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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
Jun 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 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 | 6 6 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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 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 | 6 6 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 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speaking out: Candidates target Chronicle readers
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
In advance of the April 26 Pennsylvania primary, The Jewish Chronicle reached out to all presidential, senatorial and attorney general candidates and asked them to respond to questions of interest ...
GoFigure! An action toy that looks exactly like you
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Bryan Ghingold was a sixth-grader growing up in Wilkes-Barre, he sliced open his thumb while attempting to customize a Grand Moff Tarkin Star Wars figure to resemble one of his friends who liv...
Even after so many innings, Frankel is still in the game
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
For the 29th straight year, Randy Frankel will take his spot behind the backstop at Stan Lederman Field in Pittsburgh’s iconic Frick Park. When Squirrel Hill Baseball begins its season this week, F...
Beth Samuel celebrates past, looks to future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
When Beth Samuel Jewish Center was incorporated in 1914, the United States was still engaged in armed conflict with Native Americans, noted Karen Beaudway. “That’s how long ago it was,” said Beaudw...
Rabbis expand the Passover menu — but will Conservative Jews bite?
by David Holzel and Toby Tabachnick
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
On Passover, Rabbi Alex Greenbaum will be passing on the beans and rice. Greenbaum, spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, said he wouldn’t take advantage of ...
Metro Briefs April 14
Apr 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Now in its 31st year, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s 2015-16 Waldman International Arts and Writing Award competition will recognize all winners at a reception to view the winning entries and...
J Street official advocates peaceful dialogue, thwarting ‘thuggism’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Alan Elsner, special adviser to the president of J Street, delivered what he termed a “general talk” at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Monday evening, April 11. The objective is “just to bring people...
Conservative values, traditions still ring true in modern world
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Whether the Conservative movement will continue to be a halachic movement in the decade to come depends on how one defines halachic, according to Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue o...
Building bridges: CDS students learn up close from an Arab-Israeli
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Community Day School students learned last week what everyday life is like for an Arab-Israeli, thanks to an extended visit from Mamoun Assady, an educator from the village of Deir Al Assad, locate...
‘Social cohesion’ drives the Arab-Israeli conversation
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Via Pittsburgh, Arabs and Israelis discussed inequality equitably. Thabet Abu Rass and Amnon Be’eri Sulitzeanu, co-executive directors of the Abraham Fund, recently took part in Pittsburgh’s second...