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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Facebook is home to a new kind of Holocaust remembrance
by Gal Beckerman
Forward
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Anne Frank’s Facebook page looks much like any other teenage girl’s: The profile picture shows Anne leaning against a wall; her hair is tucked behind her ears; and she stares off sideway...
Guitarist uses Paul Celan’s Holocaust poetry to create stunning opus
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dan Kaufman first read Paul Celan’s poetry, something clicked. Having grown up Jewish in Minneapolis and briefly in Israel, Kaufman always felt strong ties to the Holocaust and its unknowable ...
Justice Dept. again won't intervene in Rubashkin case
by JTA
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday t...
Local klezmer band makes beautiful music
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The music of Eastern Watershed Quartet’s latest CD, “The Klez Dispenser,” will tug at the heartstrings of the most discerning klezmer listener. The just-released 14-song package is klezmer in its m...
Beth El woman pays gift forward; helps cashier meet his Nigerian family
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
This Sunday, Miebaka Reuben — or Mo, as he is known to his friends — a cashier at a natural foods store in the Strip District, will be on his way to Nigeria to meet four half-brothers and his octog...
Anonymous gift gives WVU Hillel major facelift
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to a $100,000 anonymous gift, the West Virginia University Hillel is nearing completion of a massive renovation project at its University Avenue house. The project, which began Dec. 15, is d...
Israel’s 62nd birthday brings crowds to JCC
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s 62nd birthday brings crowds to JCC To many Jews, Israel is a special place of Jewish history and heritage. To 9-year-old Sam Kaplan, though, the best description of Israel might be delicio...
Palestinian village and Israeli town build rare partnership across line
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WADI FUKIN, West Bank -- Mohammed Mansara, a 70-year-old farmer who goes by the name Abu Mazen, indicates with a sweep of his arm the fruit trees and vegetables he grows on his small plot of land i...
Orthodox rabbinical parley to address women's leadership
by Ben Harris
JTA
Apr 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbi...
Frankel applauds Obama's directive for equal hospital access
by Release
Apr 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded President Obama's recent directive to provide same-sex partners access to their loved ones in nearly all U.S. hospitals. At Obama's direc...