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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Area’s young Jewish leaders energize selves at Vegas confab
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
A dozen young Jewish leaders from Pittsburgh took off last week for a few days in Las Vegas, and what happened to them there will not stay there. That’s because they immersed themselves in Jewish c...
‘The Infidel’ opens JFilm Festival with a laugh
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
What does a man’s name say about him? According to “The Infidel,” the 2010 British comedy that opens next week’s JFilm Festival, the answer is a lot, especially when he’s got two: Mahmud Nasir and ...
Jewish day schools launch first year free tuition program
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
They say the best things in life are free, and it seems the Jewish day schools of Pittsburgh are listening. The collective three schools — Community Day School, Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and Hi...
‘How the End Begins’ gives sobering analysis of nukes today
by Neal Gendler
For the Chronicle
Mar 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Ron Rosenbaum foresees world toleration of “incessant incitement to genocide” leading Israel to use nuclear weapons to pre-empt an impending nuclear attack. “Israelis will not wait for the world to...
JRS newsletter addresses issues of special needs community
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Pittsburghers with special needs can now access information about community services through Connections, a collaborative e-newsletter sponsored by several local organizations. The newslette...
Knesset committee to discuss J Street
by JTA
Mar 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street. The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J ...
What the Civil War meant for American Jews, then and now
by Jonathan D. Sarna
For the Forward
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WALTHAM, Mass. — The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 is the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the war’s opening shot. From then, through the sesquicentennial anniver...
Yiddish lit professor says mamma loschen led to modernity
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
To Ruth Wisse, world-renown professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard University, the modernization of the Jewish people can be found in Yiddish literature. “Jews became modern mos...
Wecht, other Jewish candidates file to run in off-year elections
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Several Jewish candidates from the Pittsburgh area have filed for state, county and local races in the May 17 primary elections. Among the best-known candidates, Common Pleas Judge David Wecht is m...
Peter Beinart to speak here on failure of American Jewish establishment
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Mar 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In May 2010, Peter Beinart issued a wake-up call to the American Jewish establishment. Namely, that it was failing. In Beinart’s essay, published in the New York Review of Books, he eschews Jewish ...