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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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Oct 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
These are the submissions for this year's Chronicle Rosh Hashana cover contest.
Weil’s ‘Life with a Star’ pairs Holocaust reality with inspiring hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch
For the Chronicle
Oct 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Jiri Weil was one of the most remarkable Jewish writers that you’ve never heard of. Indeed, the Czechoslovakian-born author was underappreciated and relatively unknown outside of his native country...
Temple Sinai re-dedicates Barnett Chapel
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
It started its existence as a banquet hall in the mansion of a Pittsburgh industrial magnate. It graduated to a sanctuary where hundreds of Jews celebrated their b’nai mitzva or exchanged vows unde...
Photo exhibit pays tribute to Albanian Muslims
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2011 | 4 4 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
When Norman Gershman told his friend, fellow photographer Stuart Huck, that he was traveling to Albania to shoot pictures of righteous people, Huck was happy to offer advice about what photographic...
Pro-Israel, pro-Palestine students share views at Pitt
by Abby Gordon
Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 02, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Any program that can get young Jews and Palestinians to sit together under the same tent, then peacefully and respectfully discuss the issues that divide them, is arguably a darn good program. That...
Federation touts ‘Mega Mission’ at annual meeting
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, this was not your typical Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh annual meeting. Typical annual meetings aren’t planned around the theme of an international flight to Israel. Typical annual me...
Correction
Sep 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The Agency for Jewish Learning also participated in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4. The agency was unintentionally left off a list published in the Sept. 22 Chronicl...
Seeing God’s love
Haazinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
by Rabbi Mike Werbow
Congregation Beth Shalom
Sep 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Congratulations! We have all made it to the first Shabbat of 5772. For the past week (or more) we have been wishing each other, “L’shana tova tikateyvu,” (may you be inscribed for a good year). Now...
Life with Tourette’s
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 27, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Marc Elliot was a junior in high school, he got kicked off a Greyhound bus for shouting a racial epithet. Elliot did not blurt out the offensive term intentionally, but that incident may well ...
Still opens for the High Holy Days
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 22, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is the first in a continuing series of stories of synagogues that are outliving their congregations.) Amidst the stacks of papers covering the desk of John Katz at his real est...