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Israel under fire: First-person account describes what you don’t see on the news
The date is July 11, 2014. The truth is, I don’t even really know how to start this, and finding the energy to write down my thoughts is a challenge enough. I’m not sure exactly what to feel or whi...
Jul 17, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hundreds gather in support of Jewish state
More than 400 community members came together in support of Israel and to hear a briefing on its Operation Protective Shield delivered by a Middle East security expert Tuesday night, filling Levins...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pride, worry surround family whose IDF daughter is in thick of things
Six thousand miles from Pittsburgh, city natives are combining opportunity and bravery while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Joining the IDF and making the country a new residence is no news ...
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Metro Briefs July 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers. Funds collected through ...
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‘Passion, great attitude’ frame Norman Childs’ success in eyewear industry
When he was just 14 years old, Norman Childs had a chance meeting that ultimately dictated the course of his life. Sitting in a hospital waiting room while his grandfather was ill, Childs struck up...
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Teens in Israel: ‘Having fun but very uncomfortable’
Maddy Rudoy, 17, arrived in Israel on July 1 with BBYO and is still there enjoying her tour, according to her mother, Holly Rudoy of Mt. Lebanon. “They’re definitely having fun,” Holly Rudoy said o...
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With ‘juices flowing,’ Goodman relishes new South Hills role with Jewish Federation
After about a year of searching for the right person for the job, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has hired Rob Goodman of Upper St. Clair to serve as the director of the new South Hill...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 10
Rodef Shalom Congregation will hold its second free garden party on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Jimmy Adler Band will play original blues. The Goldstein Entertainment Endowmen...
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Summer in the city: Much to do for fun, relaxation
After being hammered for months last winter with snow, freezing rain, sleet and Arctic temperatures, Pittsburghers are more than eager to embrace the dog days of summer. While temperatures may be c...
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Ladino-singing DeLeon makes for summertime party
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Bright melodies and danceable rhythms feel good in any language. That’s a message DeLeon thrives upon with its new album “Casata,” out June 14 on JDub Records. The CD has 11 tracks that flow with t...
Queen Elizabeth honors Pittsburgh native for service to sovereign
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
As Robin Kramer graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1972, she never thought life would one day bring her to Buckingham Palace to receive an honor directly from Queen Elizabeth II. After...
Wucher retires as rabbi of Huntington, W.Va., congregation
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
For 22 years, Rabbi David Wucher has been much more than the spiritual leader of the 100-family B’nai Sholom Congregation in Huntington, W.Va. He also has been the only rabbi within about a 50-mile...
‘Pro-Israel’ question could divide Jews
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Last month, the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council faced an agonizing dilemma. The umbrella coalition of some 40 local organizations that advocates on behalf of Israel, voted on whether to r...
Longtime mortician served Squirrel Hill
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 14, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Burton L. Hirsch, for years a man whose name was synonymous with giving Jews a proper and traditional funeral when their time came, has himself died, Monday, June 13. He was 92. For decades, the Hi...
‘Enemies: A Love Story’ puts Yiddish characters in bleak America
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s note: “Retro Reviews” is a yearlong series in which Chronicle Correspondent Hilary Daninhirsch will review Jewish-themed books that have been out of print for decades, or perhaps remain i...
Cohen retires; BBI Cuban relief office moved to D.C.
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
After 15 years as international chair of the B’nai B’rith International Cuban Jewish Relief Project, Stanley Cohen of Squirrel Hill is semi-retiring — a move that precipitates transferring the offi...
Eight over 80 raises thousands for senior citizens
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 280 people packed the Soldiers and Sailors banquet hall in Oakland, Thursday, June 2, to celebrate Eight Over 80, which honored eight members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community who, in th...
Archive project will tell stories of women rabbis
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
What started as an idea for a play — also a documentary — about women rabbis has transformed into a project to videotape interviews with these trailblazing clergy from all four streams of Judaism a...
EKC pool renovations complete in time for camp season
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Following about 10 months of construction, Emma Kaufmann Camp’s John and Leatrice Wolf Aquatics Center is ready for campers to dive in when the camp season begins June 19. Ground was first broken A...