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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Braunstein: Israel experience will influence Carson project
by Lee Chottiner
Jun 02, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
As the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale morphs into a modern museum reflecting the work of the famed nature writer, Joy Braunstein hopes it will attract crowds from all over the world. That es...
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival draws inspiration from fables
by Toby Tabachnick
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Three of the most renowned tales in Jewish folklore will come to life beginning this week, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. The Festival, an annual summer concert series founded in...
World traveling family donates new Torah to Pittsburgh Chabad
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Shavuot is the holiday in which Jews celebrate receiving the Torah from God. This year, Chabad of Pittsburgh can celebrate doubly. Just in time for Shavuot, a new-to-Pittsburgh family, the Atlans, ...
Jews prepare for their Shavuot all-nighter
by Toby Tabachnick
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
The night before God gave the Torah to the Jews, they went to sleep so that they would be well rested for the next day’s momentous event, according to a story in the Midrash. But, they overslept. M...
AJM’s new exhibition examines our relationship with water
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
Jun 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s all around us — and inside us — but in many ways, we take it for granted. It’s water, and it’s the theme of “Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century is Treading Water,” a new exhibition at th...
Point Park puts on 'Diary of Anne Frank'
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
May 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no shortage of routes to take when learning about the Holocaust: visiting the museums, reading the books, watching the movies or talking to the survivors. But, as Shirley Tannenbaum, head ...
Holocaust survivor to become bat mitzva at Rodef Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick
May 26, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
As a survivor of the Stutthof concentration camp, Fanny Gelernter still becomes distraught at certain sights and sounds: trains, crying children, the large smokestacks at the Waterfront. But she is...
Campus aliyah group brings interested students together for Israel and ice cream
by Justin Jacobs
May 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel may be the land of milk and honey, but for a group of Pittsburgh college students interested in making aliyah, Israel means ice cream. Last year, the Jewish Agency for Israel launched its Ca...
Reform movement building demo for e-prayer book
by Lee Chottiner
May 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
As Daniel Medwin received his ordination in 2010 at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the newly minted Reform rabbi knew he wasn’t bound for a pulpit posi...
Local military chaplain wins Rabbinical Council award
by Lee Chottiner
May 20, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
A Pittsburgh rabbi, in accepting an achievement award Monday for military chaplains, emphasized the need to attract more rabbis to the service. The Rabbinical Council of America, an organization re...