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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
May 18, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
by Josefin Dolsten, JTA
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
Globe Briefs April 21
by JTA reports
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Tufts student senate passes Israel divestment resolution The Tufts University student senate passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from four companies that do business with Israel...
Local entrepreneur looking to process medical marijuana
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Gabe Perlow has high hopes for his new company, PurePenn LLC. Perlow, former general counsel at Pittsburgh-based McKnight Realty Partners, is also CEO of PurePenn, a company he formed with the inte...




Caliban’s warehouse is a wild isle of discovery
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Inside the cobalt-blue building on Craig Street in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is a shop with barrister bookcases and thousands of titles. Beloved by bookworms and bibliophiles, Caliban Books...
Kinky Friedman ‘on the road again’ with stop in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Kinky Friedman has been resurrected. The self-styled Texas Jewboy, who ran for governor of the state of Texas in 2006 and who is famous for such hit songs as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anym...
‘Survivor’ portraits a moving testament to those forever changed by Holocaust
by Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
The acclaimed British portrait photographer Harry Borden spent five years traveling the world photographing Holocaust survivors. In the introduction to “Survivor: a portrait of survivors of the Hol...
Judith Robinson’s ‘Carousel’ gets proper launch at Alphabet City
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
If it’s not every poet’s dream to do a book launch at a venue called Alphabet City, maybe it should be. The new space on Pittsburgh’s North Side for literature and arts programming, established by ...
Metro Briefs April 21
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The Holocaust Center’s annual Yom HaShoah commemoration will be held on Sunday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in the Katz Auditorium in the Robinson Buildi...
AgeWell Pittsburgh recognized with $150,000 grant
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
AgeWell Pittsburgh, a collaborative effort between three local Jewish organizations that coordinates services for senior citizens, will receive a $150,000 grant as the winner of the 2017 Collaborat...