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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Names of Love’ stylishly questions how well lovers know each other
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
They just don’t make romantic movies like this in America. “The Names of Love” is a French film from 2010 packed with socio-political and sexually liberated messages, subtle humor, superb acting an...
Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum dies
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Former colleagues of the late Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum, who died in Israel, Sunday, April 3, remembered him Friday for his sincerity, his outreach and how seriously he took his responsibilities as t...
Be excited, too, by Music Festival’s 2011 performances
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
You’re not afraid of ghosts … are you? How about monsters? Well, if you are, try to get over it in time for this year’s Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, which has just announced its 2011 season. T...
Cuddy Briskin, 90, found slain in his Squirrel Hill home
by Chronicle Staff
Apr 08, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Outrage has spread through the Jewish community and beyond in response to the murder of Cuddy Briskin, 90, a longtime Squirrel Hill resident who was found dead in his home Wednesday afternoon with ...
From tangos to lullabies, Jews made music during the Holocaust
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Even in the midst of the despair, suffering and anguish of the Holocaust, there was music. “It’s a tribute to the human spirit,” said Amy Spiegel Katz, who, along with Elaine Wertheim, is chairing ...
Local reaction to Goldstone retraction mixed, but hopeful
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
On Sept. 15, 2009, the United Nations released a 574-page report, dubbed the Goldstone Report, of a fact-finding commission led by Judge Richard Goldstone into possible human rights violations comm...
IAN plans grassroots efforts to fight Israel delegitimization
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Last June, an eight-person delegation of local Jewish leaders met with a group of Presbyterian leaders from throughout the region to voice concerns about the national church’s position on Israel. T...
Thursday morning blaze
by Justin Jacobs, Associate Editor
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A fire destroyed one Squirrel Hill business and caused smoke damage to two others at around 9 a.m. Thursday morning on Forbes Ave. The fire began and was largely contained in Levin's Sleep Center. ...
Getting a ‘get’ comes to forefront in film
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 04, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The opening weekend of this month’s JFilm Festival ended with a healthy dose of Jewish debate on March 27 at the SouthSide Works Cinema after the screening of “Women Unchained,” when a panel of spe...
Food flight: Perusing American Jewry’s past and present
by Elizabeth Alpern
JTA
Apr 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Two relatively new books tell the story of American Jewry, weaving together its past and present by examining tradition and making it relevant to today’s reader. Where Sue Fishkoff’s "K...