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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
Metro Briefs July 21
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy Shapira was elected chair of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education this month. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established by statute...
PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
Metro Briefs July 14
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JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...