. And those rules control, at least to some degree, which rabbis are...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Our Top 10 local stories of 2013
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Chuck Diamond’s recent announcement that he would begin officiating at interfaith weddings led to considerable debate. It’s wasn’t that Diamond, spiritual leader of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha C...
New mikveh groundbreaking slated for February at ZOA site
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
After years of planning and fundraising, a February groundbreaking is anticipated for the new community women’s mikveh in Squirrel Hill, with completion projected in about a year. “We are really ex...
Girls camp for children who lost parents to open at EKC
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jan 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Sandi Lando Welch is one of those people whose life was shaped, in large part, by her summers at sleep-away camp. Welch, a Pittsburgh native, spent 10 years at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine, firs...
Hundreds volunteer for Mitzvah Day projects
by Erik Rosen, For the Chronicle
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Every Christmas Day, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community turns out in force to give help to those in need.  Now in its 13th year, Mitzvah Day is a stark reminder that the needs of the less fortunate are ...
Inclusion of Jews with disabilities is focus of inaugural leadership conference
by Simone Ellin, JNS.org
Dec 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva, and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal or...
Sidney gave his hometown a try, and hasn’t looked back
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, full disclosure here. I have known Sidney since he was 3, and one of my daughter’s favorite playmates. But here’s the thing: If someone had told me then that just 19 years later Sidney would be...
Metro Briefs December 26
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
J Street Pittsburgh will present an evening with Alan Elsner, vice president of communications for J Street Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall, 5738...
Squirrel Hill man scales COL steps 11 months after stroke
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Gillis has walked the city of Pittsburgh many times over. He has laced his shoes and headed out the door of his Squirrel Hill home, making his way up and down many hills. He has switched walk...
New Delegate Assembly passes three policy resolutions
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The newly formed Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh, a consortium of 75 individuals representing a variety of local Jewish organizations, held its first substantive meeting two weeks ag...
Schiff, Russell to lead High Holy Day services at Beth Shalom
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom has engaged Rabbi Danny Schiff and soloist Amanda Russell to officiate at the next year’s High Holy Days, the congregation has announced. Schiff, the former community schol...