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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
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Metro Briefs July 7
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently, strong storms caused devastating flooding in West Virginia . At least 23 have been killed and thousands more have been displaced when river waters rose more than 27 feet in less than a da...
On the block again, former synagogue building might disappear
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Seeing the “For Sale” sign in front of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School on N. Negley Avenue conjures up some strong feelings for Maxine Horn — “none of them good.” It’s not tha...



Motor history and its connoisseurs coming to Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
Jaguars, Pintos and Mustangs are coming to Schenley Park. And for vintage car enthusiasts, the excitement is hard to tame. From July 8 to July 17, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will host events...
Jewish Federation allocations reach $22 million
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced last month the recipients of $22 million in allocations and grants. The money is expected to “support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish comm...
Jewish prisoner advocacy relies on interns’ dedication
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
When Matt Madruga was growing up Roman Catholic in Southern California, he probably could not have predicted that he would one day be working for a rabbi in Pittsburgh and advocating on behalf of J...
'A powerful voice for the finest of Jewish values’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate who became a leading icon of Holocaust remembrance and a global symbol of conscience, died Saturday at 87. His death was the result of natural...
Local teachers dig through biblical history
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
In Israel, a country one-sixth the size of Pennsylvania, startups share the same sites as ancient artifacts. Marc Rice, who just returned from an archaeology-focused trip there with Classrooms With...




The meaning of Friendship
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Dave Soltesz of the Penguins Foundation presented the Friendship Circle (and board member Dorothy Pollon and her son Ben) with a $5,000 check in support of its Sports League, a regular and popular ...
Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...




Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...