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Rabbi proposes solutions to shrinking population
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is a shadow of its former self, but Rabbi Mark Staitman says he has solutions for the demographic decline. After juxtaposing dismal figures and depressing anecdotes,...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New group in Pittsburgh hopes to bring end to Israeli ‘occupation’
A Jewish nonprofit group with the stated goal of ending the Israeli “occupation” of the Palestinians has set down stakes in Pittsburgh. IfNotNow, a national organization started by a group of mille...
Jun 21, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Kiwanis Club transfers endowment to Jewish Community Foundation
Two local organizations have joined efforts to foster future support. The Kiwanis Club of Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh recently turned over its endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater P...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman’s new special is a delightfully coarse colloquy
Cries, cringes and familiar quips are only a click away in Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special, “A Speck of Dust.” For fans of the Jewish comedian, the one-hour, 11-minute recorded set offers nod...
Jun 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish community shows its pride at LGBT Equality March
The Pittsburgh Jewish community stood out among the tens of thousands who joined in the city’s annual EQT Equality March on June 11 and not just because of their “Love is Kosher” T-shirts. “It was ...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Light to sell building, share space with TOL*OLS
New Light Congregation has put its building on Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard up for sale and will be entering into an agreement to rent space from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha on Wilkins Avenue...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foer opens up about newest novel, ‘Here I Am,’ at Rodef Shalom
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest novel, “Here I Am,” the protagonist, Jacob Bloch, makes a telling observation about contemporary Jewish life outside of Israel: “Jewish Americans will go to any len...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Women’s Center, Squirrel Hill Health Center honored by local Islamic organization
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh bestowed awards to two organizations established by members of the Jewish community at its Humanity Day Award Ceremony on June 11. The Jewish Women’s Center of Pitt...
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‘Sound of Jewish Music’ strikes just the right chord
Dance, song and stories united more than 400 Jewish women on Tuesday night, June 7, at the sixth annual “The Sound of Jewish Music” event, a project of Chabad of Pittsburgh. Organized by Chani Alte...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ tells of resilience, hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine growing up never knowing that you were from a family of Holocaust survivors. Then imagine that once you discovered the truth, you learned that there was an incredible story behind the story...
Metro Briefs April 14
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
The Waldman International Arts & Writing Awards reception will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Center, at 826 Hazelwood Ave. The student winners from the Pittsburgh area a...
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha seeks community collaboration
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
Things are looking up at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, according to the congregation’s president, Michael Eisenberg. Despite the shrinking membership, budget issues and other challenges faced by so man...
Virtual Seminar at Holocaust Center livestreams survivor
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
With the number of Holocaust survivors diminishing each year, there is urgency in getting their firsthand accounts out to as many people as possible. Such is the philosophy behind the Holocaust Cen...
Muslim, Jewish comedians offer a harmony of laughs
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Some jokes have more than a grain of truth: some have a whole lafa. Over the course of two 30-minute sets, Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, both of Standup for Peace, entertained Jewish and Musl...
Duquesne University to offer Jewish studies
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Beginning this fall, Duquesne University will offer a minor in Jewish studies. The announcement was made by Marie Baird and Mark Frisch, faculty members at the private Catholic university. The 15-c...
Local expert unpacks Syrian conflict for World Affairs Council
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Just hours after a deadly chemical weapon attack killed at least 70 people and wounded at least 300 in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Professor Ross Harrison was at the Duquesne Club delivering ...
Metro Briefs April 7
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
The 125th anniversary of the “Battle of Homestead” will be commemorated this year with a series of events, kicking off on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, with a ...
Downtown photo exhibit lets viewers ‘remember Pittsburgh’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
From 1978 to 1982, Pittsburgh native David Aschkenas spent his days photographing the Steel City. That was before the digital age, when a photographer would set up his camera, complete with bellows...
Pittsburgh woman ‘charged up’ over new career
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
Dara Stern does not fit the profile of the typical trade school student. As a 40-year-old Jewish woman, with college degrees, the longtime Pittsburgher stands out among a sea of mostly young white ...