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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...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 2 2 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...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Hometown hopeful gets his name in lights
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
After his first viewing of “Room,” Jesse Shapira thought, “This is pretty darn good,” recalled the Pittsburgh native whose company produced the film.   Turns out a lot of other people think it is p...
Casey lauds local law enforcement in apprehension of Harrisburg ISIS supporter, worries about social media’s role
by Marissa Stern, Special to the Chronicle
Dec 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
After an FBI raid of his home, a 19-year-old man was arrested in Harrisburg, Pa. on Dec. 17 on charges of “conspiring and attempting to provide material support” to the terrorist group ISIS. The ch...
‘As a Driven Leaf’ is a powerful look at politics, religion, philosophy in ancient times
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions of faith versus reason, religion versus paganism and strict adherence to ritual versus assimilation are all central themes in Milton Steinberg’s 1939 novel, “As a Driven Leaf.” It is curi...
A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
Metro Briefs December 17
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center Family Snow Ball will be held on Thursday, Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Levinson Hall. The event is for families with children ages 10 and under. This is the JCC’s s...
Shapira joins local leaders in deploring state budget impasse
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy Shapira, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, joined local business, religious and nonprofit leaders in the Strip District last Friday for a press event to denounce the nearl...
ReJews: Environmental action aimed at helping community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Recycling and environmental action should be a bigger part of the Jewish communal world, according to University of Pittsburgh alumnus Henry Goodelman. And with his recent launch of ReJews, a nonpr...
Mitzvah Day 2015: A program growing by the day
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Mitzvah Day, or rather Mitzvah Days, is approaching. The annual event, which encourages members of the Jewish community to volunteer on Dec. 25, has grown.  This year, the number of participants, v...
‘It was grand’: Rabbi Jacob on German chancellor’s Geiger Award
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Dr. Walter Jacob, rabbi emeritus and senior scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, traveled to Berlin to present Dr. Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, with the 2015...




Shalom Pittsburgh gives young adult Jews a chance to hang out, socialize
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In contradistinction to its past event, Shalom Pittsburgh hosted a quiet evening for socializing. Roughly one week after its raucous Vodka Latke, held at the Altar Bar in the Strip District, Shalom...