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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...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
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FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
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Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 15
Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
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‘The humanity of Greeks’ takes center stage on Ohi Day
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of the region’s Jewish and Greek communities silently gathered at Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium last week to remember the resounding cry of “No!” Exactly 74 years earlier...
Petraeus gives Pittsburgh an up-close look at U.S. and its Middle East relationships
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus capped a day-long conference dedicated to growing business between the United States and the Middle East by focusing on the quest for political stability in th...
Family dialogue, communication are important in fight against child sexual abuse
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
On a school night when many parents are reluctant to venture out, more than 300 gathered at Congregation Shaare Torah for a sobering talk from clinical social worker Debborah Fox. Addressing the to...
The message is loud and clear: Jewish victims of domestic abuse need our support
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Domestic abuse is a Jewish issue, say some of the most influential organizations in the city, and they’re not afraid to highlight what the Jewish community can do to prevent it. An Oct. 29 event at...
Iranian delegation was at Pittsburgh business meeting to make cultural connections
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 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 | 10 10 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 | 10 10 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 | 11 11 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 | 7 7 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 | 13 13 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...