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Great promise but not-so-bright future is Israel’s fate in this thoughtful examination
Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Ask a stupid question. Of course Israel is good for the Jew...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nazi spy? Not hardly: The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a r...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...
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Israeli sisters unite with their American families in Pittsburgh
by Derek Kwait
Staff Writer
Sep 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Katya and Helena don’t have relatives in Pittsburgh. But they have family. For the past three years, the sisters, who live in the Israeli city of Karmiel, have corresponded with two families in the...
Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad bring shtik back to the ’Burgh
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Aug 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Native Pittsburgher Susannah Perlman is not shy about taking credit when credit is due. Last year, her group, the Obama Girls of Comedy, played five swing states, including a local stop in Castle S...
Did Sweden fumble controversy, or did Israel overreact?
by Gil Shefler
JTA
Aug 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — A Swedish newspaper is pushing forward with its far-fetched claims that the Israeli army harvested body organs from Palestinians. But for many Israel watchers the debate has shifted to w...
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's 23rd birthday to be marked with events in U.S.
by JTA
Aug 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Events marking the 23rd birthday of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be held around the United States on Friday. The Jewish Agency for Israel is organizing about a dozen ceremonies to hon...
Florida governor placed prayer notes in Western Wall to prevent hurricanes
by JTA
Aug 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The governor of Florida said he placed prayer notes in the Western Wall asking God to prevent hurricanes from hitting his state. In a talk to a group of real estate agents last Friday, Gov. Charlie...
Lifecare, Concordia both submit bids for the Covenant
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Aug 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Two separate entities have submitted formal bids to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the purchase of the Covenant at South Hills, meeting the Court’s Aug. 24 deadline for all such bids. Lifecare of th...
An Israeli tale of love and war
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Aug 27, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Wars start and stop, but they don’t end. The impact of a war continues long after the fighting is over, and extends even to places where the fighting never took place. “Strangers” is about the reac...
Tarantino crafts a powerful, but uneasy, tale of Jewish vengeance
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Aug 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Everyone gets called a Nazi sooner or later. Obama is a Nazi. Bush was a Nazi. Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi, too. Also health care, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the war in Iraq, Israelis and Aftonbladet....
Rabbi Yisroel Meir Altein was an educator and spiritual mentor
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Aug 24, 2009 | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Yisroel Meir Altein, an educator, administrator and spiritual mentor in the local Lubavitch community for more than 60 years, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22. He was 86. Altein came to Pitts...
Construction begins on new Downtown synagogue
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Aug 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Construction of the new Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob synagogue in Downtown Pittsburgh is under way. Work began in June at the old Central Blood Bank building at 812 Fifth Ave. The congregation...