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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
May 18, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ tells of resilience, hope
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine growing up never knowing that you were from a family of Holocaust survivors. Then imagine that once you discovered the truth, you learned that there was an incredible story behind the story...
Metro Briefs April 14
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
The Waldman International Arts & Writing Awards reception will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Center, at 826 Hazelwood Ave. The student winners from the Pittsburgh area a...
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha seeks community collaboration
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Things are looking up at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, according to the congregation’s president, Michael Eisenberg. Despite the shrinking membership, budget issues and other challenges faced by so man...
Virtual Seminar at Holocaust Center livestreams survivor
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
With the number of Holocaust survivors diminishing each year, there is urgency in getting their firsthand accounts out to as many people as possible. Such is the philosophy behind the Holocaust Cen...
Muslim, Jewish comedians offer a harmony of laughs
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
Some jokes have more than a grain of truth: some have a whole lafa. Over the course of two 30-minute sets, Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, both of Standup for Peace, entertained Jewish and Musl...
Duquesne University to offer Jewish studies
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Beginning this fall, Duquesne University will offer a minor in Jewish studies. The announcement was made by Marie Baird and Mark Frisch, faculty members at the private Catholic university. The 15-c...
Local expert unpacks Syrian conflict for World Affairs Council
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
Just hours after a deadly chemical weapon attack killed at least 70 people and wounded at least 300 in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Professor Ross Harrison was at the Duquesne Club delivering ...
Metro Briefs April 7
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
The 125th anniversary of the “Battle of Homestead” will be commemorated this year with a series of events, kicking off on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, with a ...
Downtown photo exhibit lets viewers ‘remember Pittsburgh’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
From 1978 to 1982, Pittsburgh native David Aschkenas spent his days photographing the Steel City. That was before the digital age, when a photographer would set up his camera, complete with bellows...
Pittsburgh woman ‘charged up’ over new career
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 06, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Dara Stern does not fit the profile of the typical trade school student. As a 40-year-old Jewish woman, with college degrees, the longtime Pittsburgher stands out among a sea of mostly young white ...