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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Iranian delegation was at Pittsburgh business meeting to make cultural connections
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A delegation of four Iranian officials was in Pittsburgh last week participating in what was billed as a “business conference” sponsored by the American Middle East Institute in order to foster a c...
Wolf blows down GOP
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Dominating the mid-term elections in races across the country, Republicans had, as President Obama put it, a “good night” on Tuesday. But while the GOP claimed its largest congressional majority in...
Author’s loving tribute offers ‘visual journey’ to synagogues of Central, Western Pa.
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 29, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
New Light Congregation’s original name was Ohel Jacob and originally served Pittsburgh’s Romanian Jewish community. Poale Zedeck Congregation was founded by Hungarian Jewish immigrants and was orig...
Fall softball league crowns a champion
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Shaare Torah/Poale Zedeck completed an undefeated fall season by defeating Tree of Life on Sunday, Oct. 26 and taking the championship of the inaugural JCC Synagogue Softball League Fall Season. Ot...
Shop for a cause: NCJW Designer Days has new location
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Groups of friends shop together, model their possible purchases for each other and whoop with excitement when they locate that one great bargain that makes their day. From stylish college students ...
Metro Briefs October 30
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Beth El Congregation of the South Hills will hold a free program for Beth El members and invited guests on Friday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for Shabbat services and dinner at 7 p.m. The evening’s guest sp...
Heaven sent: Judaism’s magical mystery tour of the Talmud’s sorcery, spells
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The magic conjured up by J.K. Rowling in her “Harry Potter” series and the magic revealed in Maggie Anton’s new book, “Enchantress,” are two very different kinds of magic, according to the author b...
Despite specter of nuclear Iran, ZOA’s featured speaker sees positives in Israel’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonathan Adelman is reminded of the words of Charles Dickens these days when he thinks about Israel: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Adelman, a professor at the Josef Korbel ...
Frustration fuels voters, especially in Pa.’s gubernatorial race
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett continues to trail his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, in the polls, Jewish Pittsburgh seems to be following the rest of the state in favoring the challenger. A vote...
Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...