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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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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...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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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 | 14 14 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 | 14 14 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 | 15 15 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...
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As smoke clears from medical marijuana debate, relief sets in for advocates
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
When Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act into law last month, making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, Ken Eisner could finally breathe a sigh of rel...
Celebrating 10 years of forging friendships in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Samantha Holzer and Mike Lobel first met at Emma Kaufmann Camp several years ago when Holzer was in third grade. But their friendship did not take off until a few years later when they connected th...
New season at the doorstep for Front Porch Theatricals
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 11, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
The season for dreaming is now. Front Porch Theatricals, a Pittsburgh-based boutique professional musical company, has announced the casts and artistic teams for its 2016 American Dreamers season. ...
Metro Briefs May 5
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
The 24th annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 in Schenley Park.  The Pittsburgh Komen Race for the Cure is one of the largest fundraisers in the cit...
Teacher pens memoir of IDF service
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Nineteen-year-old Dorit, born and raised in New York City, lived with her controlling, fearful mother, who was the child of Holocaust survivors. Dorit’s father, an Israeli-born artist, held boozy G...
AIPAC speaker Schanzer warns of Hezbollah, ‘tough choices’ for Israelis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
A former counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Jonathan Schanzer, briefed local AIPAC members on the current state of Middle East foreign policy on Monday, May 2 at an ...
Temple Sinai celebrates 70 years with proclamation
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
To mark the congregation’s 70th anniversary, 15 members of Temple Sinai traveled to the Pittsburgh City-County Building for a special proclamation from Councilman Dan Gilman. “Now, therefore be it ...
Temple Ohav Shalom dedicates new memorial garden
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
A new Jewish cemetery in Pittsburgh is not an everyday occurrence.    That is why clouds and drizzle did not deter the sizable group of Temple Ohav Shalom congregants and religious school students ...
Putting faces to tragedies such as the Holocaust, genocide
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Tiffany O’Shea, an English teacher at Montour High School, already had incorporated the Holocaust graphic novel “Maus” by Art Spielgelman into her 10th-grade curriculum, when she attended the Summe...
Light continues to flicker, even as it fades
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
For several decades, the candle lighting ceremony at Pittsburgh’s annual Yom Hashoah commemoration has featured local Holocaust survivors publicly lighting the six memorial candles, one for each of...