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Metro Briefs April 16
Two hundred sixth- through 12th-grade area teens , along with 15,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects, as ...
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Metro Briefs April 9
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will host a post-Passover luncheon for its regular members and the Jewish Singles Special Needs Group on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 2 p....
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‘Passport to Israel,’ scholarships help make teen trips to Israel a reality
Organized teen travel to Israel is among the top predictors for strong Jewish engagement into adulthood, according to several recent studies, but those trips can be pricey, ranging from $5,000 to m...
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Free-spending Marlins? Sabbath-observing exec says it makes sense
MIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a...
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Book Review A triumph of decency in a French Huguenot village
Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborator...
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Diversity takes a starring role at JFilm festival
JFilm will open its 22nd annual festival on April 16 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Last Mentsch,” a whimsical film about a Holocaust survivor coming to terms with his past, and will continue...
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Want to stop Iran’s nukes? Use less oil
With the conclusion of a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear agreement, many remain profoundly unsure whether the deal will successfully prevent Tehran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon. Under ...
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Iran nuclear nightmare: Framework represents capitulation­
After more than 20 years of sanctions against Iran concerning its illicit nuclear program, President Barack Obama has not only precipitously squandered the international community’s economic levera...
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Philanthropist Art Jaffe lived life to the fullest
“He was a Renaissance Man.” That’s what Howard Rieger, former CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh said about Arthur Jaffe, who died recently in Florida at the age of 93. Much was mad...
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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Superstar honorees
Judge Lawrence and Natalie Kaplan attended the Campus Superstar program sponsored by Hillel Jewish University Center with their children on March 26. The Kaplans, now married 62 years, met at a fraternity party at the University of Pittsburgh — he was in law school and she was working on her master’s degree in education. They both tell the story that it was pretty close to being love at first sight. One of their first activities as a dating couple was to help organize Hillel events in some of the small towns outside of Pittsburgh. From left: Tom Kaplan, parents Lawrence and Natalie, Ellen Teri Kaplan Goldstein and Jon Kaplan. The Kaplan parents served as the evening’s honorees.
Photo provided by Hillel Jewish University Center
Judge Lawrence and Natalie Kaplan attended the Campus Superstar program sponsored by Hillel Jewish University Center with their children on March 26. The Kaplans, now married 62 years, met at a fraternity party at the University of Pittsburgh — he was in law school and she was working on her master’s degree in education. They both tell the story that it was pretty close to being love at first sight. One of their first activities as a dating couple was to help organize Hillel events in some of the small towns outside of Pittsburgh. From left: Tom Kaplan, parents Lawrence and Natalie, Ellen Teri Kaplan Goldstein and Jon Kaplan. The Kaplan parents served as the evening’s honorees. Photo provided by Hillel Jewish University Center
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It shouldn’t be too surprising that the CEO and president of the area’s premier leadership program has the initials A.M.O., much like the slang form of ammunition, meaning the information used to p...
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Iran oversight advances after last-minute negotiations

In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its...
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