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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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For this cancer nonprofit, everyone is a ‘champion’
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. It’s not that the Up...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel Peace Week at Pitt fills students with food, information
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Students at the University of Pittsburgh have taken to the streets. Armed with hummus, pita and educational materials, the young activists have one objective: promoting peace in Israel by dispellin...
Sanders’ Jewish support is hardly a given
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Although young Democrats nationwide favor Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a wide margin — he leads 76 percent to 23 percent among those 29 and younger according to a recent McClatchy-Marist ...
A league of their own: A Jewish baseball museum, at last
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
Apr 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., they can learn about the only two members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank “The Hebrew Hammer” Gree...
Metro Briefs April 7
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The Community Day School Middle School spring musical performance of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. Directed by Jennifer Majeti...
Once again, JFilm throws spotlight on films from around the world
by Toby Tabachnick and Adam Reinherz, Staff Writers
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will open its 23rd annual festival on April 7 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” a candid look at the now nonagenarian who broke television barriers t...
American, Israeli teens give voice through song
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Musical imperfection never sounded so true. HaZamir, an amateur choir of eighth- to 12th-grade students from Pittsburgh, Karmiel and Misgav, performed at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pitt...
CMU doctoral student visits Israel to volunteer, entertain musically
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Where have all the Renaissance men gone? Well, one just recently returned from Israel. Mike Roth is a singing, songwriting, bass playing, Carnegie Mellon University engineering and public policy do...
Future will be paved by relationships, says JCPA leader
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
David Bernstein spent the morning of March 29 with insiders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Over breakfast, Bernstein, the new president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, de...
A great mitzvah: New Castle’s Torah finds a home in Poland
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
No one remembers exactly how or when the century-old Torah got from Poland to New Castle, Pa., but it will be a long time before anyone forgets how it made its way back home. Call it serendipity or...
Nora Ephron’s feats and foibles examined in film by her son
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
“It’s almost good,” Jacob Bernstein says. “That’s what she would have thought of it.” The “she” in this case is the late writer Nora Ephron, Bernstein’s mom. “It” is his elegant and moving document...