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Metro Briefs 7-28
Little Lake Theatre is auditioning actors for a fall tour production of “Letters to Sala.” The production is looking for men (ages 20-35) and women (ages 20-50) for various roles. All actors on tou...
Jul 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Classrooms Without Borders takes educators, teachers on moving journey through Poland
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” This quotation from Seneca is one way to sum up why many teachers and students participated in a recent Classrooms Without Borders trip to...
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Zalman Shapiro, scientist and supporter of Israel, passes away at 96
Zalman Shapiro, a man whose energetic mind propelled submarines to new depths, died at his Oakland home on July 16. Shapiro was 96. Throughout his industrious career as a physical chemist and inven...
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Pittsburgher stands up for Gretchen Carlson
Allan Ripp didn’t start out as a PR man. “I wanted to work for The New York Times really badly,” Ripp, who reps former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her battle against her former employer, said...
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Creative Kosher Catering cooks up new base in East Pittsburgh
Creative Kosher Catering has found a new place to make dough. Having out- grown previous locales in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield — most recently the kitchen of Congregation Poale Zedeck — the cater...
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Duolingo enables English speakers to learn Hebrew for free
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...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
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...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
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...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
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...
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Najimy’s message is loud and clear: ‘Give a damn’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
The world would be very different if women were in charge, according to Kathy Najimy. The actress, feminist and human rights activist did not mince words last week as she delivered the keynote addr...
While tackling Trump, Clinton reminds us, ‘We are all Americans’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton had planned to speak about rectifying economic inequality, building infrastructure and the value of unions at her Pittsburgh rally Tuesday, but her address took a different tack in ...
Rabbi Henry, Rodef Shalom step forward for Orlando victims
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sharyn Henry of Rodef Shalom Congregation joined Mayor Bill Peduto and members of the Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium in a prayer vigil on Monday, June 13. The event, which was held outside of t...
Gerald Ostrow: a man of principle, devotion
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Prominent Jewish community leader Gerald “Jerry” S. Ostrow, who at one time held positions as diverse as chair of the Jewish Community Center, chair of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, chair of ...
All-male yoga and the quest for comfort
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
When I was assigned to cover all-male yoga at Shaare Torah Congregation last week, my initial thought was what to wear. As a runner, I have drawers of neon shirts promising both visibility and brea...
Metro Briefs June 9
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai invites the community to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a Pride Shabbat service on Friday, June 10.   All are welcome to attend a pre-oneg at 5:30 p.m. followed by the service at 6 p....
Spice up your Shavuot menu for a taste-tempting change
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Shavuot is approaching, and people’s palates anticipate tastes of favorite dairy dishes: blintzes and cheesecake, lasagna and ice cream or bagels and lox. But if you are bored with bagels, blasé ab...
Playing to the palate, local cheesecakes range in taste
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 700 years, rabbinical writings record that Jews have consumed dairy products on the holiday of Shavuot. In some generations, this custom was fulfilled by eating bread baked with milk ...
Passion for the Torah guides award-winning biblical scholar
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg may be one of the only biblical scholars around who rattles off quotes from 19th-century English novelist George Eliot, contemporary German writer W.G. Sebald, Rashi and Ch...
Clinton adviser relishes close ties to area’s Jewish community
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
The fact that the 2016 Pennsylvania primary occurred during the week of Passover worked out well for Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, Laura Rosenberger. That “wonderful convergence of the ...