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Reform leader describes his fervor for teaching, learning and the right balance
The future belongs to the young, they say, and the man tasked with guiding tomorrow’s Reform leaders kept that truism in mind during his recent visit to Pittsburgh. “Our job is not to define the ri...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldberg is off and running as AJL’s interim executive director
Arthur L. Goldberg recently accepted the position of interim executive director of the Agency for Jewish Learning, satisfying the agency’s desire for a professional to run the educational organizat...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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NGO speakers here push for Iran deal
Two advisory members of the Iran Project — an independent nongovernmental entity that calls for improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and reducing “misunderstandings” betwee...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pressure’s on for rabbis to deliver THE sermon
As congregational attendance swells during the High Holiday season, a rabbi preparing a sermon might feel there is a lot at stake — maybe even a bit of pressure to make the sermon particularly good...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gerri Kay devoted life to family, local network of causes
Gerri Kay, a lifelong champion of Pittsburgh’s underserved who was known for her creativity and undeterrable commitment to the many causes and people for which she advocated, passed away Monday mor...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 7 7 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...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 6 6 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...
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Metro Briefs August 21
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Yard sale to help construct day care safe rooms in Israel
Aug 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
NA'AMAT women are preparing for a yard sale on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6328 Forbes Ave. Proceeds will go to constructing safe rooms for children at day care centers in Israel. Item...
New South Hills collaboration creates united high school program for Jewish teens
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
South Hills teens, regardless of affiliation, will be offered the chance to come together to learn and socialize through a new supplemental high school Judaics program supported by several Jewish i...