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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weil’s ‘Life with a Star’ pairs Holocaust reality with inspiring hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch
For the Chronicle
Oct 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Jiri Weil was one of the most remarkable Jewish writers that you’ve never heard of. Indeed, the Czechoslovakian-born author was underappreciated and relatively unknown outside of his native country...
Temple Sinai re-dedicates Barnett Chapel
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It started its existence as a banquet hall in the mansion of a Pittsburgh industrial magnate. It graduated to a sanctuary where hundreds of Jews celebrated their b’nai mitzva or exchanged vows unde...
Photo exhibit pays tribute to Albanian Muslims
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
When Norman Gershman told his friend, fellow photographer Stuart Huck, that he was traveling to Albania to shoot pictures of righteous people, Huck was happy to offer advice about what photographic...
Pro-Israel, pro-Palestine students share views at Pitt
by Abby Gordon
Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Any program that can get young Jews and Palestinians to sit together under the same tent, then peacefully and respectfully discuss the issues that divide them, is arguably a darn good program. That...
Federation touts ‘Mega Mission’ at annual meeting
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, this was not your typical Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh annual meeting. Typical annual meetings aren’t planned around the theme of an international flight to Israel. Typical annual me...
Correction
Sep 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The Agency for Jewish Learning also participated in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4. The agency was unintentionally left off a list published in the Sept. 22 Chronicl...
Seeing God’s love
Haazinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
by Rabbi Mike Werbow
Congregation Beth Shalom
Sep 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Congratulations! We have all made it to the first Shabbat of 5772. For the past week (or more) we have been wishing each other, “L’shana tova tikateyvu,” (may you be inscribed for a good year). Now...
Life with Tourette’s
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 27, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Marc Elliot was a junior in high school, he got kicked off a Greyhound bus for shouting a racial epithet. Elliot did not blurt out the offensive term intentionally, but that incident may well ...
Still opens for the High Holy Days
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is the first in a continuing series of stories of synagogues that are outliving their congregations.) Amidst the stacks of papers covering the desk of John Katz at his real est...
Beth Shalom art show gets under way this week
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will host a festival this week showcasing more than 1,500 works of Israeli art, including original oil and watercolor paintings, lithographs, etchings and woodcuts, at the ...