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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Sea of change: LGBTQ inclusion finds smooth sailing in Jewish Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When a group of Beth El Congregation’s leaders met last week to discuss how they could better include those with disabilities at the synagogue, Rabbi Alex Greenbaum was happy to see the conversatio...
Good business, not mistrust, would be boost to struggling Arab-Israeli entrepreneurs
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Entrepreneurs in Israel and Western Pennsylvania have a lot to learn from each other, and Paul Harper is primed to do whatever he can to help make that happen. Harper, clinical assistant professor ...
Pittsburgh native’s first novel became his first screenplay — and a film capturing Sundance awards
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
When you hear the words “teenager with a terminal illness,” it’s likely that the place your brain leaps to isn’t, “very funny.” Yet Jesse Andrews, author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” has ma...
Metro Briefs June 18
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
World Refugee Day will be observed in Pittsburgh on Friday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square, Downtown. The Northern Area Multi-Service Center will lead the celebration planning effo...
Local activist seeks to put black-owned businesses on the map
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Joy Katz and Cindy Croot were giving away money in April. There was only one catch. The 100 people who received $10 from these two white artists had to promise to spend the funds in black-owned bus...
Push is on as sisterhoods, women’s groups seek younger members
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
About 40 women sit around tables set up in a Yeshiva Girls School classroom, gathered to share the recent accomplishments and upcoming programs of the respective organizations that they lead. It is...
Temple Hadar Israel sells but is staying put
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Hadar Israel — the last synagogue remaining in New Castle — has entered into a contract to sell its building, but its congregation will lease space from the new owner and continue to use the...
Hoop Dreams
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
In the Maccabi Games, also known as the Jewish Olympics, teams of Jewish athletes from around the world come together and compete for the honor that comes with a spot on the podium. The games are h...
Rodef Shalom’s Biblical Botanical Garden is testament to Jacobs’ love for plants, each other
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The late Irene Jacob, founder of Rodef Shalom’s Biblical Botanical Garden, might have been a bit skeptical had her husband been able to share with her his plans for this year’s annual exhibit, “Par...



For SHJP, new Federation initiative is all about connection
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s kind of hard to remember now, with temperatures soaring into the 90s and humidity so fierce that hair seems to frizz at the mere mention of it, but less than four months ago the thermometer in...