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Metro Briefs May 21
Beth Kissileff will speak following Shavuot morning services on Sunday, May 24 at Young Peoples Synagogue/ Bohnai Yisrael, at 6404 Forbes Ave., at the corner of Denniston. Kissileff’s talk is entit...
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‘Pitboss’ brings kosher Texas-style BBQ to Pittsburgh
The season of road tripping has begun. Some are traveling with friends, others are visiting family. Ari White came to Pittsburgh with 160 pounds of meat. White drove the nearly 400 miles between Ne...
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Clergy’s trip to Israel brings renewed focus on hope
The Rev. Liddy Barlow had never before visited Israel, but what she witnessed and learned while traveling the land with Rabbi Jamie Gibson — and a cohort of 13 other interfaith pairs from across th...
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Jewishness has helped this story-telling cop be a better officer
If a police car stops beside you while you are strolling in Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, and the officer inside rolls down his window and calls you over, don’t be alarmed. It just might be Officer ...
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‘Jewish Pittsburgh’ is a stirring photo trip down memory lane
“Images of America: Jewish Pittsburgh” is a black-and-white photographic odyssey of the history of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and its vast contribution to today’s culture, services and instituti...
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Israeli students show off scientific prowess
Five budding teenage Israeli scientists were in Pittsburgh last week representing the Jewish state at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention ...
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Tough new BDS bill will seek consequences for colleges, universities
Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that opt to boycott or divest from Israel will be barred from receiving any state funds if a new bill introduced last week in the state House of Representa...
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Four-alarm fire changes the face of Squirrel Hill gateway
The landscape of Squirrel Hill was drastically altered last week when a four-alarm fire engulfed the vacant building on the corner of Murray and Forward avenues next to the now-closed Poli Restaura...
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Metro Briefs May 14
The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and four eastern suburb synagogues have partnered to provide a crash course in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict...
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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 recommendations | email to a friend
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 189 189 recommendations | email to a friend
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 184 184 recommendations | email to a friend
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
Jewish women persevere behind the camera
by Michael Fox
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 211 211 recommendations | email to a friend
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 214 214 recommendations | email to a friend
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
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...