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Metro Briefs June 30
Temple Sinai invites the community to learn the Hebrew alphabet, vowels and basic vocabulary of Jewish life at a new beginning Hebrew course taught by Rabbi Keren Gorban. Classes will take place at...
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Plane crash claims accomplished corneal surgeon Dr. Robert Arffa, ‘loved by everybody’
Dr. Robert Arffa, a corneal surgeon specializing in laser vision correction and a longtime Jewish resident of Mt. Lebanon, died in a plane crash on Thursday, June 16. Arffa, 62, was flying from Pit...
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Metro Briefs June 23
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), the Friendship Circle and Chab...
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Iran, the Holocaust, ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ — and me
“Septembers of Shiraz” is a film about a prosperous Jewish family in Iran caught up in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah. It’s based on Dalia Sofer’s well-received 2007 n...
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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...
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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...
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We must become survivors’ storytellers — and help them today
It could have been the setting for any organizational retreat — the stately mansion, the manicured lawns, an oasis on the edge of the city where leadership groups could come together to brainstorm ...
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An ardent plea: Reconsider closing Philadelphia’s Israeli Consulate
Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: I wish to express my concerns about Israel’s recent decision to close the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia (Mid-Atlantic Region) office.  I have had the goo...
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Vote for McGinty a rubber stamp of Obama foreign policy
In March 2016, only two months after President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal went into effect, Iran fired two long-range ballistic missiles capable of transporting nuclear weapons. One of the missile...
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Globe Briefs June 23
From JTA reports Rhode Island approves anti-boycott legislation Rhode Island’s General Assembly approved legislation that would prohibit the state from contracting with companies that engage in boy...
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It’s Yelp for sheitels — the first-ever wig review site
NEW YORK — First there was “Tinder for bras.” Now there’s a Yelp for sheitels, the wigs worn by many married Orthodox Jewish women. ShayTell may be the first-ever online customer review site for wi...
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At Israeli confab, searching for ‘silver-bullet solutions’ to Europe’s migrant crisis
The influx of migrants and refugees into Europe has presented that continent’s leaders and policymakers with some of their greatest current challenges. Those challenges “defy silver-bullet solution...
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Pursuer of Peace


On June 5, Rodef Shalom Congregation bestowed its Pursuer of Peace Award on Rabbi Walter Jacob. Rodef Shalom, which is Hebrew for Pursuer of Peace, acknowledged Jacob’s seven-decade long commitment to scholarship and generosity of spirit in local, national and international concerns.
Proceeds from this event will continue to support the high ideals of Rodef Shalom Congregation, as well as support the work of Mainstay Life Services, which is of great personal significance to Jacob.  Rabbi Walter Jacob and Bishop David Zubik (Pursuer of Peace honoree 2010)<br>Photos by Christina Montemurro Photography</i>
On June 5, Rodef Shalom Congregation bestowed its Pursuer of Peace Award on Rabbi Walter Jacob. Rodef Shalom, which is Hebrew for Pursuer of Peace, acknowledged Jacob’s seven-decade long commitment to scholarship and generosity of spirit in local, national and international concerns. Proceeds from this event will continue to support the high ideals of Rodef Shalom Congregation, as well as support the work of Mainstay Life Services, which is of great personal significance to Jacob. Rabbi Walter Jacob and Bishop David Zubik (Pursuer of Peace honoree 2010)
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