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Imagination gives first-graders chance to build bridge to diversity
In a kind of “Muppets” meets writing workshop, a weeklong experimental program at Hillel Academy tested the idea that technology — and some fun — could promote inclusivity and develop writing skill...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance
LOHHEIDE, Germany — At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together on April 26 under gray skies on a ground alive...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tent of Protection’ tells stories of courage through quilting
by Lee Chottiner, Executive Editor
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
When one starts to read “Tent of Protection” by Louise Silk, it’s not altogether clear whether she’s writing a novella or a collection of short stories. As it turns out, Silk, a Pittsburgh quilt ma...
Jewish camps offer special needs programs, study finds
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish camps are offering more options to families with special needs children, a recent study has determined. That study, commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), showed that about on...





Tzohar Seminary showcases students’ talents in the performing arts
by Susan Jacobs Jablow, For the Chronicle
Jun 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the foundational tenets of Judaism is that G-d is the Creator. On a smaller scale, artists are also creators. The year-end presentation from Tzohar Seminary, titled “Creation,” showcased stu...
‘Other Desert Cities’ shines wisecracking light on assimilation
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 199 199 recommendations | email to a friend
Polly Wyeth, the WASP-ish matriarch in “Other Desert Cities,” opening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Thursday, May 30, does not approve of her sister Silda’s fake Pucci blouse — a real bargain f...
First woman Hebrew novelist Sara Foner bucked the times
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
Sarah Feiga Foner is not exactly a household name, but the late 19th-century novelist, who lived in Pittsburgh for the last 28 years of her life, holds an important distinction: she was the first w...
Kollel to showcase musicians at May 20 benefit concert
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
Kollel Jewish Learning Center will feature two well-known local musicians in a benefit concert it is hosting, the “Night of Music,” Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Squi...
Susie Fishbein makes cooking demo in Fox Chapel home
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
Since too many cooks may very well spoil the broth, the 60 women who gathered at Cindy Gerber’s palatial Fox Chapel home on May 1 were content to watch Susie Fishbein do all the cooking herself. An...
Single Files: Cheryl loves to have a good time, but don’t get the wrong idea
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
May 08, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is how I would like to start this column: “For a good time, call Cheryl.” But I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression. Let’s try this: “Cheryl is an absolute pleasure to be around. And sh...
Rodef Shalom, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha capture Synagogue League titles
by Jesse Irwin, Chronicle Correspondent
May 02, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
In what were six spectacular displays of basketball, the Synagogue Basketball Leagues of the Jewish Community Center crowned their champions and concluded the 2013 season. Rodef Shalom took the Hig...
Pittsburgh writer living in Crown Heights discovers community
by Toby Tabachnick, Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend
Writer Rebecca Dana clearly holds a special place for Pittsburgh in her heart, albeit colored by a good dose of Jewish guilt. “It’s so fun to see the 412 area code!” the 30-year-old now-Manhattanit...