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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
Sep 22, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
Sep 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Jefferson awardee Fred Landay frees Jewish spirits behind prison walls
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Each week, for the last 15 years, Fred Landay has donned his kippa, run off copies of the current parsha (Torah portion) and trekked over to the Allegheny County Jail. Reading the parsha and talkin...
Plung to succeed Rudolph as federation chair leading into centennial year
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Louis Plung has been nominated to be the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s next chairman of the board, its nominating committee has announced. Plung will succeed William C. Rudolph this fal...
Caoin named Chronicle CEO as Befferman ends 18-year tenure
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
David Caoin, for the past year, the publisher of J: Jewish Pittsburgh Living magazine, has been named the new chief executive officer of The Jewish Chronicle. Caoin succeeds Barbara Befferman, who ...
‘Sacred Trash’ an engaging read despite ‘design quirks’
by Neal Gendler
For the Chronicle
Apr 24, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole state two purposes for writing “Geniza,” which may account for noticeable differences in density within their deeply researched book. First, they say they have tried to...
Arrest made Briskin slaying
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh Police arrested someone Friday in connection with the April 5 murder of 90-year-old Cuddy Briskin at his residence in Squirrel Hill. Jason Eric Kuhns, 35, of Brentwood, was detained afte...
Parkinson’s treatments on the horizon as Ashkenazi Jews cope with the disease
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 22, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
When Gail Hess was 57 years old, she found it hard to walk. Her right leg dragged whenever she tried it. She also began to stutter when she spoke. Swallowing became a chore. And her hands trembled....
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame to honor Franco Harris
by Release
Apr 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Franco Harris, the Hall of Fame running back for the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers, will be honored by the Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at its 29th Annual Induction Ceremony and Din...
Girls in Trouble’s new album: ‘Half You Half Me’ is all good
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Bible stories mix with rock music? Alicia Jo Rabins says yes, and her second album with her band Girls in Trouble “Half You Half Me” more than proves it. We first wrote about Girls in Trouble o...
Squirrel Hill stores quickly recovering after fire on Forbes
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone driving down Forbes Avenue through Squirrel Hill in the last two weeks probably noticed a hole in the business district’s usually bright storefronts: Levin’s Furniture, which opened just 17 ...
Farmer, rabbi and maple syrup maker, Shmuel Simenowitz melds Torah and environmentalism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s easy to spot Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz at a Jewish food conference, an environmentalist gathering or any of the other progressive-minded confabs he frequents. Just look for the ...