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Pittsburgh’s Chabad House on Campus celebrates 28 years of building local relationships
Twenty-eight years after its inception, Chabad House on Campus Pittsburgh welcomed colleagues and friends last week for an evening of celebration. “Tonight is not a showcase of what Chabad House on...
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Despite challenges, converts feel embraced by community
Susan Sofayov, who was not born Jewish, nonetheless always had a “fascination” with Judaism, particularly Jews living in Israel and the idea of Jewish peoplehood. “The more I learned about the reli...
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Shofar blowers blast humorous, telling tales
In the coming days Pittsburgh’s shofar blowers will gather across pews and pulpits, and while some may be plagued by irritated lips, the time for those blessed with hot air is now.   “It’s a joy, t...
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Apples & Honey Festival

Shalom Pittsburgh, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, held its sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. Phot...
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It’s not your bubbie’s brisket
With the approach of the holiday season, the thoughts of Jews around the world turn to the longstanding traditions of their ancestors: repentance, teshuvah and, of course, food. But while the carni...
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He’s just an actor, but Richard Schiff seeks ‘West Wing’ purity
Richard Schiff is well remembered for the role he memorialized on “The West Wing,” White House communications director Toby Ziegler, whose integrity and passion for justice helped television’s Pres...
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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Pennsylvania legislators consider punishing businesses with ties to Iranian energy
by Joshua Runyan
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Quick maneuvering in Harrisburg Tuesday may have advanced the state’s own contribution to the international effort to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Senate Sta...
Course tackles family law as seen through the eyes of Jewish, civil jurisprudence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The changing definitions of family, in both civil and Jewish law, were explored at a Continuing Legal Education class presented by the Agency for Jewish  Learning (AJL) on Friday, May 2 at Adat Sha...
Unconventional mayor pulls back curtain on town’s cautious turnaround
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
John Fetterman doesn’t look much like a mayor. He prefers shorts and sneakers to suits and wingtips. His head is shaved, and his goatee is scraggly. His arms are tattooed.  But, just like for the t...
Palestinian, Israeli duo bring stories of loss, visions of future to Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For two days Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin canvassed Pittsburgh. Divided by heritage but united in mission, the Israeli woman and Palestinian man visited Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for...
P’burgh returnee shares market vision
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The parking lot behind the former Gullifty’s Restaurant, between Beacon and Bartlett streets in Squirrel Hill, will be put to good use this summer when it becomes the site of the community’s first ...
Pittsburgh potter wants to mold Israeli minds
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill Strickland is still a prolific potter. Take a peek inside the ceramics studio at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) — the nationally recognized after-school arts education center that Strickla...
Metro Briefs May 1
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The annual event commemorating  Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for Israel’s  fallen soldiers and victims of terror,  will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 8  p.m. at the Jewish Community Center,  5738 Forb...
Local boy to become a man in Uganda
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A young man’s coming of age has  precedent in Judaism. Dating to Talmudic  times, focus has been placed upon  the ascent to manhood, and as centuries  progressed, practices and traditions surroundi...
CDS teacher’s controversial politics prove no barrier to education honor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
David Harris-Gershon, a Community Day School teacher who has been the subject of a national controversy because of his views on Israel, has been selected as the local winner of the Grinspoon Award ...
Community to score Pittsburgh Jewish life
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
An Internet survey intended to cull  demographic and attitudinal information  from the entire Pittsburgh-area  Jewish community will be disseminated  beginning this week via email.  The survey is p...