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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...
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JAA is launching nighttime dementia program to aid sufferers and caregivers
For caregivers of family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, nights can be rough. Dementia often has adverse affects on the sleep/wake cycle, causing many patients to “su...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local man inspired New Jersey girl’s bat mitzva project
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Adina Falk was so inspired by a friend’s bat mitzva project that she wanted to find a way to give back in honor of her big day as well. So the 12-year-old girl decided to write “I Say,” a song abou...
Temple Sinai celebrates 65 years
Sep 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Sixty-five years ago this past August, David Glick made a motion “to announce the beginning of a new congregation in Pittsburgh to be known as Sinai. That motion was ratified at an opening meeting ...
Richardson going to Cuba to seek freedom for Gross
by JTA
Sep 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Bill Richardson, who has secured the release of imprisoned Americans, is traveling to Cuba in an attempt to free Jewish contractor Alan Gross. Gross' American lawyer, Peter Kahn, said...
Book supplier’s closing reflects hard times in Jewish book biz
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Sep 08, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
For the last 12 years, Kathy Macdonald and her business partner, Jane Rosenberg, have run SayFair Books, supplying Judaic books to synagogue gift shops, Jewish Community Centers and Hebrew schools ...
Youlus indicted faces charges of mail, wire fraud
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Sep 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The federal indictment of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, a Maryland-based Torah scribe who stands accused selling Torah scrolls with fabricated histories as Holocaust relics, represents a kind of closure f...
'Hare' chronicles unheard of Jewish family
by Neal Gendler
For the Chronicle
Sep 06, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
Odds are the Ephrussi — to use the author’s charming plural — were the richest Jewish family of which you’ve never heard. Author Edmund de Waal, son of an Anglican priest, is a successful British c...
‘Bread Givers’ paints real trials — and triumph — of immigrant women
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 04, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
“The Bread Givers,” by Anzia Yezierska, published in 1925, was part of the first wave of Jewish immigrant literature. Like Sara Smolinsky, the main character in this semi-autobiographical novel, th...
Zubik tribute to benefit Sderot center
Sep 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish National Fund in Pittsburgh will hold its annual Tree of Life Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. This year’s dinner will honor Bishop David A. Z...
Rabbi visiting Cuba surprised by level of freedom on island
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Aug 29, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
The community of about 1,000 Jews in Havana, Cuba, may be small, but it is both cohesive and committed, according to Rabbi David Novitsky, who recently returned from a mission there. Novitsky, the ...
Pittsburgh attorney reflects on crime spree that shook nation
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Stanley B. Hoss was one of western Pennsylvania’s most notorious criminals, but if you are under the age of 50 there’s a pretty good chance you never heard of him. In “Born to Lose,” former Pennsyl...