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Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
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Shavuot is the season of blintzes
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
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‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
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Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...
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Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?

Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...
May 18, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Golden Harvest’ a disturbing account of Polish complicity in Shoa
by Neal Gendler
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Poles living near death camps such as Treblinka found both pleasure and profit in the killing of Jews, a people living in Poland 800 years. A postwar photo in which peasants and militia appear to b...
Erica Lane-Tamuza had rich career in international law
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Erica Lane-Tamuza led an adventurous life, said her father, Nicholas Lane. It’s no wonder why. She traveled the world, studied several languages, played a mean game of field hockey, and once decide...
Metro Briefs June 21
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Cantor Ben Rosner of Congregation Beth Shalom and Joel Lindsay will co-host an evening of live entertainment, called Shul of Rock, Sunday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Dunkin’ Don...
Frankel introduces ‘terror-free’ measure in state House
by Andrew Goldstein
Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
State Rep. Dan Frankel has introduced a new bill to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that calls for limiting procurement from Iran. House Bill 2427, also known as Terror-Free Procurement, ...
PCUSA to take controversial divestment vote at Pittsburgh G.A.
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
The Presbyterian Church USA will be voting on resolutions calling for divestment from companies doing business in Israel, as well as calling for international acknowledgement of Israeli “apartheid”...




Mission commences
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
For weeks, scores of Jewish Pittsburghers had been emailing and Skyping with friends in Israel they had not yet met face to face. All that will change this week, though, as the Jewish Federation of...
Greetings from Tel Aviv
by Abby Gordon
Jun 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
(Editor's note: Abby Gordon is with the Centennial Mega Mission celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She will blog for the Chronicle during the trip ...
Donors in place
by Andrew Goldstein
Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
When Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt went to the April 19 groundbreaking ceremony for Community Day School’s (CDS) Holocaust memorial sculpture, it brought back memories of working on the project with thei...
24th KMR BBYO board elected at convention
Jun 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Keystone-Mountain Region of BBYO held its regional convention from May 18 to 20 at La Roche College in the North Hills. The convention marks the official end of the 2011-2012 KM BBYO programming ye...
Tzohar Seminary students stretched creative muscles in school’s first year
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
Miriam Herst always knew she had a creative bent, but for years she did not have a chance to explore it. She was raised in a Chicago suburb and spent her childhood reading and writing, but because ...