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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Here’s one high-flying nonprofit that’s definitely gone to the dogs
Up above the clouds in a small airline carrier, a voice breaks up the sounds from the engine. “Animal rescue team flight No. 920,” an air traffic controller announced over a two-way radio. Another ...
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FIDF makes heartfelt pitch to gather support in Pittsburgh
Seeking to expand its reach to the Steel City, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) brought its message of aiding Israeli soldiers and veterans to a 30-strong group in Squirrel Hill last wee...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foreign author shares familiar tales of daring and reflection
In a decorated home nestled between Squirrel Hill and Oakland, 20 people gathered to hear Howard Goldenberg, an Australian doctor, author and marathoner, share familial anecdotes alongside excerpts...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holocaust Center director resigns, takes animal welfare position
Joy Braunstein is pursuing greener pastures. Within days, Braunstein will officially resign as director of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and become executive d...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 15
Ronna Harris Askin is the new executive director of the Jewish Assistance Fund. She replaces retiring executive director Ellen Primis, who shaped the organization as its first executive director. P...
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Metro Briefs December 4
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom will hold Shabbat Shiur with Adam Garber, field director for PennEnvironment, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:40 p.m., after services, in the Helfant Chapel. Garber helps coordin...
Inaugural Night Out event brings area Jewish men together
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Several hundred men recently gathered for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Men’s Night Out. The inaugural event featured hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts as well as an inspirational...
Bringing the past to life spotlights importance of Jewish community
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Generations of Jewish families in Pittsburgh have painstakingly saved their photos and wedding announcements; their son’s honor-roll report card and across-the-Atlantic passenger information for th...
Pitt’s SJP cites commitment to BDS
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 04, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The University of Pittsburgh has complied with a request by Students for Justice in Palestine to offer an alternative to Sabra brand hummus at its campus dining facilities. The SJP’s appeal for ano...
Recharge, refresh and reflect: ‘Step into the Light’ at the Chabad Women’s Retreat
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
As the days get shorter and the nights longer, people often feel a need to “get away from it all.” While trips to the Caribbean are not always possible, it is possible to have more light and less d...
‘Jarring, scary’ protest at Pitt upends talk by former IDF medic
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Masked protesters wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh on Monday evening, Nov. 24, necessitating the interve...
Pittsburgh gets glimpse of modern Israelite Samaritans
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dale Lazar agreed to travel with a group of professional photographers at 2 a.m. from Tel Aviv to Kiryat Luza in the West Bank, he really had no idea where that journey would lead. In the end ...
Linda Goldston leaves legacy of pioneering, philanthropy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
After becoming president of the Temple Sinai Sisterhood, Flo Leebov told her young daughter, Linda, that perhaps one day she too might attain the position. According to family lore, Linda replied, ...
For the Dutch, hiding Jews was an almost popular way to ‘fight back’
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is nothing funny about the Holocaust, the title of Hans Keilson’s long-lost novella, “Comedy in a Minor Key,” seems appropriate, although as comedies go, this is certainly a dark one. “...
Metro Briefs November 27
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Kim Weiss , who has family in Pittsburgh, has been a book publicist, writer, author mentor and art lover for more than 20 years. As an adult, she began documenting the awe and beauty of nature from...