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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two new books deliver food for thought
As the weather warms and barbecue becomes the fare, two new books offer ample food for thought. “Parenting in Perspective” by Barry Kislowicz and “The Psychology of Tzimtzum” by Mordechai Rotenberg...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Touring the world is a balancing act
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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On Israel, a clear choice for McGinty for Senate
Of the many reasons why I’m supporting Katie McGinty in the race to become Pennsylvania’s senator, her unwavering support of Israel is particularly important to me. McGinty is someone who understan...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Men must continue to step up to stop violence against women
For the third year in a row, we are joining with dozens of other regional leaders in signing the Father’s Day Pledge #FathersDayPledge#PAsaysNoMore . This vow to break the generational cycle of vio...
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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Top honors
The NCSY Pittsburgh Chapter was recognized and received several honors at the recent Central East NCSY Spring Regional Convention and Awards Banquet. The Pittsburgh Chapter was selected as the Chapter of the Year, recognizing the growth, innovation and continuity of the local program. The banquet was dedicated in honor of 14 Pittsburgh NCSYers who will be in Israel this coming year; three out of seven people selected as NCSYers of the Year were from Pittsburgh — Josh Hertzberg, Yael Itskowitz and Ben Ungar; and Rabbi Ari and Rachel Goldberg were honored in appreciation for their 10 years of service to Pittsburgh NCSY.
<br>Rabbi Ari and Rachel Goldberg
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The NCSY Pittsburgh Chapter was recognized and received several honors at the recent Central East NCSY Spring Regional Convention and Awards Banquet. The Pittsburgh Chapter was selected as the Chapter of the Year, recognizing the growth, innovation and continuity of the local program. The banquet was dedicated in honor of 14 Pittsburgh NCSYers who will be in Israel this coming year; three out of seven people selected as NCSYers of the Year were from Pittsburgh — Josh Hertzberg, Yael Itskowitz and Ben Ungar; and Rabbi Ari and Rachel Goldberg were honored in appreciation for their 10 years of service to Pittsburgh NCSY.
Rabbi Ari and Rachel Goldberg
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Court appointee Butler puts community first
Gov. Tom Wolf has nominated Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill to serve as magisterial district judge for the Allegheny County magisterial district court, covering cases in Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, Sh...
Jun 23, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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The art of soliciting: For these Federation veterans, it’s masterful

Milton Eisner and Mina Kavaler have something of a friendly rivalry going. Both have been longtime solicitors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — Eisner for 70 years, Kavaler for 72. ...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bavarian rector outlines the challenges of German Jewish growth
Walter Homolka, a Bavarian rector whose professional existence has undergone myriad rebirths, was in Pittsburgh recently to discuss the recent resurgence of Jewish life in Germany. “The central que...
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize

Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
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