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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Ecumenical diplomat, Pastor Donald Green, retiring from Christian Associates
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
When Pastor Donald Green looks back on his career, one of the highlights will be the times he brought Jewish and Christian leaders together on one of the most contentious subjects dividing them: th...
Metro Briefs March 20
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Giant Eagle and Field Trip Factory announce the Giant Eagle Health & Wellness School Giveaway during the month of March. This contest coincides with National Nutrition Month and serves as a tie-in ...
Kater promotes healthy living while eschewing anti-obesity drives
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Anti-obesity campaigns are counterproductive, according to Kathy Kater, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. She thinks the focus should be on good health, not on size. Kater, who wi...
Temple Ohav Shalom hires new rabbi — Bryna Milkow of New Hampshire
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
After an almost yearlong search, Temple Ohav Shalom has hired a new permanent spiritual leader. Rabbi Bryna Milkow will officially start on July 15, serving the Allison Park congregation of 176 fam...
Forward editor, panel parse lessons learned from FSU
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Against the backdrop of Russia’s interference in Crimea’s pending separation from Ukraine and word of anti-Semitic acts on the rise in the region, Gal Beckerman, the opinion editor of The Jewish Da...
Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
Metro Briefs March 13
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh wired $25,000 to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to provide immediate assistance to the Ukrainian Jewish community. The amount represents ...
Pittsburgh sends large group to AIPAC policy conference
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Not surprisingly, much of the recent 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C., was centered on the nuclear threat to Israel and the rest of the world from Iran, David Ainsman said. “AI...
Bulletproof Stockings performing in Pittsburgh
Mar 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Bulletproof Stockings , the Hasidic women alternative rock band, will perform at Chatham University's Eddy Theatre, Saturday, March 22. In addition to the performance, a documentary will be shown. ...