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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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JAA is launching nighttime dementia program to aid sufferers and caregivers
For caregivers of family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, nights can be rough. Dementia often has adverse affects on the sleep/wake cycle, causing many patients to “su...
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AJL’s new director of teen learning has ‘amazing’ plans for J-SITE
Courses in the films of Woody Allen or the Jewish roots of the humor of Jon Stewart and Sarah Silverman; instruction on how to build a makom kodesh from scratch, using natural resources; and the op...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 7
Jewish Family & Children’s Service has announced two recent changes in the agency’s executive leadership staff. Dr. Jordan Golin, Psy. D., has been named chief operating officer and will also conti...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking a connection: Being Jewish in the northern suburbs has its challenges
Mars, Pa., has about as many Jewish families as Mars, the planet. Well, maybe just a few more, but they are rare. Ian Halper and his wife, Heather, moved to the Mars area in Butler County about six...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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JDate, Camp Ramah have a shidduch for you
In a first season episode of the HBO series “Girls,” Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet), a student in her early 20s, is strolling down the streets of Manhattan when she hears: “Shoshanna! Hey, remembe...
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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At B’nai Abraham, one burst pipe leads to a flood — of mitzvot
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Who could have guessed that a bounty of mitzvot would have been engendered by a single burst pipe? The story began last winter, when a water pipe burst over the sanctuary of Congregation B’nai Abra...
Departure of AJL’s ‘wonderful resource, wonderful thinker’ leaves huge shoes to fill
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
After five years of serving as the Agency for Jewish Learning’s community scholar, as well as its director of systemic initiatives, Rabbi Dr. Scott Aaron will be leaving Pittsburgh to take a new po...
‘Shall your brothers come to war while you sit here?’ Three from Pittsburgh answer the call
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 05, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
A young Palestinian girl calls down from an upstairs window of a house in Gaza, crying for the Israeli soldiers below to help her: The house is on fire. When the young soldiers enter the house to r...
Saralouise Reis: ‘the glue that held everything together’
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Saralouise Reis, a lifelong Jewish communal servant and longtime administrator of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Emanuel of South Hills who inspired generations of Pittsburghers, passed away J...
Metro Briefs July 31
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Pomegranate is a new food vendor at the Squirrel Hill farmers’ market offering a variety of dishes under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Amy Levin. From its stall in the parking lot behind the form...
BBYO trip turns into eyewitness to conflict: ‘We were living it’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Jeremy Witchel arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 3, ready to experience three weeks of Israel “BBYO-style,” touring the historical and cultural sites of the Jewish state while immersed in leade...
Reporting on the Gaza conflict: In Israel, it’s all Israel, all the time
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
As Israelis have been incessantly watching their televisions for the last few weeks, constantly monitoring updates of Operation Protective Shield, for the larger Arab world still grappling with the...
Local rally welcomes thousands in support of Israel
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
As fighting continued overseas, pro-Israel Pittsburghers packed a Squirrel Hill gymnasium and spilled out into a neighboring auditorium July 27 in support of the Jewish state. Representing diverse ...
Aliyah during wartime
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — The Jewish state’s newest crop of immigrants had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli cit...
Third intifada? It’s happening, says scholar, and Hamas’ strategy (kidnappings) is set
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
The call of Hamas for a third intifada is “mostly semantics,” according to Asaf Romirowsky, an adjunct scholar at the Foundation for Defense for Democracies and the Middle East Forum. “We’re alread...