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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
Jul 21, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 21
Cindy Shapira was elected chair of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education this month. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established by statute...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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All-male yoga and the quest for comfort
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
When I was assigned to cover all-male yoga at Shaare Torah Congregation last week, my initial thought was what to wear. As a runner, I have drawers of neon shirts promising both visibility and brea...
Metro Briefs June 9
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a Pride Shabbat service on Friday, June 10.   All are welcome to attend a pre-oneg at 5:30 p.m. followed by the service at 6 p....
Spice up your Shavuot menu for a taste-tempting change
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Shavuot is approaching, and people’s palates anticipate tastes of favorite dairy dishes: blintzes and cheesecake, lasagna and ice cream or bagels and lox. But if you are bored with bagels, blasé ab...
Playing to the palate, local cheesecakes range in taste
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 700 years, rabbinical writings record that Jews have consumed dairy products on the holiday of Shavuot. In some generations, this custom was fulfilled by eating bread baked with milk ...
Passion for the Torah guides award-winning biblical scholar
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg may be one of the only biblical scholars around who rattles off quotes from 19th-century English novelist George Eliot, contemporary German writer W.G. Sebald, Rashi and Ch...
Clinton adviser relishes close ties to area’s Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
The fact that the 2016 Pennsylvania primary occurred during the week of Passover worked out well for Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, Laura Rosenberger. That “wonderful convergence of the ...
Clothes make the man — or, woman — for this Jewish actor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
When David Abeles dons the costume, the hair and the make-up of Agatha Trunchbull, a metamorphosis occurs. That’s when Abeles transforms from redheaded Jewish actor to the enormously breasted, musc...
Listen to ‘The Lion’
by Lisa Traiger, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
One man’s call to duty keeps Memorial Day tradition alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacob Notovitz keeps his promises. An 88-year-old veteran from Wilkinsburg who served during the Korean War, Notovitz is the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Pittsburgh Post #499 and a recipien...
Deservedly, Rabbi Jacob to be honored as Pursuer of Peace
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no way to predict how the course of a rabbinic career will play out, said Rabbi Walter Jacob, sitting in his office surrounded by copious volumes of books while brushing the dirt off his p...