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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Jewish TV show you should be watching: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — If the ratings for CW’s newest show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” are any indication, you probably aren’t watching it. If not, you’re missing out. Now that creator and star Rachel Bloom is a G...
Metro Briefs January 14
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
With more than 400 people in attendance, Judge David N. Wecht was installed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at a ceremony held at Duquesne University on Thursday, Jan. 7. Wecht, t...
First-ever forums allow Jewish participation in search for school superintendent
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For the first time in the history of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, forums are being held to garner community input prior to a search for a new superintendent, according to Regina Holley, school bo...
Dedication, inspiration propel Freedman, music director at CDS, to Gordon Award
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Eileen Freedman, music director at Community Day School, received the 2016 Ira and Nanette Gordon Community Professional Achievement Award at a program for community professionals on Jan. 7 at Rode...
Food for Thought initiative underway at Beth El in South Hills
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Two women in the South Hills are fighting hunger and misconceptions. Stacey Reibach and Sheryl Cohen are co-chairing Food For Thought, a social action initiative currently underway at Beth El Congr...
West Bank legal system tough for Palestinians to navigate
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
During his 10-month sojourn in Pittsburgh, human rights attorney Nery Ramati is hoping to bring awareness of the disparate treatment of West Bank Israelis and Palestinians to those “who are not con...
Love of coffee gives CDS teacher taste for jewelry making
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Ronit Schulman did not set out to go into the jewelry business, but a fondness for coffee — coupled with a strong creative streak — has turned the Community Day School Hebrew teacher into a designe...
For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn, teach
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered ho...
From HBO to Arthur Miller, what a ‘tough guy’ actor learned from his Jewish grandma
by Lonnie Firestone, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On a trip to London last year, actor Michael Zegen caught a revival performance of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, “A View from the Bridge.” about a Brooklyn longshoreman whose protective im...
Pennsylvania consulate axed in Israeli Foreign Ministry cutbacks
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday its intention to close its consulate in Philadelphia along with four other of its consulates as a cost saving measure. The consulate in Philadelp...