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An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...
Aug 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Civic engagement fund supports projects in and out of the community

A new dose of vibrancy has arrived for local organizations. Mini-grants, ranging from $600 to $7,000, were awarded to 13 initiatives aimed at strengthening, supporting and engaging Pittsburgh’s div...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
It’s no secret that hospital food can be pretty unappealing, and kosher hospital food is no exception. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introdu...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Duolingo, the free language-learning platform that has attracted more than 150 million users, recently released a Hebrew for English speakers course. Since the June 23 release, more than 53,000 stu...
Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
by Masha Shollar, Chronicle Intern
Jul 21, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metro Briefs July 21
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Cindy Shapira was elected chair of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education this month. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established by statute...
PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metro Briefs July 14
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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...