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Retro review: Famous playwright chronicled tenement life of Lower East Side
Before she was Bella Spewack, the playwright who penned the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Kiss Me, Kate,” she was Bella Cohen, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who grew up in the tenements ...
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Community gets taste of NCAA tourney in second and third rounds
It’s March Madness in Pittsburgh, and it has nothing to do with cleaning the house and preparing for Passover. The second and third rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament were held at the C...
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The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Crash Course to Unde-rstanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict will hold its next class, “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: From ...
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Passover: Your holiday Haggadah to staying healthy during Passover
Passover is the time of the year when Jews celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. But the endless monotony of eggs, potatoes and matzah for eight days may leave you feeling like a slave to yo...
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Passover: New gastronomic delights hit local shelves
Long gone are the days when a treat during Passover meant a day-old slice of pesadig sponge cake, one of those half-moon, rind-trimmed jelly candies or a sticky coconut macaroon from a can. The ann...
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David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach
WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over th...
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So much more than a name
I was named after my grandfather, Saul Young. This is his story, but it does not have a happy ending. Saul Young was born in 1895 in Lithuania, then a part of Russia. In the early 20th century, ten...
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Post-election reality sets in
The celebration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying (“On Election Day in Israel, change comes as decisive victory,” March 19) over having achieved what was until Election Day...
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Netanyahu’s victory
In last week’s election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied polls, surprised pundits and confounded expectations by pulling off a clear victory. We congratulate him as he negotiates a...
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Aliyah debate exposes French Jewry’s internal fault lines
PARIS — A burst of applause greeted Holocaust survivor Marek Halter and his close friend, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, as they entered the Synagogue de la Victoire together in January. Halter, a celebra...
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Will Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric cause further estrangement with Washington?
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s first response to news that Benjamin Netanyahu had been reelected as prime minister of Israel appeared to be avoidance. White House spokesman Josh Earnest to...
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Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l
NEW YORK — Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues. Following an e...
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Purim fun!
The children in Jewish East Suburban Preschool's 3-year-old class celebrate 
Purim dressed in their favorite costumes.  The children enjoyed making puppets, noisemakers and baking hamantashen in preparation for the holiday. (Photo provided by Jewish East Suburban Preschool)
The children in Jewish East Suburban Preschool's 3-year-old class celebrate Purim dressed in their favorite costumes. The children enjoyed making puppets, noisemakers and baking hamantashen in preparation for the holiday. (Photo provided by Jewish East Suburban Preschool)
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Right or left, surprise a common reaction to Bibi victory
Dafna Shimshi was surprised with last week’s Israeli election results, which catapulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to an expected fourth term. “I think a lot of people were surprised...
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Million-dollar endowment paints bright future for school’s new arts program
Music and art will be added to the curriculum of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh next fall as the Orthodox Jewish day school hires trained specialists to instruct students in grades kindergarten throu...
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In Jewish community, genetic screenings can be a matter of life and death
More than 25 percent of Ashkenazi Jews in Pittsburgh are carriers of a genetic mutation for at least one of 19 recessive genetic diseases prevalent among Jews of Eastern European descent. That was ...
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At CDS, all paths of Jewish living lead to diversity, comfort
Kristie Lindblom is not Jewish, but she is married to a Jewish man, and “for all intents and purposes,” she said, she is raising her children Jewish. So when it came time for Lindblom and her husba...
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