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Metro Briefs May 21
Beth Kissileff will speak following Shavuot morning services on Sunday, May 24 at Young Peoples Synagogue/ Bohnai Yisrael, at 6404 Forbes Ave., at the corner of Denniston. Kissileff’s talk is entit...
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‘Pitboss’ brings kosher Texas-style BBQ to Pittsburgh
The season of road tripping has begun. Some are traveling with friends, others are visiting family. Ari White came to Pittsburgh with 160 pounds of meat. White drove the nearly 400 miles between Ne...
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Clergy’s trip to Israel brings renewed focus on hope
The Rev. Liddy Barlow had never before visited Israel, but what she witnessed and learned while traveling the land with Rabbi Jamie Gibson — and a cohort of 13 other interfaith pairs from across th...
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Jewishness has helped this story-telling cop be a better officer
If a police car stops beside you while you are strolling in Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, and the officer inside rolls down his window and calls you over, don’t be alarmed. It just might be Officer ...
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‘Jewish Pittsburgh’ is a stirring photo trip down memory lane
“Images of America: Jewish Pittsburgh” is a black-and-white photographic odyssey of the history of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and its vast contribution to today’s culture, services and instituti...
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Israeli students show off scientific prowess
Five budding teenage Israeli scientists were in Pittsburgh last week representing the Jewish state at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention ...
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Tough new BDS bill will seek consequences for colleges, universities
Colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that opt to boycott or divest from Israel will be barred from receiving any state funds if a new bill introduced last week in the state House of Representa...
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Four-alarm fire changes the face of Squirrel Hill gateway
The landscape of Squirrel Hill was drastically altered last week when a four-alarm fire engulfed the vacant building on the corner of Murray and Forward avenues next to the now-closed Poli Restaura...
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Metro Briefs May 14
The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and four eastern suburb synagogues have partnered to provide a crash course in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict...
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Metro Briefs May 7
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that Meryl Ainsman will chair the 2016 Annual Campaign. Ainsman holds several executive committee roles: vice chair of the board of directo...
Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Effective advocacy for Israel: learning techniques that work
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Supporters of the State of Israel often feel angry and frustrated when they read incorrect and misleading  articles on the Israeli elections, the Arab-Israel conflict and other related topics, but ...
Center for Women’s internship program provides huge workforce opportunity
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Karen Burns Sharif had been out of the workforce for about 10 years, primarily as a stay-at-home mom, when she first heard about the Center for Women’s internship program for women seeking to enter...
Jew in the City tackles stereotypes head-on
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Allison Josephs’ first impression of Orthodox Jews was formed in her childhood, based on her secular physician father’s complaints about treating his Chasidic patients. He would come home after wor...
For these two nuns, Holocaust education has always come first
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
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Some people are motivated by a desire for money; others for adulation and fame. Some people do good when others are watching but turn away if no one is looking. Others, like the righteous gentiles ...
Candidates offer starkly contrasting perspectives
by Dave Rullo, Special to The Chronicle
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: This story has been updated.) Pittsburgh school district candidates Kirk Burkley and Lynda Wrenn presented their vision for District 4 on Thursday, April 30, at the Jewish Community...
Briskin’s furs for the homeless provide street-level luxury
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
To Ken Briskin, a garment made of fur is far more than a luxury. It can save a life. Briskin, the owner of Briskin Furs in Aspinwall, has been repurposing old fur pieces to help warm the homeless f...
Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
by Orit Arfa, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
London benefactor grooming tennis champs in Israel — and he has a prized pupil
by Howard Blas, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Yishai Oliel become Israel’s version of tennis champion Novak Djokovic? London businessman David Coffer is hoping the Ramle teenager can someday join such heady company — and he’s backing up hi...