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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
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Archives
World Refugee Day to be observed here; JF&CS involved
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
Leslie Aizenman will be at the local World Refugee Day celebration, Saturday, June 22, at Community College of Allegheny County on the North Side, but she may be hard to find in the crowd. As direc...
IAN forum here tackles challenges BDS poses for young Jews
by Andrew Goldstein, Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Young people in high school and college are hearing several different messages about Israel, some of which can be openly hostile or taken out of context. At an Israel Action Network community forum...
Under the Eruv
Jewish med students open free derm clinic at SHHC
by Adam Reinherz
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
During their first two years of study, students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are required to engage in three, monthlong, clinical experiences. One experience focuses on primar...
Panel ponders how Squirrel Hill is changing
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Over the past nine months, the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh has devoted a series of events to an exploration of Jewish life in Squirrel Hill. The Squirrel Hill Project con...
AJL hires teen ed. director; job redefined beyond J-SITE
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish teen education in Pittsburgh is about to change. The Agency for Jewish Learning has hired Gabe Goldman as its director of teen experiential education, a new position created with the departu...
Evelyn Kozak has died at the age of 113
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jew, and a former resident of Pittsburgh, died at the age of 113, Tuesday, June 11, after suffering a heart attack. For her 110th birthday — she was living at Charl...
Orthodox Jewish women ordained as first class of a ‘different kind of leader’
by Michele Alperin, JNS.org
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
On the surface, Sunday’s ordination ceremony for the first three graduates of Bronx, N.Y.-based Yeshivat Maharat—the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic auth...
Ohav Shalom music coordinator and youth director heads to rabbinical school
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
After a summer studying Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Amanda Russell decided that she wanted to become a rabbi. “I just fell in love with what I was doing the...
Beth Goldstein leaving J-SITE this month, was director 5 years
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Beth Goldstein, who has served as the director of teen education at the Agency for Jewish Learning since 2008, will be leaving her post at the end of June.   Goldstein will be moving to Boston wher...
Rabbis for Human Rights fight for Negev Bedouin
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 13, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Arik Ascherman has been fighting for human rights in Israel for many years, but there is one issue in particular that, lately, has been keeping him up at night: the proposed re-settling of 40...