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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
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Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
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Metro Briefs July 21
The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Linda Nyman, co-owner of Penn Brewery, will...
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PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 14
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...
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Jewish Federation allocations reach $22 million
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced last month the recipients of $22 million in allocations and grants. The money is expected to “support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish comm...
Jewish prisoner advocacy relies on interns’ dedication
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
When Matt Madruga was growing up Roman Catholic in Southern California, he probably could not have predicted that he would one day be working for a rabbi in Pittsburgh and advocating on behalf of J...
'A powerful voice for the finest of Jewish values’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate who became a leading icon of Holocaust remembrance and a global symbol of conscience, died Saturday at 87. His death was the result of natural...
Local teachers dig through biblical history
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
In Israel, a country one-sixth the size of Pennsylvania, startups share the same sites as ancient artifacts. Marc Rice, who just returned from an archaeology-focused trip there with Classrooms With...




The meaning of Friendship
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Dave Soltesz of the Penguins Foundation presented the Friendship Circle (and board member Dorothy Pollon and her son Ben) with a $5,000 check in support of its Sports League, a regular and popular ...
Lifer inmate’s art inspires, resonates at B’nai Abraham
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
The drawing was done with a ballpoint pen, and the artist is not renowned — in fact, he is serving a life sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. — but the framed image in the hal...




Jewish communities fight the odds, keep their roots alive
by Tammy Hepps, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Once there were hundreds of thriving small-town Jewish communities across the country. Now even the last survivors are vanishing. On Sunday, a New Light Congregation Men’s Club-sponsored bus tour o...
Community interfaith program tackles tough post-Orlando issues
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
With the aftermath of the mass shooting at Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub still being assessed, for many the June 12 attack could be framed in the contexts of three contentious contemporary politi...
Metro Briefs June 30
Jun 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 29, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...