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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...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 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 | 8 8 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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 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 | 6 6 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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sixty Pittsburghers attend URJ Biennial; session on J-JEP held
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
“Audacious hospitality” was the motivating motto at the Union for Reform Judaism’s 72nd Biennial conference, which ran from Tuesday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 15, in San Diego. About 60 Pittsbu...
Metro Briefs December 19
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has added four new professionals to its staff. The new hires are Ilene Rinn, manager of human services, planning and allocations; Bradley Stamm, campaign ass...
Squirrel Hill man to scale COL steps 11 months after stroke
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 18, 2013 | 4 4 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Gillis has walked the city of Pittsburgh many times over. He has laced his shoes and headed out the door of his Squirrel Hill home, making his way up and down many hills. He has switched walk...
92nd St. Y broadcast gets stormy as irate panelist walks out
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
When you put a conservative and liberal on stage at a political forum about Israel — with a centrist seated between them as a precautionary measure — there are bound to be some fireworks. And that’...
TOL*OLS balks at USCJ dues structure
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 18, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 25 25 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 | 203 203 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 | 27 27 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 | 28 28 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 | 27 27 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 | 23 23 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...