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‘Connecting Communities’ brings teens together in common cause
Teens representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center met at the Senator John Heinz History Center last week for the start of a collaborativ...
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Pittsburgh premiere of ‘Annelies’ demonstrates music, text can share space
For decades, Anne Frank’s writings have hung in the social conscience. Next week, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) will suspend them a bit more. On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Rodef...
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Artist Lauren Braun shares ‘Points of View’
Walking into Penn Avenue’s Bar Marco on a Thursday afternoon — hours before the trendy Strip District restaurant is open for business — one is hit hard by the aroma of gourmet meals being prepped: ...
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Cohort of early childhood centers adopt shared rubric
Nine local early childhood education centers have developed a rubric to enable each facility to assess, achieve and, it is hoped, exceed measurable goals. The project, fostered by the Jewish Life a...
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‘Doubt’ revealed, explored in new SPACE exhibit
When independent curator Nadine Wasserman first conceived of an art exhibition around the theme of doubt, she thought it would be a show about “process and image,” she said. But that blueprint chan...
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Israel Pilgrimage - Blog post 2
The opportunity to travel through Israel at any time and with any traveling companion is a privilege.  But to be afforded the opportunity to be here with fellow friends in faith, even if our faith ...
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Israel interfaith trip
We arrived in Israel only 48 hours ago and already we are deeply immersed in the work of faith exploration and bonding as a group. Ours is a unique band of travelers. We are an interfaith pilgrimag...
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Metro Briefs February 10
The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh took issue with the Presidential Executive Order that imposes a four-month suspension on the United States refugee pro...
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Pittsburgher gets national position with John Birch Society
Andy “Hirsh” Dlinn remembers the precise moment he decided to join the John Birch Society more than 30 years ago. Always a strong believer in “limited government and liberty,” Dlinn was manning a l...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
Metro Briefs December 9
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
Metro Briefs December 2
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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...



Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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...