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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
Sep 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...




Planned Beechwood development builds concern among neighbors
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Walls are not yet tumbling down, but there is a fracture among those invested in the building at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. The historic home, which sits on 1.38 acres in residential Squirrel Hill, rests...
Visiting MKs get a taste of Pittsburgh — Terrible Towels and all
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
With a Terrible Towel in hand, five Knesset members visited Pittsburgh in order to better grasp diaspora Jewish life. The group, which included Merav Ben Ari and Yifat Shasha-Biton of the Kulanu pa...
Plenty of friends on hand for Friendship Circle grand opening
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Friendship Circle counted plenty of friends among the crowd that had gathered Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s new facilities in the heart of Squirrel Hill. Located a...
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, rabbi are parting ways
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 15, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Chuck Diamond will be leaving his position as spiritual leader of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation next summer, pursuant to an agreement recently negotiated by attorneys for the rabbi an...
Why Tel Aviv is so crazy about dogs
by Andrew Tobin, JTA
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — It’s not every day you see a dog getting a massage. But in this Israeli city, somehow it seems expected. At Tel Aviv’s first official dog festival last month, hundreds of dogs took over ...
Opioid addiction moves out of the shadows, even as it spreads like wildfire
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Charlene was planning for her 27-year-old son to attend the opioid addiction town hall meeting, but he didn’t make it. Addicted to opioids since 2011, but sober for the last six months, the son rel...
Metro Briefs September 9
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai will hold an Open House and Sinai at 70 Shabbat Service on Friday, Sept. 9. The Open House begins at 6 p.m. and the service and special oneg at 7 p.m. For more information on Sinai at ...
Congregations, JAA examine occupying one site
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation and the Jewish Association on Aging are exploring the possibility of creating senior housing for the community, as well as a new synagogue space, on the congre...
Educational programs, initiatives bring welcome changes
by Masha Sholler and Adam Reinherz
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
The recent sound of school bells signal summer’s end. But seasonal demise is no reason for sadness, as a swath of new programs are promising optimal educational experiences for Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...