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Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbis, Catholic educators gather for annual summer retreat

Celebrating 15 years of local Catholic-Jewish collaboration in the advancement of education, nearly 40 Jewish and Catholic educators gathered at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery last month for their...
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Metro Briefs September 3
Congregation Poale Zedeck will welcome Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser as scholar-in-residence Friday, Sept. 4 to Sunday, Sept. 6.  Goldwasser is a weekly columnist in The Jewish Press, a regular contributo...
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Homemade taste means brisk business for Phil and Bill’s kosher ice cream
It may be a bit challenging to locate Phil and Bill’s Ice Cream, but for those who eat only those dairy products that are designated kosher cholov yisroel, it is definitely worth the quest. Here is...
Sep 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel Ambassadors Program takes college students to Israel for help in Pittsburgh

Ten students active in the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh recently returned from Israel, where they developed strategies for combating anti-Israel sentiments on campus. Among the tra...
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State Department witness on Benghazi looks back on two stints in Foggy Bottom
Joel Rubin is the president of Washington Strategy Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based foreign policy consulting firm. One month ago, he left the State Department after completing two stints there; the...
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Shortened Farmers Market season brings disappointment, petition
Although city officials had announced that the hours and season length of the Squirrel Hill Farmers Market would be shorter than last summer, the hours now have been restored, and the season extend...
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Obama to Jews: Iran deal does not limit U.S. ability to respond against Iran
In an address to American Jews on Friday, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons wit...
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For legal issues in sports, he’s the Silver standard
It would be too easy to look at Steve Silver as a modern-day Clark Kent, since he’s a former mild-mannered reporter for metropolitan newspapers who wears glasses. And while he’s no Superman, he has...
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Temple Sinai puts exclamation mark on music with hiring of new cantor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
At Camp Twin Echo, paintball, baseball and bonfires join Torah studies
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Eye-opener: JFNA trip runs the gamut of emotions
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Buskers get stamp of approval as outdoor music in Squirrel Hill takes off
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Should bystanders come to the rescue?
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 29, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Interim rabbi listened, and Beth Shalom responded with new rabbi, dream team
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 29, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metro Briefs July 23
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will be sending one its largest groups in several years to the JCC Maccabi Games, to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Aug. 9 to Aug. 14. Clos...
JFilm’s declaration of independence means funding freedom
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm, currently a division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has filed an application with the commonwealth to become an independent nonprofit corporation. Its anticipated independen...
Friendliness, charm keep out-of-town interns firmly in city’s grasp
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh for years had struggled to retain young people, as they were lured away by larger cities. But in another sign that this reality may be changing, five interns from the East Liberty-based ...
Holocaust museum, local center join forces Teachers get lessons in teaching about the Holocaust, genocide
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Holocaust education has always been a vital tool in making the cries of “never again” more than just a slogan. For 40 area educators eager to teach the Holocaust comprehensively and meaningfully, t...