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Area woman steps into new role as Hebrew priestess
After 13 offerings were made among the wooded hills of Falls Village, Conn., and at the conclusion of a two-hour ceremony where hands were laid and new names were given, Keshira haLev Fife became a...
Jul 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Women behind Chavurat Shirah offer lesson in DIY Judai
Less a breakaway congregation than a niche opportunity for spiritual enhancement, Chavurat Shirah is a seesaw of familiarity and innovation. The pop-up alternative styled Shabbat service, which ope...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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SUNDAY, JULY 23 The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section’s Back 2 School Store at Kingsley Association will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. NCJW is committed to ens...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Newest rabbi finding his way in Steel City
Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt may be a Philadelphia sports fan, but he has already made a solemn promise to his new congregation: If the Pittsburgh Steelers make it to the Super Bowl, he will don a Steele...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jews working to help non-Jews, a longtime Pittsburgh tradition
Repair the World is a relative newcomer to the Pittsburgh Jewish landscape — it established a chapter here just four years ago — but its mission to aid the underserved regardless of religious affil...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old models of Jewish legacy institutions no longer working, say experts
The research and statistics are in, and the message to Jewish legacy organizations — those longstanding community institutions that historically have held fast to the status quo — is loud and clear...
Jul 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some others close, but Pittsburgh’s Moishe House thrives
Nestled on a pleasant side street at the juncture of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside, the unassuming two-story brick house looks a lot like the others in the neighborhood. It’s what’s happening inside ...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel Bonds to honor Lynne Jacobson
Lynne S. Jacobson will receive the Anne Copeland Remembrance Award during the Israel Bonds Pittsburgh Women’s Council 17th annual Chai Tea on Monday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the rose and perennial ...
Jul 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lawmakers protest vacancies in anti-Semitism office
PHILADELPHIA — The Trump administration’s hesitance to appoint someone to the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism has created a nationwide movement to fill the role, wit...
Jul 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ordination ceremony in Poland marks milestone for Europe’s Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend
It had been 75 years since the last such ceremony in Poland, but on Sept. 3, 2014, the Abraham Geiger College ordained four rabbis in the town of Wroclaw, which was once known as Breslau, Germany. ...
Metro Briefs December 25
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
Visual artist Rochelle Sherman will show her current paintings as well as her earlier collages in a solo exhibit opening on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and continuing to the end of the month at th...
J Street ramps up Israeli political coverage ahead of March elections
by Melissa Apter
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Melissa Apter For the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street, the upcoming Israeli election is a moment of “clear choice.” Either Israelis will elect leadership that puts the ...
Local core of Israel advocates to build alliances
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty local leaders have completed nine hours of training to hone their Israel advocacy skills by participating in a countrywide initiative of the Israel Action Network (IAN) of the Jewish Federat...
White House Chanukah party celebrates the Alan Gross ‘miracle’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Aaron Bisno visited the White House once as a child on a brief tour, but this time his experience was vastly different. One of about 500 guests at the second of two White House Chanukah parti...
Ben-Gurion: ‘History’s gift to the Jewish people’
by Neal Gendler
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 266 266 recommendations | email to a friend
“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but ...
As ‘Gone with the Wind’ turns 75, examining the Jewish influence on an epic film
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 261 261 recommendations | email to a friend
The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts w...
At 98, Kirk Douglas finds his poetic muse
by Tom Tugend, JTA
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 257 257 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (w...
‘Sheriff of Mars’ unveils endearing life of Jewish music star hidden in the fields of France
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 249 249 recommendations | email to a friend
It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes and storytellers — high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the b...
Metro Briefs December 18
Dec 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Chabad of Pittsburgh's annual Car Menorah Parade will begin on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:45 p.m. The route begins at Chabad Lubavitch Center at 2100 Wightman St. with cars lining up to head south on Wig...