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Star power helps Joshua Malina step into spotlight as proud Jew
Actor Joshua Malina’s address to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division (YAD) this Saturday night, “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch,” is based on “two ve...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 29
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at t...
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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
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Birthright a soul-stirring experience for local youth leader
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Judaism had never played a large role in Mike Feinberg’s life, but after finishing his master’s degree in employment and labor relations, he started doing some soul-searching. He had always loved t...
Metro Briefs January 8
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Emanuel of South Hills has hired Leslie Hoffman as its new executive director. Hoffman fills the position formerly held by Saralouise Reis, who passed away in August. Interim executive direc...
‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
by Neal Gendler
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Combining art and community is this AJM curator’s masterpiece
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Art can inspire and challenge. It can serve as storyteller and historian. It can exist simply to make the world more beautiful. But for Melissa Hiller, director of the American Jewish Museum, art h...
‘Mr. Greensburg’ leaves a legacy of communal betterment
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert “Bob” Davis moved from Greensburg to Pittsburgh four years ago, but despite Squirrel Hill’s abundance of synagogues, he refused to join any. Instead, the nonagenerian frequently returned to ...
Composting in Braddock brings life amid decay
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Smoke rises from a wasteland as the sound of pitchforks hits the earth. Piles of decay are turned, stoked and fed. The crisp winter air chills those gathered as a long stemmed thermometer inserted ...
Good deeds done well
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s 14th annual Mitzvah Day provided services around the community on Dec. 25.
Teamwork, tradition drive the on- and off-court success of JCC’s varsity basketball team
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
A dozen young men lace up their high-top sneakers week after week during the winter season to take part in the local legend that is the Pittsburgh JCC varsity basketball team. Eli Roth, Yoni Eglash...
Metro Briefs January 1
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a Havdalah Pajama Party and Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for toddlers through fourth-graders and their families, with age-appropriate acti...
‘The Visible’ and the invisible: The world of Tova Mirvis
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
By Simone Shapiro Chronicle Correspondent Bestselling author Tova Mirvis is making her first visit to Pittsburgh Jan. 7 as the featured speaker for the Rodef Shalom Congregation Sisterhood’s Solomo...