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Israel under fire: First-person account describes what you don’t see on the news
The date is July 11, 2014. The truth is, I don’t even really know how to start this, and finding the energy to write down my thoughts is a challenge enough. I’m not sure exactly what to feel or whi...
Jul 17, 2014 | 5 5 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hundreds gather in support of Jewish state
More than 400 community members came together in support of Israel and to hear a briefing on its Operation Protective Shield delivered by a Middle East security expert Tuesday night, filling Levins...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pride, worry surround family whose IDF daughter is in thick of things
Six thousand miles from Pittsburgh, city natives are combining opportunity and bravery while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Joining the IDF and making the country a new residence is no news ...
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Metro Briefs July 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers. Funds collected through ...
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‘Passion, great attitude’ frame Norman Childs’ success in eyewear industry
When he was just 14 years old, Norman Childs had a chance meeting that ultimately dictated the course of his life. Sitting in a hospital waiting room while his grandfather was ill, Childs struck up...
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Teens in Israel: ‘Having fun but very uncomfortable’
Maddy Rudoy, 17, arrived in Israel on July 1 with BBYO and is still there enjoying her tour, according to her mother, Holly Rudoy of Mt. Lebanon. “They’re definitely having fun,” Holly Rudoy said o...
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With ‘juices flowing,’ Goodman relishes new South Hills role with Jewish Federation
After about a year of searching for the right person for the job, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has hired Rob Goodman of Upper St. Clair to serve as the director of the new South Hill...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 10
Rodef Shalom Congregation will hold its second free garden party on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Jimmy Adler Band will play original blues. The Goldstein Entertainment Endowmen...
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Summer in the city: Much to do for fun, relaxation
After being hammered for months last winter with snow, freezing rain, sleet and Arctic temperatures, Pittsburghers are more than eager to embrace the dog days of summer. While temperatures may be c...
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Young Peoples Synagogue sends youngest member to study in Israel
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 22, Derek Kwait is the youngest member of Young Peoples Synagogue — by 40 or 50 years. But despite the age difference between Kwait and the other members of YPS, he says he has found a sense...
Soviet Jewry hero, former Knesset member Sharansky to visit Pittsburgh
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Among the many names in Israeli politics, Natan Sharansky’s is one of the most respected. Since the late 1970s and 1980s, when he became internationally known as a Soviet Refusenik imprisoned on ch...
Local parent-organization website spreads nationwide
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Tucked away in a bright, busy office off Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon, a half dozen creative types hammer away on their computers, working on two screens each. “This is the ‘magic room,'” says David...
Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What did the rabbi do on Monday?)
by Jason Miller
JTA
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -- Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain Rabbi Joyce Newmark’s big news -- she is now a “Jeopardy!” champion. In the episod...
$95K bima remodeling project at Rodef Shalom completed
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As part of its ongoing effort to facilitate participation in communal life for all congregants, Rodef Shalom Congregation recently completed a $95,000 renovation of its bima (pulpit), making it han...
Jews play important, supporting role in ‘Freedom Riders’
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 13, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Israel Dresner remembers a particular conversation on a particular night in 1962. He was in Georgia, in a house with Dr. Martin Luther King, speaking about the histories of blacks and Jews. “...
Chabad of South Hills plans night of laughter as therapy
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Esther Rachel Russell is a professional laugh therapist and a comedian. No, those are not the same thing. The Los Angeles native will bring her brand of laughter therapy to Pittsburgh, Thursday, Ma...
Journalist: Jewish agencies must re-examine youth donor models
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
May 12, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish philanthropy is changing to reflect its evolving donor base and reach untapped givers, Jacob Berkman said, but those changes must go deeper. In an interview with the Chronicle during his rec...
Pittsburgh area celebrates Israel’s birthday
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The regional Jewish community, from Squirrel Hill to Wheeling, turned out in force Tuesday night to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 63rd Independence Day. (Watch the video) The festivities, held...
Israelis recalling the Holocaust victims on Yom Hashoa
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May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel's busiest highway on Holocaust Remembrance Day comes to a standstill.