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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...
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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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Human Rights Watch founder rebuked
by JTA
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
The founder of Human Rights Watch rebuked the organization for being overly critical of Israel. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in The New York Times, Robert Bernstein wrote that Human Rights...
JCC exhibits representative work of a forgotten Pittsburgh artist
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
“Do not separate yourself from the community,” the great sage Hillel warned. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, chief Ashkenazi rabbi of pre-state Israel, explained why: individuals are dynamic. The search ...
Coolooloosh is coming here — cool!
by Staff and Releases
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Coolooloosh, a diverse-five man bad from Israel and Baltimore, will make its Pittsburgh debut Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hillel Jewish University Center. “Coolooloosh” is a Jerusalemite word for cel...
Neshama’s voice competes with choir — and loses — on new CD
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
When Neshama Carlebach sings, it’s as effortless and beautiful as silk blowing in the wind. So it’s sad to report that her latest CD, “Higher and Higher,” recorded with The Green Pastures Baptist C...
J’Burgh contending for Jewish nonprofit award; Hillel JUC leads campus groups
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
J’Burgh is doing something right. The arm of Hillel Jewish University Center that reaches out to Pittsburgh’s 2,500 Jewish graduate students and young professionals is a top contender for a GreatNo...
Herring: Synagogues must change to survive; here’s how
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Hayim Herring will bring a straightforward message to the synagogue leaders of Jewish Pittsburgh this weekend: adapt or die. He’ll say it more gently than that, but the message will be just t...
From sports to Churchill, Alvin Rosensweet covered it all
by By Angela Leibowicz
Community Editor
Oct 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Alvin Rosensweet, whose long career in journalism spanned decades and included coverage of everyone from sports figures to Winston Churchill, died Tuesday, Oct. 20. He was 99. Born in Dayton, Ohio,...
Costa sites prison reform as possible cost-cutting measure for state
by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor
Oct 21, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Reforming the Pennsylvania prison system may be one way to alleviate state spending, Sen. Jay Costa told a regional conference of Jewish prisons chaplains Sunday, Oct. 18. “There are a couple of de...
Jury selection in Iowa kosher slaughterhouse trial begins
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday in the trial of the former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse. Sholom Rubashkin is facing a range of charges related to his stewardship of the Agriproc...
Documentary shows trials, triumphs of Soviet Jews who dared to leave
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Oct 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Marching down Pennsylvania Avenue on a cold December day in 1987, at the now-famous Washington rally for Soviet Jewry, I held up a sign calling on the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to free Yev...