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Metro Briefs May 26
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present its communitywide all-night study session on Tuesday, May 30 beginning at 10 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Choose fr...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
May 24, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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The writing is on the wall: Alphabet City is North Side oasis for the arts
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a story about the 16th century rabbi, Isaac Luria, that has resonated with artist Diane Samuels for the last quarter century, a Jewish folktale, she explained, that is told in other cultur...
Robots behaving badly
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
How do humans react when robots … misbehave? That’s probably a question most people don’t even contemplate — machines are supposed to behave objectively and reliably, after all. But Aaron Steinfeld...
Benjy Grinberg has a California address but a Pittsburgh heart
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
If Benjy Grinberg’s sentiment was a song then the chorus would go something like, “I know where I’m from and have appreciation.” After a few moments with the Squirrel Hill native, that simple sense...
Mitzvah Bash welcomes purveyors, purchasers to a popping party
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
The first thing to bring to Mitzvah Bash is dancing shoes. The second is a wallet. On Sunday, March 5, parents, grandparents and children traveled to the Ace Hotel in East Liberty for Mitzvah Bash,...
First arrest in bomb threat saga not enough, say community leaders
by Daniel Schere, Special to The Chronicle
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
With federal authorities’ arrest of 31-year-old Juan Thompson on March 3 in connection with eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions since January, Jewish community professionals can breathe a par...
Metro Briefs March 10
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Temple Sinai has hired Drew Barkley as its new executive director. He comes to Temple Sinai from the North Shore Congregation Israel, which has 1,400 families outside of Chicago. Barkley earned his...
Purim roundup
Mar 08, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
Adat Shalom March 11: Megillah reading and Purim Shpiel, “The Wizard of PersOz” performed by the Adat Shalom Religious School Players, 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow. March 12: Purim Carnival and ...
Kids’ Mega Hamantash event offers treats for all
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 08, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Amazingly, the jelly-filled hamantaschen might not have been the sweetest part of Sunday’s communal pre-Purim baking event. Surrounded by crafts, games, jugglers and other performers, children and ...
Metro Briefs March 3
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium pray for healing and are now collecting for healing as well. Donations of medical supplies to help others through Brother’s Brother Foundation will...
Enthusiastic Western Pennsylvania native gives the ‘Gift of Life’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Emily Simons was not sure she wanted to hear the news she would be receiving last week, an update regarding the health status of a stranger, albeit one with whom she shares a very intimate connecti...