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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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‘Painting by Numbers: 32B, 34C, 36D’: Women become living canvases for cancer awareness
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
At first, most were shy that afternoon last September, modestly folding their arms over their bare breasts. But it wasn’t long before the 23 women who volunteered to have their chests painted to ra...
For Jerry Seinfeld, the laughs just keep on coming
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
If Jerry Seinfeld’s bits seemed familiar to his fans at the Benedum Center last Saturday night, they didn’t appear to notice. Or if they did notice, they didn’t care. Seinfeld, who has been enterta...
Anti-Israel sentiment does little to deter college-bound students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Brown University was not a very friendly place this past year for its pro-Israel students. Last January, anti-Israel protestors at Brown disrupted a conversation about Jewish identity that featured...
Noteworthy teachers get the call as Unsung Jewish Heroes
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
With much applause, communal honorees were celebrated for lacking acclaim. At Sunday’s annual Unsung Jewish Heroes Celebration, 20 educators were heralded for their sound fidelity with pronouncemen...



JCC Biennial celebrates history, looks to future
by Marc Shapiro and Justin Katz, Special to The Chronicle
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
BALTIMORE — A delegation from Pittsburgh joined more than 500 other representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world in Baltimore last week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. ...
Conversation about Israel takes center stage at Rodef Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick Senior Staff Writer
May 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Gordis began his address to supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh last week by announcing that what was about to happen within the walls of Rodef Shalom Congregation was ...



Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel independence day
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
‘Proud Jew’ Richard Lewis ‘honored’ to be JAA performer
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard Lewis opens the telephone interview with a self-deprecating riff on why he was six minutes late calling, blaming the tardiness first on Siri (an Apple computer program that works as a perso...
JCPA takes Pittsburghers to Cleveland for social justice
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburghers took to Cleveland last weekend in the name of advancing the interests of the Jewish people, supporting Israel, and promoting social justice, representing the Jewish Federation of Grea...
While some try new prayer book, others wait for theirs
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
At Conservative congregations across the country, they’re waiting for the prayer books to arrive. The Conservative movement has just published its first new siddur, or prayer book for Shabbat and w...