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An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...
Aug 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Civic engagement fund supports projects in and out of the community

A new dose of vibrancy has arrived for local organizations. Mini-grants, ranging from $600 to $7,000, were awarded to 13 initiatives aimed at strengthening, supporting and engaging Pittsburgh’s div...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
It’s no secret that hospital food can be pretty unappealing, and kosher hospital food is no exception. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introdu...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Touring the world is a balancing act
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Najimy’s message is loud and clear: ‘Give a damn’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
The world would be very different if women were in charge, according to Kathy Najimy. The actress, feminist and human rights activist did not mince words last week as she delivered the keynote addr...
While tackling Trump, Clinton reminds us, ‘We are all Americans’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton had planned to speak about rectifying economic inequality, building infrastructure and the value of unions at her Pittsburgh rally Tuesday, but her address took a different tack in ...
Rabbi Henry, Rodef Shalom step forward for Orlando victims
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sharyn Henry of Rodef Shalom Congregation joined Mayor Bill Peduto and members of the Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium in a prayer vigil on Monday, June 13. The event, which was held outside of t...
Gerald Ostrow: a man of principle, devotion
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Prominent Jewish community leader Gerald “Jerry” S. Ostrow, who at one time held positions as diverse as chair of the Jewish Community Center, chair of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, chair of ...
All-male yoga and the quest for comfort
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
When I was assigned to cover all-male yoga at Shaare Torah Congregation last week, my initial thought was what to wear. As a runner, I have drawers of neon shirts promising both visibility and brea...
Metro Briefs June 9
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a Pride Shabbat service on Friday, June 10.   All are welcome to attend a pre-oneg at 5:30 p.m. followed by the service at 6 p....
Spice up your Shavuot menu for a taste-tempting change
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Shavuot is approaching, and people’s palates anticipate tastes of favorite dairy dishes: blintzes and cheesecake, lasagna and ice cream or bagels and lox. But if you are bored with bagels, blasé ab...