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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 13
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli journalist offers glimmer of hope during ‘dark time in the Middle East’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Following a brutal summer in the Middle East, the story that journalist Amir Tibon brought from Israel to Pittsburgh was one of cautious optimism and hope.   Events during and after the war in Gaza...
Metro Briefs October 16
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Riverview Towers will hold Quick-Step at the View, an evening with the pros from Arthur Murray Dance Studios that will include a dessert bar and Chinese auction on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at 52 G...
Azerbaijan’s energy drives a connection between Jews and Muslims
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A long slinky line on a map that travels from Azerbaijan through Georgia and into Turkey is often referred to as the peace pipeline, as its oil frequently ends up in Israel. The Baku-Tbilsi-Ceyhan ...
Harvard hosts Open Hillel’s first-ever conference
by Julian Sadur and Toby Tabachnick
Oct 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Open Hillel, which surged into national headlines last year as student opposition to Hillel International’s guidelines on Israel, held its inaugural national conference last weekend at Harvard Univ...
Message of coexistence: ‘Jerusalem’ focuses squarely on city’s common thread
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater was filled to its 300-person capacity Monday night for a screening of the film “Jerusalem,” which was followed by a panel of interfaith leaders ...
ReelAbilities uses the power of film to showcase a more inclusive world for those with disabilities
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty percent of the U.S. population has a disability, and this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival promises to bring those experiences to the big screen in a universal way. “More than 54 million A...
Intensive Fire Academy course leads local moms to new level of respect for firefighters
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Forget about the stereotype of the Jewish mother slaving over a hot stove. Stacey Reibach and Allison Choder Friedman have moved from behind the frying pan and straight into the fire. Reibach and F...
One woman’s obsession is Jewish Homestead’s enormous gain
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Growing up outside Philadelphia, where her mother was raised, Tammy Hepps got to spend a lot of time getting to know that side of her family because much of the clan still lived in the area. Her fa...





Set for Pittsburgh debut, world-famous Israeli conductor appreciates PSO’s historical significance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Omer Meir Wellber, a young Israeli from Be’er Sheva who is quickly emerging as one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world, will be making his United States debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony...
‘Happy’ Peter Max shares his colorful love of the world with Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Peter Max has been an icon of the American art scene for more than five decades, but like the powerful and boldly colored images he creates, he is infused with an exuberant vitality that seems to t...