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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 | 2 2 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 | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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TOL*OLS balks at USCJ dues structure
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 18, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha has been placed on “suspension” from membership in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the North American umbrella organization of Conservative synagogues....




Jewish playwright, black director collaborate in PPTC festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 200 200 recommendations | email to a friend
While the last candles of Hanukkah were kindled last week, a play inspired by their light will continue its run through Dec. 17 as part of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Festival in B...
Israel’s Philly consulate to stay put
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
The Israeli Consulate General in Philadelphia will remain open. The Jerusalem Post, reported Oct. 11 that Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said the Philadelphia consulate could be close...
DNA revolutionizing genealogy, Dardashti says
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: Due to an editing error, the print version of this story read as though the Rabbi William Sajowitz Endowment Fund Weekend had already happened. In fact, it begins Friday, Dec. 13 Th...
Cranberry menorah lighting a first for fledgling community there
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
It was fitting that a Festival of Lights celebration illuminated the emerging Jewish community of Cranberry, a community that had been all but invisible to Jewish Pittsburgh until recently. Members...
In Jeb Feldman’s Braddock, past and future converge in the present
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
At the edge of Braddock, three stories above an unrecognizable building, Jeb Feldman has a comprehensive view of the borough. Outside his window is an unpaved gravel lot. In it, are two large piece...
Metro Briefs December 12
Dec 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sharyn Henry brought a fundraising campaign for a 13-year-old lightning strike victim to Pittsburgh last week, encouraging Jews across the area to light blue candles for the eighth night of C...
Sephardic Torah debuts at Shaare Torah minyan
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The new Sephardic minyan at Shaare Torah Congregation marked another milestone this past Shabbat when its worshippers read from a Torah scroll contained within a traditional Sephardic case. Some 25...
Morgantown Chabad to close on $1.2M purchase of house near WVU
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
For the last six years, the living room in the small, Morgantown, W. Va., home of Rabbi Zalman Gurevitz and his wife, Hindy, has been packed with up to 35 guests each Friday night. Mostly students ...
California filmmaker makes short film about sister at Riverview
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
When Lois Perelman first began to require supplemental oxygen because of emphysema, about 10 years ago, she was reluctant to be seen in public with her tank in tow. Consequently, she found herself ...