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Azerbaijan’s energy drives a connection between Jews and Muslims
A long slinky line on a map that travels from Azerbaijan through Georgia and into Turkey is often referred to as the peace pipeline, as its oil frequently ends up in Israel. The Baku-Tbilsi-Ceyhan ...
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Harvard hosts Open Hillel’s first-ever conference
Open Hillel, which surged into national headlines last year as student opposition to Hillel International’s guidelines on Israel, held its inaugural national conference last weekend at Harvard Univ...
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Message of coexistence: ‘Jerusalem’ focuses squarely on city’s common thread
The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater was filled to its 300-person capacity Monday night for a screening of the film “Jerusalem,” which was followed by a panel of interfaith leaders ...
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ReelAbilities uses the power of film to showcase a more inclusive world for those with disabilities
Twenty percent of the U.S. population has a disability, and this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival promises to bring those experiences to the big screen in a universal way. “More than 54 million A...
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Intensive Fire Academy course leads local moms to new level of respect for firefighters
Forget about the stereotype of the Jewish mother slaving over a hot stove. Stacey Reibach and Allison Choder Friedman have moved from behind the frying pan and straight into the fire. Reibach and F...
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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One woman’s obsession is Jewish Homestead’s enormous gain
Growing up outside Philadelphia, where her mother was raised, Tammy Hepps got to spend a lot of time getting to know that side of her family because much of the clan still lived in the area. Her fa...
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Set for Pittsburgh debut, world-famous Israeli conductor appreciates PSO’s historical significance

Omer Meir Wellber, a young Israeli from Be’er Sheva who is quickly emerging as one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world, will be making his United States debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony...
Oct 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Happy’ Peter Max shares his colorful love of the world with Pittsburgh
Peter Max has been an icon of the American art scene for more than five decades, but like the powerful and boldly colored images he creates, he is infused with an exuberant vitality that seems to t...
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local advocacy group lobbied against Israel during Gaza conflict
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...
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Metro Briefs August 21
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...
Saying No! to hatred: Vigil gives hope to peace with 15 minutes of silence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 40 people of faith gathered together on Aug. 6 to silently pray for world peace at what organizer Karen Hochberg dubbed “an interfaith flash vigil” at Point State Park. Hochberg, executiv...
JAA is launching nighttime dementia program to aid sufferers and caregivers
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
For caregivers of family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, nights can be rough. Dementia often has adverse affects on the sleep/wake cycle, causing many patients to “su...