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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Fighting in Israel, Gaza affects Pittsburgh, Jewish community
by Chronicle Staff
Nov 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
As rockets continue toAs rockets continue to terrorize Israel, and the Jewish state responds with air strikes, the fighting in the region has touched the Pittsburgh community in many ways. Families...
Jewish, Muslim students build bridges while fighting rages in Middle East
by Sam Lapin, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
As fighting raged between the Jewish state and militant Islamist groups in the Gaza Strip, Jewish students and members of the Muslim Students Association at the University of Pittsburgh came togeth...
History of gift giving on Chanuka, with gift guide
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Shop ’til you drop Chanuka begins on the 25th day of Kislev, which falls this year on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8. For many Jews across the United States, that means now is the time to start sh...
Drescher: Black press attacked treatment of Jews following Kristallnacht
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Nov 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
In the fallout of the fires and broken glass of Kristallnacht, some of the best friends Jews had were in the Black community, Seymour Drescher said. “The African-American press editorials noted tha...
Rauh digitizes YM/WHA, Y-IKC newsletters; posts them to online Jewish news archive
Nov 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The Rauh Jewish Archives has announced that the weekly newsletters of the Young Men & Women’s Hebrew Association, the Y-IKC, and the Jewish Community Center, from 1926 to 1975, have been digitized ...
Israeli peoplehood specialist stresses youth during visit
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Nov 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
An Israeli expert on peoplehood education said the biggest challenge facing Jews on this subject is not defining peoplehood but engaging young people. On that front, Shlomi Ravid, the founding dire...
Designer Days
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Metro Briefs November 15
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has won the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence. The award, which recognizes the Federation’s 2011 Annual Camp...
Highmark to begin coverage for genetic screening in 2013
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Highmark, Inc. will be changing its medical policy in January 2013 to provide insurance coverage for pre-conception genetic tests for Ashkenazi Jews between the ages of 18 and 29. Most other large ...
Sherman reflects on JF&CS progress at milestone date
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Nov 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
As Jewish Family & Children’s Service prepares to mark its 75th anniversary, Aryeh Sherman is reflecting on how far the social service agency has come and where it’s going. For Sherman, the JF&CS p...