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Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive

Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
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Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
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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...
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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...
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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 | 9 9 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...
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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 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Justin Bieber, ‘Scooter’ and the Shema play a major presence
by Edmon J. Rodman
JTA
Feb 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
LOS ANGELES -- Is “Never Say Never,” the biographical documentary and concert film that recounts the rise of Justin Bieber, also a message film of “Hear O Israel?” The film, which opens Feb. 11 in ...
Tiger Moms tamed by American experience
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Feb 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
OAKLAND, Calif. – Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin earned two A’s, one A-plus and one A-minus during her first semester at the University of California, Santa Barbara. When she told her Chinese grandf...
Watch President Obama at Penn State
by Jesse Lee
The White House
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Reducing global population pressures
by Editors of E/Environmental Magazine
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under President Obama, increased or at leas...
Covenant lawsuit moves toward settlement
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The class action lawsuit filed last year by residents of the former Covenant at South Hills against B’nai B’rith International and its affiliates appears to be moving toward resolution. Attorneys f...
Over 70 students converge in Pittsburgh for Israel advocacy weekend
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 04, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
At Hiram College in northeast Ohio, a student population of just over 1,000 means there aren’t too many Jews coming to the events held by the school’s recently re-launched Hillel. But student presi...
‘The Rise of David Levinsky’
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: In “Retro Reviews,” Chronicle Correspondent Hilary Daninhirsch begins a yearlong series in which she will review Jewish-themed books that have been out of print for decades, or perh...
Sports writer turns to ritual to make Steelers XLV prediction
by Jonathan Mayo
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Am I the only one seeing this? I can’t believe that numerologists haven’t made the connection before. As if I needed to paint any clearer lines between the Jewish people and American sport. Four qu...
Ohav Shalom member builds model Lionel train railroad
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Feb 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Neal Schorr has been working on the railroad all the livelong day, and even some nights and weekends, for many years. He is the builder, conductor and engineer of a model railroad based on the Midd...
Jews celebrate Steelers in educational, creative ways
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Feb 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’ve left your house or turned on the television in the last two weeks, you know: Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl. But while huge portions of Pittsburghers — and, surely, much of the coun...