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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 | 7 7 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 | 5 5 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...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 10 10 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 ...
Jan 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 8 8 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 | 7 7 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 | 6 6 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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Heaven sent: Judaism’s magical mystery tour of the Talmud’s sorcery, spells
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The magic conjured up by J.K. Rowling in her “Harry Potter” series and the magic revealed in Maggie Anton’s new book, “Enchantress,” are two very different kinds of magic, according to the author b...
Despite specter of nuclear Iran, ZOA’s featured speaker sees positives in Israel’s future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonathan Adelman is reminded of the words of Charles Dickens these days when he thinks about Israel: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Adelman, a professor at the Josef Korbel ...
Frustration fuels voters, especially in Pa.’s gubernatorial race
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett continues to trail his Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, in the polls, Jewish Pittsburgh seems to be following the rest of the state in favoring the challenger. A vote...
Little Lake Theatre’s latest turns fashion misery into laughter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Any woman who has a purse filled with capless pens, capless lipsticks and tissues that may or may not have been used, or whoever has been fitted for a bra, or who has a mother, should grab a girlfr...
Oy Vey! Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
by Michael Fox
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachievin...
1-2-3 cha-cha-cha: Riverview Towers gets a blast of high-energy dance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
“Dance,” Martha Graham once said, “is the hidden language of the soul.” That language spoke loudly and clearly to more than 100 residents of Riverview Towers last Sunday night, Oct. 19, as they wer...
Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
by Neal Gendler
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...
Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
by Rafael Medoff, JTA
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a r...
Just like Adam and Eve: Israelis grow hungry for vegan diet
by Ben Sales, JTA
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That...
Tzohar girls robbed at gunpoint in Squirrel Hill
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Three 18-year-old girls, all students at Tzohar Seminary, were robbed at gunpoint around 8 p.m. Monday on Shady Avenue between Douglas Street and Phillips Avenue in Squirrel Hill. According to semi...