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Too much to do: At 82, Harris Baum is not slowing down
The honorary consul general of the Republic of Korea in Philadelphia doesn’t receive a dime. But he does get a reserved parking spot right outside his swank Market Street office. The man who has li...
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Metro Briefs July 30
The Zionist Organization of America — Pittsburgh District is hosting a program titled, “The Legacy of Sepharad: New and Old Encounters between Spain and the Jews,” with Michal Rose Friedman on Tues...
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Adelson ready to take charge at Beth Shalom
Rabbi Seth Adelson, who becomes a senior rabbi at Beth Shalom on Aug. 10, did not always want to be a rabbi. After growing up in a “very small town in the rural Berkshires of Massachusetts” and att...
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Temple Sinai puts exclamation mark on music with hiring of new cantor
Cantor Laura Berman recalls crying in the parking lot of the old B’nai Israel Synagogue on Negley Avenue as a third-grader starting Hebrew school. The late Claryne Karsh had been directing a youth ...
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At Camp Twin Echo, paintball, baseball and bonfires join Torah studies
For several hours each morning, the Yeshiva high school boys spend their summer days much like they do during the school year: studying Judaics and engaging in prayer. But their afternoons look a l...
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Eye-opener: JFNA trip runs the gamut of emotions
Six members of the local chapter of Jewish Federations of North America have just returned from a JFNA organized trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Israel. The Pittsburgh chapter also visited Istanbul f...
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Buskers get stamp of approval as outdoor music in Squirrel Hill takes off
Squirrel Hill has a new music scene — the street. For years, buskers (those who perform on the street or in subways for money or other gratuities) have popped up in the neighborhood. At points ther...
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Should bystanders come to the rescue?
P.N., who asked not to be named in this article, was taking a walk with her husband and their two small children in Squirrel Hill last week, when they stopped into the Rite Aid at Forbes and Murray...
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Interim rabbi listened, and Beth Shalom responded with new rabbi, dream team
Rabbi Amy Levin was not entirely sure what her time as an interim rabbi would look like when she arrived at Beth Shalom last summer for a one-year stint to help the Conservative congregation throug...
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Metro Briefs July 9
Jul 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a free summer adult education series on Monday, July 13 and 20.  Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m. Ivan Frank, an observer of Israeli politics, culture and curr...
Environmentalist hopes passion for hemp has ‘healthy’ impact
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Laid back is not how you would describe Ben Droz. When he picks up an interest, that interest becomes a passion — photography, trick skateboarding and, of all things, the benefits of industrial hem...
With only old-timers left, Uniontown’s Tree of Life makes ‘sad’ decision to sell
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 09, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Milt Kronick remembers a time when the pews at Congregation Tree of Life in Uniontown were filled with over 200 families on Shabbat, when the now empty classrooms were animated by scores of religio...
Despite UCC’s divestment, area leaders are optimistic
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The United Church of Christ’s top legislative body voted last week to divest from companies doing business in Israel, joining ranks with the Presbyterian Church (USA), which passed a similar resolu...
Rediscovering Jewish Palermo
by Irene Shaland and Bianca Del Bello, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first female and non-Orthodox rabbi to head the first modern Liberal synagogue in Italy, describes the Anousim or “the forced ones” of the South of Italy as people who are...
‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
by Neil Gendler
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Metro Briefs July 2
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Ruth Ganz Fargotstein will receive the Anne Copeland Remembrance Award during the Israel Bonds Pittsburgh Women’s Council’s 15th annual Chai Tea. The event will be held on Monday, July 13 at 1:30 p...




Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...