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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 | 1 1 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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Metro Briefs August 11
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a communal Tisha B’av observance on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6:45 p.m. Participants will hear from members of the community who will share poetry, prose, songs and st...
Olympics: 7 Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we’ll of course be cheering the American athletes — a...
The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth
by Jared Feldschreiber, Special to The Chronicle
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
“Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a c...
Stories prove travel mishaps can often have happy endings
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
As people throughout the area embark on their final vacations of the season, it might be helpful to know that summer hiccups don’t always require a doctor. Sometimes they need a travel agent. Take ...
Sense of humor useful for these area rabbis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
So, there was that time when a well-intentioned non-Jewish member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills gave Rabbi Mark Mahler a canned ham for Chanukah. “In my thank you note, I acknowledged that I am ...
Farmers Market booth more than a summer job
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonah Keller was strolling through the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market one Sunday last summer with his family when, seeing the abundance of produce and other foods, inspiration struck. “I just thought...
Native son recalls hand in ‘Golden Age’ of B movies
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
To hear Milt Moritz describe his Hollywood days is to be treated to life of a bygone era. “It was not sophistication, it was by the seat of your pants,” Moritz said recently of his time with Americ...
Torah thefts are down thanks to some detective work
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Several local sefer Torahs may now be safer Torahs, following a visit from a Jerusalem-based nonprofit with a computerized technique of Torah scroll identification and registration. The system, dev...
Metro Briefs August 4
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. The Fede...
Tours of building signal new mikvah’s opening on the horizon
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
After six years of fundraising and construction, Squirrel Hill’s new women’s mikvah will soon be open for use. Judy Kanal, a board member who is heading up tours of the new ritual bath on the 6300 ...