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Longtime Leader Leaving Pittsburgh Kollel
After 16 years at the helm of the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, Rabbi Aaron Kagan has announced his resignation. Effective this summer, Kagan will leave the institution his late father, Rabbi Shau...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs April 17
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites Pittsburghers to celebrate Israel Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, on Tuesday, May 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Fest, or iFest, at th...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restroom petition is valuable lesson for Hillel Academy second-graders
When students from Hillel Academy’s second grade wanted a restroom installed at one of their favorite parks, they traveled downtown. “It started with a story in their reader, and then we came acros...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christianity as Judaism? For Jewish Federation’s Roman, it’s ‘spiritual deception’
Flyers distributed around Squirrel Hill advertising “Passover Worship” led by “Messianic rabbis” are the latest effort by a Christian evangelical organization to proselytize to Pittsburgh’s Jewish ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diller Teens come to town, use unique experience to bond
Shahak Avshalom admitted that he did not know that much about Pittsburgh. “I knew about the steel industry and the sports teams,” said the teenager. But the Israeli native learned a lot more about ...
Apr 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 5 5 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 | 23 23 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 | 15 15 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 | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Survivor's grandson buys Mengele diary
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The grandson of a Holocaust survivor reportedly bought the diary of the notorious Josef Mengele. The 180-page journal was sold for an undisclosed sum Tuesday "to an East Coast Jewish philanthropist...
Jewish Agency blames Russian gov't for cancellation
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The Jewish Agency for Israel has canceled plans to hold its upcoming board meetings in St. Petersburg over concerns that the Russian government would not allow the gathering to take pla...
Israel’s reply to Goldstone suggests a more civil approach
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Goldstone wars continue, but beneath the shouting a diplomatic track has emerged. The Israeli government last week published a reply to the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report on th...
Berlusconi feels pain of Shoah victims, Gaza Palestinians
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his empathy for Israel and the Palestinians during the final day of a three-day visit to Israel. "Today, the safeguarding of Israel's ...
Jewish-themed and Israeli films are in running for Academy Awards
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish-themed films and an Israeli film are in the running for Academy Awards. “Inglourious Basterds,” a Jewish revenge fantasy in which a squad of Jewish GIs wipes out the Nazi leadership, w...
Israel hits Gaza tunnels in response to barrel bombs
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel destroyed two Gaza smuggling tunnels in response to Hamas' attempt to attack Israeli targets in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel's Air Force on Tuesday night struck the tunnels use...
Jewish biathlete bringing passion for success to Vancouver
by Ben Harris
JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — When the call from Germany arrived at the Spector family home in Lenox, Mass., last month, the voice on the other end betrayed little of the excitement one would expect from a newly mint...
Wasted food has massive impact on collective carbon footprint
by Editors
E/The Environmental Magazine
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of all the food we throw away here in the United States? — Mike Schiller, Cambridge, Mass. Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially ...
Twerski’s book bridges gap between two audiences
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Anyone familiar with the many books of Rabbi Abraham Twerski, M.D., knows he generally writes for two different audiences. Some of his books, which are for a general audience, deal with substance a...
Toomey sets staunch conservative agenda in Chronicle meeting
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Pat Toomey minced no words about health care reform in 2010. “Anything close to what passed in the House and the Senate is dead,” he said. His response was not unexpected. Toomey, a Republican cand...