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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Orthodox rabbis weigh in on professional roles for women
by JTA
Apr 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The leading Modern Orthodox rabbinic association has adopted an official position against the ordination of women while also encouraging the creation of "halakhically and communally app...
Car crashes and lands on steps at Poale Zedeck
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
A car carrying two young males crashed into the front steps of Congregation Poale Zedeck in Squirrel Hill last night, reaching as high as the first landing and avoiding the actual building. No one ...
Former attorneys general request leniency for Rubashkin
by JTA
Apr 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Six former U.S. attorneys general have criticized prosecutors' recommendation that a kosher meatpacking plant executive receive life in prison for bank fraud. The former attorneys general, as well ...
New Arizona law brings renewed attention to immigration reform
by Melissa Apter
JTA
Apr 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Jewish groups are slamming Arizona’s stringent new immigration-enforcement law, but hope outrage over the measure will reignite efforts to push comprehensive immigration reform on a n...
Uphill battle to build Palestinian nonviolent movement
by Dina Kraft
JTA
Apr 27, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
BIL’IN, West Bank – Rami Burnat sits in his wheelchair toward the back of a sprawling courtyard where Palestinian speakers take turns championing the cause of nonviolent resistance. Burnat, 29, has...
PZ, Tobins argue exhumation issue in court
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 27, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The three surviving children of the late Roberta and Howard Tobin met representatives from Congregation Poale Zedeck in Orphan’s Court on Monday at a hearing to determine if their father’s remains ...
Iranian scientist requests asylum in Israel
by JTA
Apr 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- An Iranian nuclear scientist has requested political asylum in Israel, an Israeli lawmaker said. Ayoub Kara, a Druze minister of the Likud Party, said Saturday that an Iranian academic...
White House says Schumer attacks unfounded
by JTA
Apr 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Sen. Charles Schumer's criticism of the Obama administration's Israeli policy drew a rebuke from the White House. In a radio interview last week on the "Nachum Segal Show" in New Jersey, Schumer (D...
Israel lifts iPad ban
by JTA
Apr 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel has lifted its ban on the iPad. The Communications Ministry announced Saturday evening that it will allow personal imports of the Apple iPad into the country. Since its release ...
Hamas produces cartoon video on Shalit
by JTA
Apr 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Hamas released a cartoon video showing captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returning to Israel in a coffin. The animated video, released Sunday, shows Shalit's father, Noam, wandering...