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Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
Tragically, it seems that almost weekly there are reports of random shootings and attacks across the United States. In 2014, a shooting at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City left three de...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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JAA to open new memory care facility
Before donning hardhats and hoisting shovels — requisite tools for a groundbreaking photo — representatives of the Jewish Association on Aging explained the groundbreaking nature of their new insti...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
While the majority of the estimated 135 Jewish cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania continue to be well maintained, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has convened a task force to ensure tha...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
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Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
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Metro Briefs December 9
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
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Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
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Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
Metro Briefs September 23
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Minnesota Vikings’ owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities  that officially inaugurated the team’s $1.1 bill...
From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL
by Victor Wishna, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood t...
New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers
by Ben Sales, JTA
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him ...
Metro Briefs September 16
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...




Planned Beechwood development builds concern among neighbors
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
Clarification In the Sept. 16 article, “Planned Beechwood development builds concern among neighbors,” a quote identifies the property at 1830 Beechwood Ave. as “uninhabitable.” While the term was ...
Visiting MKs get a taste of Pittsburgh — Terrible Towels and all
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
With a Terrible Towel in hand, five Knesset members visited Pittsburgh in order to better grasp diaspora Jewish life. The group, which included Merav Ben Ari and Yifat Shasha-Biton of the Kulanu pa...