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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Metro Briefs September 9
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai will hold an Open House and Sinai at 70 Shabbat Service on Friday, Sept. 9. The Open House begins at 6 p.m. and the service and special oneg at 7 p.m. For more information on Sinai at ...
Congregations, JAA examine occupying one site
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation and the Jewish Association on Aging are exploring the possibility of creating senior housing for the community, as well as a new synagogue space, on the congre...
Educational programs, initiatives bring welcome changes
by Masha Sholler and Adam Reinherz
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
The recent sound of school bells signal summer’s end. But seasonal demise is no reason for sadness, as a swath of new programs are promising optimal educational experiences for Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Jewish community celebrates year of accomplishments
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Community members from all corners of Jewish Pittsburgh gathered last week for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual meeting to celebrate its accomplishments, honor some of its most ...
Editors of book about Jewish women hope it inspires more stories
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
A new book is telling old stories with the intent to spawn fresh work. “Her Deeds Sing Her Praises: Profiles of Pittsburgh Jewish Women” relates 21 brief biographies of local Jewish women spanning ...
A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots — by teaching gospel music in Harlem
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It’s a very humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The ...
This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for t...
Young couple mark first year of serving Penn State’s Jewish students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
When Zoe Cook-Nadel began her freshman year at Pennsylvania State University in August 2015, she knew that she wanted to find a way to make Jewish connection and education a priority. And when she ...
Remembering Shirley Bleiberg and her days at ‘Shirley’s Temple’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Shirley (Ringelheim) Bleiberg, a woman whose firsts came second only to the laughs she engendered, passed away July 5 in Fort Myers, Fla., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was 90. Des...
At 100, Arthur Plotkin is still going strong
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Plotkin received a letter from the Obamas. The note, which congratulated the Squirrel Hill resident on becoming a centenarian, was signed by both the president and first lady. After Plotkin’...