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Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Jun 30, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
Jun 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cheryl Klein’s journey to rabbi: ‘It’s never too late’
Cheryl Klein took “a more circuitous path” to rabbinic ordination than your typical rabbi. Klein, 59, who has been the lay cantor at Congregation Dor Hadash since 1986, has been involved with many ...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Farrell Rubenstein — CPA, community leader — recognized by alma mater
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Jewish inductees to the Allderdice Hall of Fame this year.) Longtime Pittsburgh CPA, Farrell Rubenstein, was one of five honorees...
Metro Briefs November 28
Dec 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Chris Herman has been named coordinator of Pittsburgh's Diller Teen Fellows program, a 15-month international leadership experience for Jewish teens. In his new position, Herman will recruit and se...
Diamond to perform interfaith weddings with TOL-OLS backing
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 03, 2013 | 3 3 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
After months of consideration, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha’s Rabbi Chuck Diamond, with the backing of his congregation, has decided to perform interfaith weddings. His first such wedding is set for Au...
Eisner sees JTA becoming ‘digital town square’
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
As far as David Eisner is concerned, JTA can be more than just the global news service of  the Jewish people. “I would like to see JTA become the digital town square where Jews of all religious, po...
Israeli artist tackles conflicting question in film trilogy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
Hundreds gathered in the Carnegie Museum of Art last week for an evening with Israeli filmmaker Yael Bartana, and to see her artistic treatment of an unusual, perhaps controversial, topic. That top...
GA immersed North American Jews in Israeli political, cultural life
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Douglas “Woody” Ostrow left the 82nd annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America with “a lot of optimism,” he said. Ostrow, the board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greate...




Halevi: Most Israelis are centrists, leaning left and right
by Staff Reports
Nov 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli writer and scholar Yossi Klein Halevi came to Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill Sunday to speak about his new book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem ...
Annual shluchim gathering like ‘spiritual shot in arm’
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Howard Schapiro of Upper St. Clair is not a Chasidic Jew, but last week marked his third time in attendance at the annual International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries in New York. With n...
Holocaust Center exhibition ‘3 Perspectives’ to open Dec. 5
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is curating a traveling exhibition intended to foster understanding of the Shoah through art, narrative writing and history. The ...
Pittsburgh native helps magic happen at Sundance Film Festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
David Ginsberg remembers his days growing up in Stanton Heights, a kid who spent a lot of time watching TV and playing around with technology. He recalls saving every penny he made working in the l...