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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
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NCJW appoints new executive director
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section has appointed Mindy Schwartz-Hedges as its new executive director. “We are at a pivotal time in the history of women,” Schwartz-Hedges said in a...
Metro Briefs
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Shefa Gold, a Jewish Renewal Leader , author and recording artist, will conduct a weekend of chanting workshops and services in Pittsburgh from March 29 to April 1. “Liberation & Love,” as the week...
Pittsburgh Jewish community represented at funeral for victims of Toulouse shooting
Mar 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Jeffrey H. Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, represented the Pittsburgh community at the funeral in Israel for the victims of the Toulouse shooting, acc...
Schwartz hopes to find more women to run for Congress
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
When it comes to getting women into politics, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz believes Pennsylvania has a long way to go. It is one of 24 states never to have a woman as governor. It currently has no wo...
JCC to hold 18th Annual Larry Sadja 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Mar 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its 18th annual Larry Sadja 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for all ages Sunday, March 25. Adults will play from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; youth from...
Hundreds have a share in newest Kollel Torah
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 18, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Aaron Kagan said the newest Torah to soon serve the Kollel Jewish Learning Center was commissioned much the same way a synagogue is — one piece at a time. Rather than ask one well-to do-famil...
Judaism without God?
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Mar 15, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Miriam Jerris does not believe in God. So when she kindles the candles on Shabbat, she does not say the traditional blessing. Instead, she recites words evoking the symbolism of light, words ...
Metro Briefs March 15
Mar 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Temple Sinai will host its annual Open Doors Celebration of its core values, Saturday, March 17. At that time, Louise and Michael Malakoff will be presented with the 2012 Open Doors Award for their...
JFilm opener has twists enough to hold interest
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Mar 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Things aren’t always as they seem in “Prima Primavera,” the opening night movie of the 2012 JFilm Festival. The artful, sometimes comedic, film opens in a Jewish cemetery in Hungary. We meet Gabor,...
American synagogue faces revolution
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Many Jews disagree on what congregations will look like in the future. But they have one widely held belief: American Jewry is on the verge of another revolution. “If you look at the history of Ame...