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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Hundreds volunteer for Mitzvah Day projects
by Erik Rosen, For the Chronicle
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Every Christmas Day, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community turns out in force to give help to those in need.  Now in its 13th year, Mitzvah Day is a stark reminder that the needs of the less fortunate are ...
Inclusion of Jews with disabilities is focus of inaugural leadership conference
by Simone Ellin, JNS.org
Dec 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva, and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal or...
Sidney gave his hometown a try, and hasn’t looked back
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, full disclosure here. I have known Sidney since he was 3, and one of my daughter’s favorite playmates. But here’s the thing: If someone had told me then that just 19 years later Sidney would be...
Metro Briefs December 26
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
J Street Pittsburgh will present an evening with Alan Elsner, vice president of communications for J Street Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall, 5738...
Squirrel Hill man scales COL steps 11 months after stroke
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Gillis has walked the city of Pittsburgh many times over. He has laced his shoes and headed out the door of his Squirrel Hill home, making his way up and down many hills. He has switched walk...
New Delegate Assembly passes three policy resolutions
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
The newly formed Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh, a consortium of 75 individuals representing a variety of local Jewish organizations, held its first substantive meeting two weeks ag...
Schiff, Russell to lead High Holy Day services at Beth Shalom
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom has engaged Rabbi Danny Schiff and soloist Amanda Russell to officiate at the next year’s High Holy Days, the congregation has announced. Schiff, the former community schol...
New art, poetry exhibit with Holocaust themes opens in Strip
by Staff and Releases
Dec 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh opened its first fully self-curated exhibit, “3 Perspectives: An Attempt to Understand,” Thursday, Dec. 5 at Bar Marco/Union Hall...
Hooked on hummus
by Joshua Berkman, For the Chronicle
Dec 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Jews returning from experiences in Israel also return as hummus snobs — the mass-produced, packaged stuff sold in supermarkets (even Whole Foods) doesn’t cut it anymore. In fact, so strong wa...
‘The change we wish for’ Jewish, Arab Israelis start space center in Arab city Sakhnin
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
As a pilot in the Israel Defense Forces, Asaf Brimer flew combat missions. When he left the army, he made a career for himself in the Israeli aerospace industry. But if Brimer learned anything from...