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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...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
Aug 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deservedly, Rabbi Jacob to be honored as Pursuer of Peace
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no way to predict how the course of a rabbinic career will play out, said Rabbi Walter Jacob, sitting in his office surrounded by copious volumes of books while brushing the dirt off his p...
Torah scroll in White Oak poses puzzling question
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
White Oak has a riddle wrapped inside a scroll. Protected by an ornate wooden case, a sefer Torah (a handwritten Pentateuchal scroll) rests in Temple B’nai Israel’s social hall. With its transcribe...
Metro Briefs June 2
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
Chabad Jewish Center of Monroeville will hold a free community lecture by Dr. Richard Myerowitz on Jewish genetics and addressing “Are Jews a race?” on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at 2715 Mosside...
Local exhibit, activities shine light on refugee experience
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
An exhibit about refugees has a temporary home. “Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys” is on display until June 30 at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Grea...




JF&CS volunteers bring comfort to area’s Syrian refugees
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Sandra Akacem’s family has become a lot larger in the last six months, although she can’t say she has any new relatives. But since volunteering through the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pit...
Catholic students learn that hate can hurt
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 01, 2016 | 5 5 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Two images containing hate speech and distributed on social media by students of Oakland Catholic High School became a teachable moment for the students involved, as well as for the Jewish and Cath...
Metro Briefs May 26
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Bush will be the guest speaker at Temple Sinai’s Shabbat evening service on Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Bush is the senior pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church and will b...
‘Painting by Numbers: 32B, 34C, 36D’: Women become living canvases for cancer awareness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
At first, most were shy that afternoon last September, modestly folding their arms over their bare breasts. But it wasn’t long before the 23 women who volunteered to have their chests painted to ra...
For Jerry Seinfeld, the laughs just keep on coming
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
If Jerry Seinfeld’s bits seemed familiar to his fans at the Benedum Center last Saturday night, they didn’t appear to notice. Or if they did notice, they didn’t care. Seinfeld, who has been enterta...
Anti-Israel sentiment does little to deter college-bound students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Brown University was not a very friendly place this past year for its pro-Israel students. Last January, anti-Israel protestors at Brown disrupted a conversation about Jewish identity that featured...