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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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JWF to invest $10K in STEM opportunities for Yeshiva Girls’ School
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh is including a new initiative to support Yeshiva Girls School in its 2013-2014 grant awards. JWF awarded Yeshiva Girls School the maximum grant amoun...
Mohel sued over severe bris injury
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: This is an updated version of the story posted Thursday.) Parents of a baby boy say the child suffered a “catastrophic and life-changing injury” during his bris this past April, and...




Lazar completes term as WRJ president
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai member Lynn Magid Lazar concluded her four-year tenure as the president of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) at the 72nd URJ Biennial, which coincided with the WRJ 49th Assembly and Ce...
Sixty Pittsburghers attend URJ Biennial; session on J-JEP held
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
“Audacious hospitality” was the motivating motto at the Union for Reform Judaism’s 72nd Biennial conference, which ran from Tuesday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 15, in San Diego. About 60 Pittsbu...
Metro Briefs December 19
Dec 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has added four new professionals to its staff. The new hires are Ilene Rinn, manager of human services, planning and allocations; Bradley Stamm, campaign ass...
Squirrel Hill man to scale COL steps 11 months after stroke
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 18, 2013 | 4 4 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Steve Gillis has walked the city of Pittsburgh many times over. He has laced his shoes and headed out the door of his Squirrel Hill home, making his way up and down many hills. He has switched walk...
92nd St. Y broadcast gets stormy as irate panelist walks out
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Dec 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
When you put a conservative and liberal on stage at a political forum about Israel — with a centrist seated between them as a precautionary measure — there are bound to be some fireworks. And that’...
TOL*OLS balks at USCJ dues structure
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 18, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha has been placed on “suspension” from membership in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the North American umbrella organization of Conservative synagogues....




Jewish playwright, black director collaborate in PPTC festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 210 210 recommendations | email to a friend
While the last candles of Hanukkah were kindled last week, a play inspired by their light will continue its run through Dec. 17 as part of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Festival in B...
Israel’s Philly consulate to stay put
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
The Israeli Consulate General in Philadelphia will remain open. The Jerusalem Post, reported Oct. 11 that Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said the Philadelphia consulate could be close...