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Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees

Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
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Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
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Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...
Feb 21, 2017 | 22 22 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs February 17
Temple Sinai is looking for lollipop kids, monkeys, witches and more for its “Wizard of Oz” themed Purim shpiel. Rehearsals are every Sunday in February and open to all ages. Rehearsals begin with ...
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Connecting Communities’ brings teens together in common cause
Teens representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center met at the Senator John Heinz History Center last week for the start of a collaborativ...
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Pittsburgh premiere of ‘Annelies’ demonstrates music, text can share space
For decades, Anne Frank’s writings have hung in the social conscience. Next week, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) will suspend them a bit more. On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Rodef...
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Gilman’s proposed ban on LGBTQ conversion therapy set to become law
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
In an effort to protect Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ youth, City Councilman Dan Gilman and Council President Bruce Kraus introduced legislation to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from employing...
Israeli chef Uri ‘Buri’ Jeremias visits Manchester Bidwell Corporation
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
Culinary students at Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) enjoyed a rare treat last week when chef Uri “Buri” Jeremias of Akko, Israel, participated in a special program at the Pittsburgh-based edu...
Israeli artist-in-residence turns trash into treasure
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
A tenuous line between trash and treasure holds necklaces together. As demonstrated by Telma Schultz — an Israeli artist known for making jewels from junk — glue, paper and piles of disposables are...
Scholar-in-residence asks congregants to consider meaning on anniversary
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai congregants looked back by looking forward. To celebrate the congregation’s 70th anniversary, synagogue and community members gathered for a talk on thoughts for Judaism’s future. The ...
Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
JAA to open new memory care facility
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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, ...
Metro Briefs December 9
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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...