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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forward editor, panel parse lessons learned from FSU
by Matthew Wein, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Against the backdrop of Russia’s interference in Crimea’s pending separation from Ukraine and word of anti-Semitic acts on the rise in the region, Gal Beckerman, the opinion editor of The Jewish Da...
Five-part ‘Story of the Jews’ premieres on PBS
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s impossible to tell the story of the Jews in five hours, but Simon Schama comes pretty close. Schama, a British historian, documentarian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the h...
From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
Metro Briefs March 13
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh wired $25,000 to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to provide immediate assistance to the Ukrainian Jewish community. The amount represents ...
Pittsburgh sends large group to AIPAC policy conference
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Not surprisingly, much of the recent 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C., was centered on the nuclear threat to Israel and the rest of the world from Iran, David Ainsman said. “AI...
Bulletproof Stockings performing in Pittsburgh
Mar 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Bulletproof Stockings , the Hasidic women alternative rock band, will perform at Chatham University's Eddy Theatre, Saturday, March 22. In addition to the performance, a documentary will be shown. ...
Gene screening for preventable diseases
Mar 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Get Screened! for 19 Preventable Jewish Genetic Diseases Date: Sunday March 23 Time: 1 to 4:00 p.m. Place: JCC in Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Ave.
Three Rivers Klezmer Festival “Neshome” concert to benefit East End Cooperative
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Rodef Shalom Congregation will sponsor the Three Rivers Klezmer Festival “Neshome” concert to benefit the East End Cooperative ministries, Thursday, March 20, 8 p.m., at the synagogue, 4905 Fifth A...
UPMC, Israeli company partner on brain-mapping work
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A collaboration between the Israeli company ElMindA, and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, has generated research results that could lead to better concussion assessments and more effect...
Women tell theirs, Old City’s stories in new IMAX film
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Mar 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
If you love the City of David, then the giant screen documentary, “Jerusalem,” is a must-see motion picture. But not for the reasons you may think. Presented by National Geographic Entertainment, t...