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Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Repurposed classics inspire at Shlock Rock’s local show
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Like that bottle of Bordeaux in your basement, Shlock Rock keeps getting better with age. The Jewish rock band and its now middle-aged members performed Feb. 24 at Shaare Torah Congregation in Squi...
Experts tackle community concerns over refugee crisis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Welcoming the stranger is a core Jewish value, began Josh Sayles, the director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council, at the commencement of a program held la...
Message is clear: Meet the millennials where they are
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
When addressing groups of millennial “nones” — those who do not identify as being affiliated with any particular religious group — Rabbi Irwin Kula stands before a large blackboard and records a li...
Casey’s Middle East trip focuses on terrorism, human rights
by Marissa Stern, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
While presidential candidates debate their foreign policies, including how they would deal with terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State during their hypothetical presidencies, Sen. Bob...
JNF restructuring brings ‘excitement, enthusiasm’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish National Fund has less of a physical presence in Pittsburgh these days, but its impact here may actually be growing, according to Rick Krosnick, chief development officer of JNF. JNF’s s...
Key to good sex and relationships? Take risks, says Orthodox sex therapist
by Laura Kelly, JTA
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — What makes for good sex? It’s an unusual question for the wife of an Orthodox rabbi to talk about publicly, but Doreen Seidler-Feller has made a career of it. A clinical sex therapist...
St. Petersburg, the Russian city on the Neva, enjoys a Jewish presence
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
I visited St. Petersburg for the first time in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. I noted that buildings were often entered through courtyards that existed in the days of the great...
Globe Briefs February 25
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IDF releases attack-warning app The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with r...
Metro Briefs February 25
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
JFILM will present Aviva Kempner’s “Rosenwald ,” the story of Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist who joined forces with African-American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more t...
Non-Jews in Jewish settings become ambassadors against bigotry
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Shortly before Hurricane Ivan struck Western Pennsylvania in September 2004, Bill Stevens had poured more than $30,000 into renovating his family’s home in Carnegie: new windows, a new kitchen, a n...