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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Newly arrived Grilliance provides homemade recipe for success
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 03, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a new haunt for kosher carnivores. Grilliance, located at 2118 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, is both a restaurant and full-service caterer. Although situated in the former site of Aaron an...
Federation grants pass $23 million; aging, human needs lead the way
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
More than $23 million in grants for 2014 were approved last week by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s board of directors. The grants will help fund a variety of organizations and progra...
Small group has taken over PCUSA on issue of divestment, says pastor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Presbyterians’ recent vote to divest from three American companies doing   business in Israel came as no surprise to the Rev. John Wimberly of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.   ...
Community to hold memorial service
Jul 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the community join together in mourning with the people of Israel following the announcement of the tragic deaths of the kidnapped Israeli teens, Naf...
Symons, other clergy fined $500, but community service already served
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Ron Symons of Temple Sinai and seven other local clergy were fined a total of $500 for charges associated with their Feb. 27 arrest for blocking the entrance to the University of Pittsburgh M...
Metro Briefs June 26
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish Vegetarians of North America invite the community to its first Pittsburgh event Monday, June 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Living Market on East Carson Street in the South Side. J...
Inspiration from the past: Fight against cancer has unlikely beginning
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Four decades ago, Carolyn Olbum returned to school. An aspiring sculptor and mother of three, Olbum needed help at home. An ad was placed for a housekeeper. Georgia Doe’s sister-in-law spotted the ...
Ben-Gurion University expands presence in States with new Pittsburgh American Associates Chapter
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh has been tapped as the site for the newest chapter of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). Local attorney Jeffrey Letwin of the law firm, Schnader, Harris...
Ambitious Hadassah president wants Pittsburgh to know ‘we are here’ and wants to get more women involved
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Barbara Scheinberg first became involved in Hadassah just five years ago, but once aboard, she found herself all in. “Something about it just touched my heart and my spirit,” said Scheinberg, who a...
Forty years on, local rabbi keeps returning to Camp Ramah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It was the summer of 1975 when, at the age of 19, Chuck Diamond found himself for the first time headed north to Utterson, a small town in the scenic Muskoka district in central Ontario. Diamond, t...