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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
Aug 17, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Squirrel Hill dentist enjoys retirement … in prison
Since retiring, Dr. Alex Sax has seen a lot of bars. No longer in private practice, Sax spends his days seated beside DUI delinquents, alimony offenders, sexual predators and even murderers. The ir...
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Third-party, write-in candidates suddenly have a presidential appeal
Faced with this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential nominees — commonly described as a loud-mouthed tycoon and reality show celebrity with a penchant for insulting women and minorities, a...
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Children’s books personalize young patients’ conditions
By day, Debra Rotenstein is a pediatric endocrinologist, but when the sun goes down, she is a children’s book author. Last month, her third book was published by Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, a helpful...
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Eighteen, a kosher wine bar and cafe, opens its doors
Eighteen is the newest chapter in Pittsburgh’s short book of kosher eateries. Located adjacent to Pinsker’s Judaica Center at 2028 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, Eighteen seeks to provide a “new dai...
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Beth El's former preschool director honored
Georgia Hernandez, chair of the Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board since 2003, will be honored by County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 23 for her 43 years of service to the cou...
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Writer tells government to get out of kids’ lives
A state-licensed day care facility’s refusal to swaddle her infant son was the last straw for Abby Schachter. It was 2013, and Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based libertarian columnist and Jewish comment...
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Farmer, rabbi and maple syrup maker, Shmuel Simenowitz melds Torah and environmentalism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s easy to spot Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz at a Jewish food conference, an environmentalist gathering or any of the other progressive-minded confabs he frequents. Just look for the ...
About the cover
by Staff
Apr 18, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Aviva Itskowitz, 8, won the Chronicle’s Passover cover contest. Aviva is in the third grade at Hillel Academy. All other submissions will be posted later this week on our website, thejewishchronicl...
Think matza baking is easy? Well, it is — kind of, sort of
by Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Apr 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Before you run to your computer to send us a letter to the editor about my matza adventure, be open-minded and have a sense of fun. Full disclosure — the matza I made in no way, shape or form is ko...
Passover can be tough for people grieving, but there is hope
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
As Passover approaches, coping with grief over the death of a loved one can be particularly acute, especially when annual traditions are continued in the friend’s or relative’s absence. “During a h...
Bestselling Muslim author to speak at Temple Sinai
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
To many young Americans, the recent anti-Muslim sentiment that has swept across America may seem freshly disturbing. But according to Reza Aslan, author of the New York Times bestseller “No God but...
Murder shocks community, but does not represent violence trend
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The murder of 90-year-old Cuddy Briskin last week sent shock waves through Squirrel Hill and the entire city, as many wondered what could drive someone to kill an elderly man. “It’s just an awful t...
Can CDS cranes bring refuah sheimah to Japan?
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
According to Japanese folklore, a person who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted one wish. For the students of Community Day School, who have been busy folding cranes for the last few weeks, t...
Josh Kornbluth finds Warhol, and Judaism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
BERKELEY, Calif. — Josh Kornbluth didn’t find his Jewish identity the typical way. It was pop artist Andy Warhol who sparked the process that brought the successful San Francisco Bay Area performer...
‘The Names of Love’ stylishly questions how well lovers know each other
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
They just don’t make romantic movies like this in America. “The Names of Love” is a French film from 2010 packed with socio-political and sexually liberated messages, subtle humor, superb acting an...
Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum dies
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Former colleagues of the late Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum, who died in Israel, Sunday, April 3, remembered him Friday for his sincerity, his outreach and how seriously he took his responsibilities as t...