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Metro Briefs December 2
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh issued a letter to the community with a reminder that it represents, without exception, a diverse community and acts in a nonpartisan manner and that dis...
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Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com

Arianna Sharfman has enjoyed “playing with cameras” since she was in high school. But it wasn’t until the Orthodox native Californian attended Pittsburgh’s Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Art...
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Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
Bill Strickland recently returned from Akko, Israel, having witnessed “a modern miracle.” Strickland is the founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the local nonprofit that proves th...
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JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
Though lacking the fanfare of a major motion picture release, a recent announcement in the Pittsburgh cinematic community has shined a light on an organization until now thought of as primarily a J...
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Anti-Semitism abroad not yet at 1930s level, but ‘bleak’ nonetheless
Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism. The meeting was arranged by the American Jew...
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Metro Briefs November 25
Families of the Community Day School Class of 2017 invite the community for Israel Alive! Bid, schmooze and sip wine on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 6424 Forward Ave. All funds raised duri...
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Pittsburgher’s letter to ‘oracle of Omaha’ results in a $60 million sale of Israel Bonds
Sometimes a good dose of chutzpah can pay off in a big way. Just ask Harold Marcus, the man charged with heading the sale of Israel Bonds in Pennsylvania. The State of Israel has just scored $60 mi...
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Memories of Koopa Troopa and Italian plumbers are alive again
After blowing off the metaphorical dust and jostling a few memories, the world of Mario, Zelda and a princess-stealing ape is alive again. Thirty years after the release of the Nintendo Entertainme...
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Getting Arab Israeli women into high-tech is a win-win
There are many reasons to increase career opportunities for Israel’s female Arab citizens in its burgeoning high-tech workforce. Growing Arab women’s stake in the start-up nation will not only help...
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ReelAbilities Film Festival features insights of unlimited ability
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
A film festival of exceptional ability is in store for Pittsburghers. Between Oct. 20 and Nov. 2, the fourth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will take place at Rodef Shalom Congregation. As in p...
A tale of Alzheimer’s told in 21 voices
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
When asked how he came up with the title “21Voices,” documentary film director Tom Kurlander hearkens back about two years, to the day he received the type of phone call that anyone with an aging p...
PTS program offers chance for respectful dialogue
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Guests of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary found an orderly way to handle conflict. Last week, representatives from various religious faiths participated in a program titled, “The Place Where We...
Homeless fed PB&J courtesy of revived JHP at Pitt
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
In the spirit of the High Holidays, a group of University of Pittsburgh students provided a measure of comfort to the local homeless population by distributing 500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiche...
Talmud class at Rodef Shalom offers modern lessons
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Deep inside Pittsburgh’s most historic synagogue, participants leaned over pages of classical teachings as their teacher stood above. Aided by texts, treats and coffee the students delved into the ...
Pittsburgh player going to Israel to represent USA at ‘Jewish Olympics’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Jackson Blaufeld, 16, will have a lot of representing to do when he travels to Israel next summer. Not only is the Pittsburgh Allderdice sophomore the only member of Maccabi USA’s basketball team f...
Roslyn Litman, ACLU ‘stalwart,’ leaves lasting legacy
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Roslyn “Roz” M. Litman was physically petite, but “pound for pound and inch by inch, she was the most formidable defender of civil liberties this country has ever known,” according to her longtime ...
Metro Briefs October 14
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The Squirrel Hill Historical Society’s next free meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Holly Hippensteel, assistant dean of Stude...
Tax-exempt nonprofits must be mum when it comes to choosing between candidates
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 14, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Although this holiday season happens to coincide with one of the most divisive election seasons in recent history, congregational worshippers should not expect to hear their rabbis taking sides fro...
Metro Briefs October 7
Oct 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
Rebuild-U, Penn State’s first hands-on Jewish service group, launches the first annual Nadav Ezra Day of Giving on Sunday, Oct. 16, which will be a day dedicated to providing direct community servi...