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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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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...
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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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Young Peoples Synagogue sends youngest member to study in Israel
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
At age 22, Derek Kwait is the youngest member of Young Peoples Synagogue — by 40 or 50 years. But despite the age difference between Kwait and the other members of YPS, he says he has found a sense...
Soviet Jewry hero, former Knesset member Sharansky to visit Pittsburgh
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Among the many names in Israeli politics, Natan Sharansky’s is one of the most respected. Since the late 1970s and 1980s, when he became internationally known as a Soviet Refusenik imprisoned on ch...
Local parent-organization website spreads nationwide
by Toby Tabachnick
May 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Tucked away in a bright, busy office off Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon, a half dozen creative types hammer away on their computers, working on two screens each. “This is the ‘magic room,'” says David...
Won ‘Jeopardy!’ (What did the rabbi do on Monday?)
by Jason Miller
JTA
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -- Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. That might help explain Rabbi Joyce Newmark’s big news -- she is now a “Jeopardy!” champion. In the episod...
$95K bima remodeling project at Rodef Shalom completed
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As part of its ongoing effort to facilitate participation in communal life for all congregants, Rodef Shalom Congregation recently completed a $95,000 renovation of its bima (pulpit), making it han...
Jews play important, supporting role in ‘Freedom Riders’
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 13, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Israel Dresner remembers a particular conversation on a particular night in 1962. He was in Georgia, in a house with Dr. Martin Luther King, speaking about the histories of blacks and Jews. “...
Chabad of South Hills plans night of laughter as therapy
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Esther Rachel Russell is a professional laugh therapist and a comedian. No, those are not the same thing. The Los Angeles native will bring her brand of laughter therapy to Pittsburgh, Thursday, Ma...
Journalist: Jewish agencies must re-examine youth donor models
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
May 12, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish philanthropy is changing to reflect its evolving donor base and reach untapped givers, Jacob Berkman said, but those changes must go deeper. In an interview with the Chronicle during his rec...
Pittsburgh area celebrates Israel’s birthday
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The regional Jewish community, from Squirrel Hill to Wheeling, turned out in force Tuesday night to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 63rd Independence Day. (Watch the video) The festivities, held...
Israelis recalling the Holocaust victims on Yom Hashoa
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May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel's busiest highway on Holocaust Remembrance Day comes to a standstill.