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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls in Trouble’s new album: ‘Half You Half Me’ is all good
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Bible stories mix with rock music? Alicia Jo Rabins says yes, and her second album with her band Girls in Trouble “Half You Half Me” more than proves it. We first wrote about Girls in Trouble o...
Squirrel Hill stores quickly recovering after fire on Forbes
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone driving down Forbes Avenue through Squirrel Hill in the last two weeks probably noticed a hole in the business district’s usually bright storefronts: Levin’s Furniture, which opened just 17 ...
Farmer, rabbi and maple syrup maker, Shmuel Simenowitz melds Torah and environmentalism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s easy to spot Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz at a Jewish food conference, an environmentalist gathering or any of the other progressive-minded confabs he frequents. Just look for the ...
About the cover
by Staff
Apr 18, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Aviva Itskowitz, 8, won the Chronicle’s Passover cover contest. Aviva is in the third grade at Hillel Academy. All other submissions will be posted later this week on our website, thejewishchronicl...
Think matza baking is easy? Well, it is — kind of, sort of
by Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Apr 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Before you run to your computer to send us a letter to the editor about my matza adventure, be open-minded and have a sense of fun. Full disclosure — the matza I made in no way, shape or form is ko...
Passover can be tough for people grieving, but there is hope
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
As Passover approaches, coping with grief over the death of a loved one can be particularly acute, especially when annual traditions are continued in the friend’s or relative’s absence. “During a h...
Bestselling Muslim author to speak at Temple Sinai
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
To many young Americans, the recent anti-Muslim sentiment that has swept across America may seem freshly disturbing. But according to Reza Aslan, author of the New York Times bestseller “No God but...
Murder shocks community, but does not represent violence trend
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The murder of 90-year-old Cuddy Briskin last week sent shock waves through Squirrel Hill and the entire city, as many wondered what could drive someone to kill an elderly man. “It’s just an awful t...
Can CDS cranes bring refuah sheimah to Japan?
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
According to Japanese folklore, a person who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted one wish. For the students of Community Day School, who have been busy folding cranes for the last few weeks, t...
Josh Kornbluth finds Warhol, and Judaism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
BERKELEY, Calif. — Josh Kornbluth didn’t find his Jewish identity the typical way. It was pop artist Andy Warhol who sparked the process that brought the successful San Francisco Bay Area performer...