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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
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Local advocacy group lobbied against Israel during Gaza conflict
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), a nonprofit organization that purports to focus on domestic civil rights issues and bias against Muslims, bran...
Two old pals put their new venture, AthleteTrax, on a winning course
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Jon Halpern and Brian Gross met at Shady Side Elementary School when they were 6 years old, brought together by the common interest of tossing around a baseball at recess. Fifteen years later that ...
While growing their community, Chabad families in Greenfield find comfort, vitality
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, Yehuda and Chaya Cowen were facing a dilemma. The young couple were living in a small apartment in Squirrel Hill, happy with their Jewish community but quickly running out of space...
Pow! Bang! Zap! Holocaust Center’s ‘Chutz-Pow!’ gets wide exposure
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 06, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
In the midst of dinosaurs, soldiers and scantily clad superheroes sat two members of the Holocaust Center. Positioned behind their booth inside the annual comic book convention known as Pittsburgh ...
‘Focus on Jewish continuity’ fuels young leaders’ philanthropic push
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Thirty thousand dollars in local grant funds are currently available to support innovative projects that will engage teens and young adults, thanks to the vision of three young leaders aiming to fo...
Akko, Israel, project could pave way to Middle East reconciliation
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
An arts education and job training program that has been turning around the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh’s underserved for decades is set to be replicated in Akko, Israel, and if organizers’ dr...
Metro Briefs October 2
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section , in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Rodef Shalom Congregation, will...
Sally Kalson, ‘a terrific journalist but a better person,’ remembered for legendary voice, spirit
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Pittsburgh said goodbye to beloved Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and columnist Sally Kalson on Monday, paying tribute to a legendary and singular woman whose voice resonated in print and ...
University Honors College co-sponsors one-sided talk on Middle East
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 30, 2014 | 6 6 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant in Schenley Plaza “that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict,” served up a discussion Tuesday afternoon billed as focusi...
Love for the city keeps City Councilman Gilman running on full throttle
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Dan Gilman doesn’t stop. Watching him in action for a day is nothing short of exhausting, as the city councilman representing the Eighth District of Pittsburgh — which includes Squirrel Hill north ...