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From Homeland to PSO, Judaism infuses star’s performances
Mandy Patinkin, the actor, has been celebrated for decades for roles ranging from the revenge-seeking swashbuckler Inigo Montoya in the iconic film “The Princess Bride,” to his Emmy-winning portray...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Cupcakes’ a sweet opening to this year’s JFilm Festival
This year’s JFilm festival will open with a good laugh instead of a dark drama. “Cupcakes,” an Israeli comedy, which garnered positive reviews from the Jerusalem Post, will be the opening night mov...
Mar 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish life thrives in this tiny Central American republic
Shabbat in Pittsburgh: Do you look out the window thinking, “Nineteen degrees, the streets are full of ice and snow, the roads are slushy and slippery, and with the wind chill it’s 8 degrees. Do I ...
Mar 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tale of Two Avrahams’ gives historical spin to mystery genre
“A Tale of Two Avrahams,” by Avraham Avi-hai, is the story (actually, stories) of two men running for their lives — 500 years apart. And by accident of fate, one Avraham becomes the custodian of th...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chuck Greenberg could be Pittsburgh’s only Jewish ballclub owner in MLB
by Jonathan Mayo
The Chosen 1s
Dec 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Chuck Greenberg has attended many Major League Baseball Winter Meetings over the years, but there’s no question that the one held last week in Indianapolis had a different feel to it. In years past...
Keeping the faith in Burma
by Sammy Samuels
For The Chronicle
Dec 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 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 | 13 13 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 | 21 21 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 | 37 37 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 | 15 15 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 | 13 13 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 | 13 13 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
Dec 10, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 | 18 18 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...