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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 8 8 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 9 9 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 | 23 23 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 | 15 15 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 | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diamond to perform interfaith weddings with TOL-OLS backing
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 03, 2013 | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
After months of consideration, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha’s Rabbi Chuck Diamond, with the backing of his congregation, has decided to perform interfaith weddings. His first such wedding is set for Au...
Eisner sees JTA becoming ‘digital town square’
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
As far as David Eisner is concerned, JTA can be more than just the global news service of  the Jewish people. “I would like to see JTA become the digital town square where Jews of all religious, po...
Israeli artist tackles conflicting question in film trilogy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Hundreds gathered in the Carnegie Museum of Art last week for an evening with Israeli filmmaker Yael Bartana, and to see her artistic treatment of an unusual, perhaps controversial, topic. That top...
GA immersed North American Jews in Israeli political, cultural life
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas “Woody” Ostrow left the 82nd annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America with “a lot of optimism,” he said. Ostrow, the board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greate...




Halevi: Most Israelis are centrists, leaning left and right
by Staff Reports
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli writer and scholar Yossi Klein Halevi came to Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill Sunday to speak about his new book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem ...
Annual shluchim gathering like ‘spiritual shot in arm’
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Howard Schapiro of Upper St. Clair is not a Chasidic Jew, but last week marked his third time in attendance at the annual International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries in New York. With n...
Holocaust Center exhibition ‘3 Perspectives’ to open Dec. 5
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is curating a traveling exhibition intended to foster understanding of the Shoah through art, narrative writing and history. The ...
Pittsburgh native helps magic happen at Sundance Film Festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
David Ginsberg remembers his days growing up in Stanton Heights, a kid who spent a lot of time watching TV and playing around with technology. He recalls saving every penny he made working in the l...
Arnold Lazarus loved his home, faith, family and roller coasters
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Even after moving to Cincinnati 18 months ago, Arnold H. Lazarus, an otherwise lifetime Pittsburgher, continued to subscribe to The Jewish Chronicle to keep his hand on the pulse of the community h...
Metro Briefs November 21
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Vegetarians of North America has launched its new website and professional leadership program. “Concerns about food safety and the mistreatment of animals are at an all-time high, while diet...