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Metro Briefs October 21
In celebration of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial, StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, has partnered with 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR station, and the Sena...
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alternative services seek broader communities
For Jews in Pittsburgh tradition is being bridged in seemingly new ways. Throughout the High Holiday season, many individuals and families are turning to alternative services or experiential opport...
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Holocaust play, ‘Letters to Sala,’ to reach thousands of area students
As a child and young adult, Ann Kirschner knew almost nothing of her mother’s background — only that she was born in Poland, and that she was a Holocaust survivor. For 50 years, her mother, Sala Ga...
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ReelAbilities Film Festival features insights of unlimited ability
A film festival of exceptional ability is in store for Pittsburghers. Between Oct. 20 and Nov. 2, the fourth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will take place at Rodef Shalom Congregation. As in p...
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A tale of Alzheimer’s told in 21 voices
When asked how he came up with the title “21Voices,” documentary film director Tom Kurlander hearkens back about two years, to the day he received the type of phone call that anyone with an aging p...
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PTS program offers chance for respectful dialogue
Guests of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary found an orderly way to handle conflict. Last week, representatives from various religious faiths participated in a program titled, “The Place Where We...
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Homeless fed PB&J courtesy of revived JHP at Pitt
In the spirit of the High Holidays, a group of University of Pittsburgh students provided a measure of comfort to the local homeless population by distributing 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiche...
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Talmud class at Rodef Shalom offers modern lessons
Deep inside Pittsburgh’s most historic synagogue, participants leaned over pages of classical teachings as their teacher stood above. Aided by texts, treats and coffee the students delved into the ...
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Pittsburgh player going to Israel to represent USA at ‘Jewish Olympics’
Jackson Blaufeld, 16, will have a lot of representing to do when he travels to Israel next summer. Not only is the Pittsburgh Allderdice sophomore the only member of Maccabi USA’s basketball team f...
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Kol Shira crosses ‘unspoken religious boundaries’ with song, respect
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
One is a physical therapist. One is a website editor. Many are mothers. All of them are Jewish singers. Chantal Belman, Lynn Berman, Leah Herman, Beth Jacobs, Jeanne McHale, Gilah Moritz, Jessica W...
Professor, rabbis disagree over legality of rabbinic hiring rules
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone serving on a rabbinic search committee for a Reform or Conservative congregation quickly learns one thing: there are rules. And those rules control, at least to some degree, which rabbis are...
Community forum on public schools draws Jewish interest
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a deep bond between the Jewish community and Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Marshall Dayan recognizes it. “Our community has traditionally been educated in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, a...
Ecumenical diplomat, Pastor Donald Green, retiring from Christian Associates
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
When Pastor Donald Green looks back on his career, one of the highlights will be the times he brought Jewish and Christian leaders together on one of the most contentious subjects dividing them: th...
Metro Briefs March 20
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Giant Eagle and Field Trip Factory announce the Giant Eagle Health & Wellness School Giveaway during the month of March. This contest coincides with National Nutrition Month and serves as a tie-in ...
Kater promotes healthy living while eschewing anti-obesity drives
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Anti-obesity campaigns are counterproductive, according to Kathy Kater, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. She thinks the focus should be on good health, not on size. Kater, who wi...
Temple Ohav Shalom hires new rabbi — Bryna Milkow of New Hampshire
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
After an almost yearlong search, Temple Ohav Shalom has hired a new permanent spiritual leader. Rabbi Bryna Milkow will officially start on July 15, serving the Allison Park congregation of 176 fam...
Forward editor, panel parse lessons learned from FSU
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Against the backdrop of Russia’s interference in Crimea’s pending separation from Ukraine and word of anti-Semitic acts on the rise in the region, Gal Beckerman, the opinion editor of The Jewish Da...
Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 213 213 recommendations | email to a friend
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...