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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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New Jewish Delegate Assembly resolutions pack a punch for CRC
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh passed three resolutions last Tuesday providing platforms for future advocacy efforts by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation ...
Project Harmony is a camping dream come true for former Pittsburgh resident
by Andrew Goldstein
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
After Hebrew class one day at the University of Chicago, Meg Sullivan and Lexie Tabachnick approached their professor individually, both wanting to find out how they could get involved with Israel....
Tzitzit for women, by women ‘makes the Torah real’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago Maya Rosen, now 20, began wearing tzitzit every day. A mitzvah traditionally observed by men, the donning of a four-cornered fringed garment has become if not widespread, at least n...
Jewish Federation helps make Day of Giving a huge success
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh placed in the Top 10 in terms of money raised during The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2014 Day of Giving campaign held on May 6. The Federation came in at No....
Metro Briefs
May 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh native Leah Vincent will discuss her memoir, “Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood,” at the Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill on Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m....
Teen Philanthropists
May 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
­Teen participants in the Samuel M. Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project B’nai Mitzvah Group, implemented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, recently decided to direct their donati...
Sandra Tatelman, socially conscious caterer
by Adam Reinherz
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Years ago, in winter’s midst, two sisters stood atop a hill outside their Squirrel Hill home. As cars passed, the girls pelted down snow balls. One car stopped and the girls ran inside. “We told my...
Cemetery educates middle schoolers
by Adam Reinherz
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
On Thursday, May 22, middle school students from Community Day School will travel to Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Allison Park, Pa., to participate in a multifaceted program honoring veterans. Progra...
NCJW speaker chronicled journey from city streets to Ivy League
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
By the time Liz Murray was 15, she was living alone on the streets of New York City. The child of cocaine-addicted parents, she grew up hungry and amid filth, her mother and father spending their w...
Visiting Palestinian tells of uphill battle in Middle East
by Andrew Goldstein
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Ezzeldeen Masri is not alone in his advocacy for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But unlike his counterparts in the United States, Israel and elsewhere worldwide, Masri doe...