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Metro Briefs May 26
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present its communitywide all-night study session on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Choose fr...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Metro Briefs May 12
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh launched a communitywide study of Jewish life and needs in the Jewish community in the greater Pittsburgh area last week. The study, the first such effor...
Food, fun, music harmonize with wild weather during Israel celebration
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh and its Jewish community truly showed their colors at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Radiant bursts of optimism pierced a day whose ugliness featured tenebrous skies, howling wi...
Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
Israel’s fallen statesman
by Aaron Leibel, Special to The Chronicle
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
Local handball player achieves national mark, historical legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
David Fink is a local legend. From the downstairs courts at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, his lore soars. “He’s been the best to ever come out of the JCC,” remarked Ronald Jaco...
Olim who came back to U.S. describe challenges of aliyah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Melody Coven had wanted to make aliyah ever since she was 15 and studying for a semester in Israel. “For me it was very ideological,” said Coven, a 2008 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. “I want...
Metro Briefs May 5
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Beth El Congregation of the South Hills , spiritually led by husband-wife duo Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum, is celebrating its centennial year. The congregation, tucked away in a remote corner bet...
As primary looms, candidates for magistrate district judge make their cases
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Of the four candidates competing in the Democratic primary in District 05-2-35 (the 7th and 14th wards) for magisterial district judge, three are men and three are lawyers. Abbie Campsie, a therapi...
Extensive collection of original Lincoln photos exhibited at North Side museum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
It would be easy to walk right by the Photo Antiquities Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side without even noticing it and without ever going inside. But that would be a huge mistake. The storefront on...
Pittsburgh native draws huge following as ‘Dapper Professional’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Ben Rascoe remembers a time, not so long ago, when his buddies at Mt. Lebanon High School were making fun of his choice of attire. While his friends were sporting ill-fitting jeans and old soccer j...