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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keeping the faith in Burma
by Sammy Samuels
For The Chronicle
Dec 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish life in Burma today is quite different from what it was during colonial times, which lasted until World War II. Before the war, it still was the case that “the sun never set” on the British ...
It’s no cliché, they’re in greater danger than ever
Dec 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: What is the current status of whales? How effective is the International Whaling Commission and which countries are involved in illegal whaling? — Jonathan Wingate, Yulee, Fla. Some...
Have Pittsburgh donors failed Hillel JUC?
by Eric Lidji
For the Chronicle
Dec 16, 2009 | 1 1 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
To hear Aaron Weil tell it, offering free dinners for Jewish college students around Pittsburgh on Friday night is a keystone holding together Jewish life in the city. Weil, executive director of t...
Day schools adopt vaccination rules stricter than state's
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 16, 2009 | 8 8 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
At the urging of 28 area physicians, Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have all enacted vaccination policies stricter than those mandated by the state. Community Day School, Hillel Academy and ...
Federal grant enables SHHC to start dental clinic
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
A new dental clinic slated for Squirrel Hill will serve patients that have trouble finding proper dental care, officials close to the project said. Last week, the Squirrel Hill Health Center became...
Pittsburgher assists Cuban Jews to modernize island’s only kosher butcher shop
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
Stanley Cohen was very blunt about conditions at the only kosher butcher shop in Havana, Cuba. He said the furniture was busted, the workspace was filthy and the meat was spoiling. “It lost about 6...
NCJW puts up $10K to support Pittsburgh Promise scholarships
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 16, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pittsburgh Section of the National Council of Jewish Women has become the first non-foundation, non-profit community group to contribute to the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund. NCJW announc...
For St. Louis passengers, 70th reunion could be their last
by Eric Fingerhut
JTA
Dec 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Seventy years after the SS St. Louis was turned away from the United States, the surviving passengers of the ill-fated voyage may be reuniting for the last time near where their chanc...
Israel’s justice minister reportedly wants judicial system based on Torah laws
by JTA
Dec 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s justice minister reportedly called for basing the country’s judicial system on Torah laws. “Step by step, we will bestow upon the citizens of Israel the laws of the Torah, and we will turn...
Obama rebuked the Turkish prime minister for belligerent anti-Israel rhetoric
by JTA
Dec 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama rebuked the Turkish prime minister for belligerent anti-Israel rhetoric, saying it was harming Turkey’s profile. “In the president’s meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan yesterday, t...