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More and more, Modern Orthodox women are becoming synagogue ‘partners’
It is erev Shabbat at Shira Hadasha, an “Orthodox, feminist congregation” in Jerusalem. A traditional mechitza divides the males from the females, who are there in equal numbers. Married women have...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Looking at ‘Noah’ through lens of Jewish tradition
Epic films based on the Hebrew Bible have never quite gone away, but this once-popular genre has become very sporadic. Aside from “Prince of Egypt” in 1998 and “One Night with the King” in 2006, it...
Apr 11, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rodef Shalom to welcome refugees at its community Seder
This Passover, Rodef Shalom Congregation will invite guests to its community Seder who have much to share on the subject of freedom: They are refugees from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and the E...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something to Sing About
Nine talented teens from Pittsburgh’s Jewish community were among a group from across the United States and Israel that participated in the 21st annual Gala Concert of HaZamir: The International Je...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Re-envisioned Frick Aims for Crowds
Members of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy joined Councilman Corey O’Connor at the Children’s Institute to publicly address progress on the Frick Environmental Ce...
Apr 10, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Chronicle Transforms its Operations
Changes are ahead at The Jewish Chronicle. The newspaper entered into a strategic partnership with the Maryland-based WJW Media Group that will see it outsource such back-office functions as accoun...
Apr 09, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bulletproof ballads
Chatham University’s campus was rocked on Saturday night by the Bulletproof Stockings, a name that playfully pokes fun at the thick opaque tights worn by Orthodox Jewish women and whose members are...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kol Shira crosses ‘unspoken religious boundaries’ with song, respect
One is a physical therapist. One is a website editor. Many are mothers. All of them are Jewish singers. Chantal Belman, Lynn Berman, Leah Herman, Beth Jacobs, Jeanne McHale, Gilah Moritz, Jessica W...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Professor, rabbis disagree over legality of rabbinic hiring rules
Anyone serving on a rabbinic search committee for a Reform or Conservative congregation quickly learns one thing: there are rules. And those rules control, at least to some degree, which rabbis are...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Let Cuban be Cuban, and look at all the fun we have
by Jonathan Mayo
Jun 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Can a gazillionaire really be considered a David to someone else’s Goliath? In this case, yes. It might be difficult to think of Pittsburgh’s own Mark Cuban in the role of the underdog, but that’s ...
Ladino-singing DeLeon makes for summertime party
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Jun 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 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 | 14 14 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 | 11 11 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 | 15 15 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 | 20 20 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 | 22 22 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 | 14 14 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 | 11 11 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 | 11 11 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...