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Iran: ‘It’s not just bad for Jews, it’s bad for Muslims too’
Mark came to the United States from his homeland of Iran when he was a teenager, prior to the Iranian Revolution of 1979. His plan was to attend school in the States for a few years, then head home...
Aug 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Iran deal gets expert treatment at Federation program
Questions and concerns about the Iran nuclear deal were confronted head-on by Middle East expert Patrick Clawson last Thursday night at a program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pitts...
Aug 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh CRC sees ‘plethora’ of opinions on Iran deal
Jewish federations around the country are responding to this month’s Iran nuclear deal with words such as “worried,” “mistrustful,” “fearful” and “grave concerns.” Most are counseling their communi...
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Too much to do: At 82, Harris Baum is not slowing down
The honorary consul general of the Republic of Korea in Philadelphia doesn’t receive a dime. But he does get a reserved parking spot right outside his swank Market Street office. The man who has li...
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Metro Briefs July 30
The Zionist Organization of America — Pittsburgh District is hosting a program titled, “The Legacy of Sepharad: New and Old Encounters between Spain and the Jews,” with Michal Rose Friedman on Tues...
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Adelson ready to take charge at Beth Shalom
Rabbi Seth Adelson, who becomes a senior rabbi at Beth Shalom on Aug. 10, did not always want to be a rabbi. After growing up in a “very small town in the rural Berkshires of Massachusetts” and att...
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Temple Sinai puts exclamation mark on music with hiring of new cantor
Cantor Laura Berman recalls crying in the parking lot of the old B’nai Israel Synagogue on Negley Avenue as a third-grader starting Hebrew school. The late Claryne Karsh had been directing a youth ...
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At Camp Twin Echo, paintball, baseball and bonfires join Torah studies
For several hours each morning, the Yeshiva high school boys spend their summer days much like they do during the school year: studying Judaics and engaging in prayer. But their afternoons look a l...
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Eye-opener: JFNA trip runs the gamut of emotions
Six members of the local chapter of Jewish Federations of North America have just returned from a JFNA organized trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Israel. The Pittsburgh chapter also visited Istanbul f...
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Archives
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
by Lucy Blatter, JTA
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here. Kurant’s “The End of ...
Metro Briefs June 4
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Chronicle’s Organization Directory will be running June 25. Revisions and new listings should be sent to orgsdirectory@thejewishchronicle.net by noon on June 17. The Hebrew Free Loan Ass...
Retro Review: Humor is a teaching tool in revisiting ‘Up the Down Staircase’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
“In homeroom … they went after me with all their ammunition:  whistling, shouting, drumming on desks, clacking inkwell lids, playing catch with the board eraser, sprawling in their seats to trip ea...
Up close with Michael Singh and his take on Iran’s nuclear negotiations
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Michael Singh, the managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was in Pittsburgh last week to speak at an AIPAC event on Iran’s regional ambitions and the U.S.-led negotiati...
Kagan family legacy honored by appreciative Kollel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
A flood of patrons of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center huddled beneath the tent as a tempest brewed above. But while the clouds forced the party at the Phipps Conservatory’s Outdoor Gardens indoor...
Classes getting younger as CDS expands its pre-K program
by Dave Rullo, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Community Day School is expanding its early childhood education program. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, according to officials, the program will include a 3-year-old class at the Squirrel ...
Combining faith, service, WVU grad sets sights as Air Force chaplain
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there was a 6-year-old boy who wanted to be a firefighter — or a rabbi. When he was 8 years old, on a sunny Tuesday morning in 2001, he was sitting in his Jewish day school classroom when some...
With this Bellow’s collection, there really is something to think about
by Neal Gendler
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, c...
Barbra’s ‘Cellar’ comes to life in stranger-than-truth one-man show
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Actor Tom Lenk is having great fun playing the leading man in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of the comedy “Buyer and Cellar.” But he is also having a blast, he said, playing the show’s...
Wagners ‘walk the walk’ with their commitment to be involved
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard Wagner recalls his father, Harry, having the last word at a family seder years ago at the home of Richard’s sister. The Wagner clan had just completed reciting the story of the Jews’ exodus...