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Federation’s one-day mega phone-a-thon was ‘Super’
Despite unseasonal spring-like weather, droves of community volunteers willingly spent last Sunday indoors making telephone calls and raising $232,000, including $25,000 in matching funds, from 419...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coming together: Jewish, Chinese communities set to celebrate Lunar New Year
For two weeks in February, Pittsburgh Jewish and Chinese communities will jointly celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Activities planned include martial arts and dance and music performances at the Jewi...
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This Jewish Pitt student is competing on “Jeopardy!” Who is …?
“Jewish Pitt Students” is the subject, and here is the clue. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, this senior at the University of Pittsburgh will appear on “Jeopardy!” Who is Sarah Dubnik? That is correct....
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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AIPAC speaker sees ‘bleak’ period of Palestinian violence continuing
Getting people interested in Palestinian politics is a hard sell, observed Grant Rumley, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. In the shad...
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Cruisin’ rabbi leads Jewish community, and others, on the high seas
Alvin Berkun has discovered a couple of “fringe benefits” to being a rabbi. The first, he joked, is his tallis; the second is the opportunity to travel the world on luxury cruise liners. Berkun, ra...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yiddish enthusiasts bring their passion to Squirrel Hill
It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but 20-somethings David Andrews, a secular Jewish software engineer with a penchant for Yiddish culture, and Levi Pekar, a Lebovitch psychologist who grew ...
Jan 27, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Advocate’s campaign on plight of Muslim women comes to Pittsburgh
There are a lot of people who do not want to hear what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has to say about growing up as a female Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. In 2014, Brandeis University silenced her v...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joint celebration forges connection between Jewish, Muslim ‘sisters’
The feminists who are members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Women’s Center are in many ways different from the women of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, who tend toward the traditional. But by joining to...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local poet’s intimate collection speaks to the Jewish soul
Anyone questioning the relevance of poetry in the 21st century could do herself a favor by checking out Rachel Mennies’ very intimate collection, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards,” a finalist...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mitzvah Days
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Almost 1,100 volunteers did good deeds throughout Greater Pittsburgh by participating in the Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s 15th annual Mitzvah Day. This year, Mitzvah Day volunteers served o...
Allderdice basketball team heads south, thanks to alumni generosity
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
Howard Hoffman and Buddy Valinsky both graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. Both men played on its varsity basketball team. Both remain loyal to the program — Valinksy is coach of Allderdi...
Hillel Academy administers lockdown after suspicious suitcase found outside of building
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh administered a 45 minute lockdown today after a suspicious looking suitcase was located on Beacon Street.  The lockdown was called by Kevin Brown, security guard for Hi...
Metro Briefs December 24
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Junior LWO invites all women to “The 5 Love Languages of Children: an Evening of Parenting Inspiration” with guest speaker Goldie Plotkin, who is co-director of the Chabad Center in Markham, Ontari...
Dedicated Ladies’ Auxiliary still in the business of improving lives
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
The organization officially disbanded seven years ago, but the handful of remaining committee members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Jewish Association on Aging are still making an impact in Jewis...
Local basketball talent going to Chile as part of Maccabi USA
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Soccer may be the beautiful game, but basketball has been pretty nice for Danny Hoffman. The Pittsburgh native and University of Maryland graduate is traveling to Santiago, Chile, to represent Macc...
Federation leads ‘amazing’ mission to Argentina
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community recently returned from a week in Argentina touring Buenos Aires, engaging with South America’s largest Jewish community and observing the Iguazu Falls.  T...
In balancing fear and reason, Jewish community must remain alert to terrorism
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Paris. San Bernardino. Harrisburg. That the threat of terrorism continues to spread, and that no community is necessarily immune, bears out in the headlines on an almost daily basis. Ordinary peopl...
Unwavering support
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
A local Baptist church has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase an ambulance with a price tag of $100,000 for Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical first responders. “We’ve always had...
Baptist church has big plans for its Honor Israel Night
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
A local Baptist church has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase an ambulance with a price tag of $100,000 for Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical first responders. “We’ve always had...