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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...
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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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Archives
Israeli art legacy
by Susie Davidson
JNS
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
About 10 times per year, Menachem Safrai helps pack some 120 crates with watercolors, serigraphs, woodcuts, oils, prints, tapestry, sculpture and other art forms, as well as many large white pegboa...
Retro News
Jan 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s Note: Retro News is a new column that will appear every week this year as part of the celebration of the Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Each week, Retro News will look at a past issue of t...
Synagogue blog hacked by shady Muslim group is back online
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 13, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Richard D’Loss is curious about the so-called Muslim group from Kosovo that hacked into the blog of his tiny synagogue, Ahavath Achim in Carnegie, over the holidays. But he’s not losing sleep over ...
Jewish group hopes to help impoverished country
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 13, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
For a long time, Marian Allen, a nurse, wanted to travel to Haiti to volunteer to help those without access to basic health care. Following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010, she got se...
‘Dovekeepers’ a tale of Masada as grim death approaches
by Hilary Daninhirsch
Chronicle Correspondent
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
One hallmark of a good writer is finding a new way to tell an old story. Fans of Alice Hoffman will be surprised, and yet pleased, to discover “The Dovekeepers,” a fresh version of the story of Mas...
Giant Eagle, others, unveil matching grant for federation’s annual campaign
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In an effort to attract new contributors and bolster existing ones, the Giant Eagle Foundation and a group of private philanthropists have offered a $100,000 matching grant challenge to the Jewish ...
JFilm stages short film contest; competition goes international
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is sponsoring a competition for filmmakers who make shorts. The Robinson International Short Film Competition, as it’s called, is named for Sanford N. Robins...
The brew that’s fit for a Jew
by Matt Robinson
JNS
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Manischewitz has its role, but now and then, a Jew needs a good cold beer. Shmaltz Brewing Co., with headquarters in San Francisco and a brewery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been producing beers ...
Israeli dance troupe organizers hope to teach teens a step or two
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jan 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to the efforts of two Pittsburghers with a passion for Israeli culture, Jewish teenagers are invited to join a newly forming Israeli folk dance troupe that will represent the Jewish communit...
The Chronicle celebrates 50
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jan 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor’s Note: Retro News is a new column that will appear every week as part of the celebration of the Chronicle’s 50th anniversary. Each week, Retro News will look at a past issue of the Chronic...