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Federation hires its first director of Jewish Community Security
Tragically, it seems that almost weekly there are reports of random shootings and attacks across the United States. In 2014, a shooting at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City left three de...
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JAA to open new memory care facility
Before donning hardhats and hoisting shovels — requisite tools for a groundbreaking photo — representatives of the Jewish Association on Aging explained the groundbreaking nature of their new insti...
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Task force examining future needs of Jewish Pittsburgh’s cemeteries
While the majority of the estimated 135 Jewish cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania continue to be well maintained, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has convened a task force to ensure tha...
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Local community sends relief following Israeli fires
From afar, members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community worked with Israeli firefighters to counter flames that ravaged towns throughout Israel late last month. Thanks to an emergency campaign admini...
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Curtain closes on Pittsburgh’s queen of comedy
As the curtain closed on 96-year-old Esther Lapiduss’ final act, Pittsburgh’s “queen of comedy” delivered a final punchline. While in and out of consciousness on her southern Californian deathbed, ...
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Metro Briefs December 9
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) announced that it has hired Laura Cherner for a newly created position of assistant director. Cherner previously work...
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Brandeis researchers here to gather information for new community study
The team of three Brandeis University researchers that will be conducting a new Pittsburgh Jewish community study were in town last week to gather information and get buy-in from stakeholders. Abou...
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Women build bridges across faiths through storytelling
One woman shared a Cuban family recipe for fish baked in a banana leaf, while another told of her struggles with her parents in her journey to become a Muslim. Another revealed her feelings of bein...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
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Israel trip brings local rabbis closer
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
For five days last month Israel increased its rabbinical supply. Six spiritual leaders from Western Pennsylvania joined three others from elsewhere in America and ventured east to participate in Ra...
Metro Briefs December 2
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh issued a letter to the community with a reminder that it represents, without exception, a diverse community and acts in a nonpartisan manner and that dis...



Tzohar grad’s photography in focus on Vanityfair.com
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Arianna Sharfman has enjoyed “playing with cameras” since she was in high school. But it wasn’t until the Orthodox native Californian attended Pittsburgh’s Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Art...
Pittsburgh-inspired center in Akko ‘off and running big time’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill Strickland recently returned from Akko, Israel, having witnessed “a modern miracle.” Strickland is the founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the local nonprofit that proves th...
JFilm gets new name, expanded focus
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Though lacking the fanfare of a major motion picture release, a recent announcement in the Pittsburgh cinematic community has shined a light on an organization until now thought of as primarily a J...
Anti-Semitism abroad not yet at 1930s level, but ‘bleak’ nonetheless
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism. The meeting was arranged by the American Jew...
Metro Briefs November 25
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Families of the Community Day School Class of 2017 invite the community for Israel Alive! Bid, schmooze and sip wine on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 6424 Forward Ave. All funds raised duri...
Pittsburgher’s letter to ‘oracle of Omaha’ results in a $60 million sale of Israel Bonds
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes a good dose of chutzpah can pay off in a big way. Just ask Harold Marcus, the man charged with heading the sale of Israel Bonds in Pennsylvania. The State of Israel has just scored $60 mi...
Memories of Koopa Troopa and Italian plumbers are alive again
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
After blowing off the metaphorical dust and jostling a few memories, the world of Mario, Zelda and a princess-stealing ape is alive again. Thirty years after the release of the Nintendo Entertainme...
Getting Arab Israeli women into high-tech is a win-win
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
There are many reasons to increase career opportunities for Israel’s female Arab citizens in its burgeoning high-tech workforce. Growing Arab women’s stake in the start-up nation will not only help...