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Star power helps Joshua Malina step into spotlight as proud Jew
Actor Joshua Malina’s address to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division (YAD) this Saturday night, “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch,” is based on “two ve...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 29
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at t...
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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
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Law professor, morticians weighing in on Wasserman lawsuit
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The success or failure of Rabbi Daniel Wasserman’s lawsuit against the state to freely perform religious funerals without a funeral director present could hinge on a rarely invoked state law, a Duq...
BBYO teens from Pittsburgh made community service trip to Bulgaria
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Five area teens from the Keystone Mountain Region of BBYO recently returned from a trip to Bulgaria, where they learned about Jewish life in the former communist country, and performed a variety of...
Hadassah eyes its future on eve of organization’s centennial
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
As Hadassah members nationwide prepare for the women’s Zionist organization’s Centennial Convention in Jerusalem in mid-October, Hadassah of Greater Pittsburgh is in the midst of preparing for its ...
Hazon Cross-USA Ride combines Judaism, environment and cycling
by Ilana Yergin, For the Chronicle
Aug 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Bicyclists participating in the Hazon Cross-USA Ride arrived in Pittsburgh late afternoon Wednesday, Aug. 8, and rested in the evening in preparation for a busy day on Thursday, exploring Pittsburg...
Conference to explore changing environment for congregations
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Four national Jewish organizations will sponsor a conference in Pittsburgh to provide support for small synagogues struggling to survive in a changing communal environment. The conference, called “...
Metro Briefs August 16
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Steven Cohen , a leading sociologist whose current research focuses on the emerging patterns of Jewish identity and community among Jews in their 20s and 30s, will be the next speaker in the “Conve...
Hillel JUC has strategies to engage more students in Jewish life on campus
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Incoming Jewish freshmen have not yet unpacked their bags or begun to get settled into their University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University dorms, but the folks at Hillel Jewish University...
Moishe House coming to Pittsburgh; $6M investment clears way for project
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Moishe House, an international organization providing Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s by creating home-based communities, is coming to Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s already here. Four 2...
Holocaust, August Wilson centers to partner on ‘Nazi Olympics’ exhibition
Aug 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture have announced a partnership to present “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936...
Metro Briefs August 9
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Rabbi Walter Jacob , rabbi emeritus of Rodef Shalom Congregation, is out with a new book — his 40th. At 59 pages, it’s hardly Jacob’s longest book, but it may be his most personal. “Benno Jacob: Sc...