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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Playing to the palate, local cheesecakes range in taste
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 700 years, rabbinical writings record that Jews have consumed dairy products on the holiday of Shavuot. In some generations, this custom was fulfilled by eating bread baked with milk ...
Passion for the Torah guides award-winning biblical scholar
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg may be one of the only biblical scholars around who rattles off quotes from 19th-century English novelist George Eliot, contemporary German writer W.G. Sebald, Rashi and Ch...
Clinton adviser relishes close ties to area’s Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The fact that the 2016 Pennsylvania primary occurred during the week of Passover worked out well for Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, Laura Rosenberger. That “wonderful convergence of the ...
Clothes make the man — or, woman — for this Jewish actor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
When David Abeles dons the costume, the hair and the make-up of Agatha Trunchbull, a metamorphosis occurs. That’s when Abeles transforms from redheaded Jewish actor to the enormously breasted, musc...
Listen to ‘The Lion’
by Lisa Traiger, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
One man’s call to duty keeps Memorial Day tradition alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacob Notovitz keeps his promises. An 88-year-old veteran from Wilkinsburg who served during the Korean War, Notovitz is the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Pittsburgh Post #499 and a recipien...
Deservedly, Rabbi Jacob to be honored as Pursuer of Peace
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no way to predict how the course of a rabbinic career will play out, said Rabbi Walter Jacob, sitting in his office surrounded by copious volumes of books while brushing the dirt off his p...
Torah scroll in White Oak poses puzzling question
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
White Oak has a riddle wrapped inside a scroll. Protected by an ornate wooden case, a sefer Torah (a handwritten Pentateuchal scroll) rests in Temple B’nai Israel’s social hall. With its transcribe...
Metro Briefs June 2
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Chabad Jewish Center of Monroeville will hold a free community lecture by Dr. Richard Myerowitz on Jewish genetics and addressing “Are Jews a race?” on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at 2715 Mosside...
Local exhibit, activities shine light on refugee experience
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
An exhibit about refugees has a temporary home. “Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys” is on display until June 30 at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Grea...