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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Reasons unclear for artists’ withdrawal from Mattress Factory show
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
A Palestinian artist who was slated to participate with Israeli and American artists in a joint exhibition at the Mattress Factory museum and Filmmakers Galleries told an Arabic news source that th...
A student’s great idea turns into the trip of a lifetime for Yeshiva boys
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Yaakov Katz, an 11th -grader at Yeshiva Boys High School, had an idea. “I said, ‘Why can’t we go to Israel?’ ”Katz recalled. Prior to graduation, students of the high school had historically embark...
Center for Women provides much-needed help, boost to community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
After moving to Pittsburgh from Iowa last August, Sarah Burke was having difficulty finding employment. Despite having a bachelor’s degree in English, and a master’s of fine arts in creative writin...
Jews bet on $11 million hub to save PA community
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (JTA) — There once was a time when the Jewish community in this Pennsylvania city just west of the Pocono Mountains was thriving. That much is clear from a quick tour. The sanctua...
Israeli/Palestinian art show canceled as a consequence of BDS pressure
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 30, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This story has been significantly updated since the original post on May 28.) A local art exhibition that was to be an exercise in progressing beyond the rhetoric of Israeli/Palesti...
In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with guns
by Anthony Weiss
May 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California, and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes ...
In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refuge
by Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them. Walvi...
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May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Dan Ben-David brings “Israel – A Study in Irony” to Pittsburgh on May 28 at 7 p.m. in the University of Pittsburgh’s Sennott Square Building, Room 2400, 210 S. Bouquet St. in Oakland. Ben-David is ...
Israeli diplomat holds forum at Adat Shalom
by Ilana Yergin
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
A crowd of around 40 people gathered in the Adat Shalom sanctuary on May 18, to listen to Elad Strohmayer, a diplomat for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evening was relaxed, beginning...
At No. 22 on Schindler’s list, Holocaust survivor Moshe Taube is No. 1 in the hearts of his Chatham audience
by Adam Reinherz
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
On a manicured lawn on Chatham University’s campus quad, students and guests gathered to enjoy kosher cheese and wine. Steps away, an elderly man in a blazing red vest and dark fedora collected his...