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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
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Young-adult author Lowry charms thrilled Oakland audience
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A sold-out crowd filled the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland on a recent Sunday afternoon, as middle schoolers, high schoolers, parents and even some adults sans children came to hear acclaimed aut...
Building connections through basketball, Hillel Academy alumni, students hit a winner
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Alumni and current Boys High School students of Hillel Academy scrimmaged at Duquesne University’s A.J. Palumbo Center for their annual “Old School vs. New School” benefit. Regardless of school, ho...
This Thanksgiving, some Jews are vegging out at their feasts
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
For Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, Thanksgiving is more than simply a holiday to gorge on carbohydrates while reciting a laundry list of things to be thankful for. It is one the year’s primary opportuniti...
Conservative leadership emphasizes youth at biennial convention
by Melissa Apter
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
With a focus on their movement’s youth and young families, leaders at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism expressed hope for the future. Under the banner of Shap...



Students aim to educate passersby about Palestinian incitement
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Briana Cropper, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, had no knowledge of the recent spate of Palestinian attacks and murders of Israelis, or the incitement that fosters them. But after stoppin...
Metro Briefs November 26
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The annual Hillel Academy Alumni Basketball Game will be held on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Forbes Avenue. Admission is free. Those interested in participating should...
RAND analyst skeptical of calls to turn Syrian refugees away
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The current “ugly rhetoric” spouted by those who oppose the admission of Syrian refugees into America is actually working to bolster Islamic State terrorism, according to an international security ...
Relatively speaking, two Pittsburgh Jews may be closer than you think
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Better pause before you give the evil eye to that nonstop talker in the pew behind you at shul. He just may be family.   In fact, he probably is. Scientists from MIT have claimed that a 70th cousin...
Ugandan rabbi returns to Steel City in fundraising push
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Nearly 40 people gathered at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Sunday evening, Nov. 22, to hear Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained at an American rabbinic...
PIIN’s public action meeting draws hundreds for social, economic justice
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 700 people gathered at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Nov. 18 for a public action meeting of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). The event brought together residents and elec...