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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
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Stories prove travel mishaps can often have happy endings
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
As people throughout the area embark on their final vacations of the season, it might be helpful to know that summer hiccups don’t always require a doctor. Sometimes they need a travel agent. Take ...
Sense of humor useful for these area rabbis
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
So, there was that time when a well-intentioned non-Jewish member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills gave Rabbi Mark Mahler a canned ham for Chanukah. “In my thank you note, I acknowledged that I am ...
Farmers Market booth more than a summer job
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Jonah Keller was strolling through the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market one Sunday last summer with his family when, seeing the abundance of produce and other foods, inspiration struck. “I just thought...
Native son recalls hand in ‘Golden Age’ of B movies
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
To hear Milt Moritz describe his Hollywood days is to be treated to life of a bygone era. “It was not sophistication, it was by the seat of your pants,” Moritz said recently of his time with Americ...
Torah thefts are down thanks to some detective work
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Several local sefer Torahs may now be safer Torahs, following a visit from a Jerusalem-based nonprofit with a computerized technique of Torah scroll identification and registration. The system, dev...
Metro Briefs August 4
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s annual campaign. The Fede...
Tours of building signal new mikvah’s opening on the horizon
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
After six years of fundraising and construction, Squirrel Hill’s new women’s mikvah will soon be open for use. Judy Kanal, a board member who is heading up tours of the new ritual bath on the 6300 ...
Roberto Clemente and the Torah he hit home
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Roberto Clemente once hit a home run that took more than 40 years to land. When asked about the particular bat that lifted much more than a single ball, Clemente’s son recently said, “It’s amazing....
World-renowned ophthalmologist foresees future in Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh looks pretty good to José-Alain Sahel, the world-renowned ophthalmologist and scientist who recently moved from Strasbourg, France, to Squirrel Hill. “The feeling we got in Squirrel Hill...
Metro Briefs 7-28
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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...