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Metro Briefs November 27
Kim Weiss , who has family in Pittsburgh, has been a book publicist, writer, author mentor and art lover for more than 20 years. As an adult, she began documenting the awe and beauty of nature from...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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State grant provides security boost to Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh
Last week’s brutal massacre in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof, as well as a recent spate of school shootings across the United States, has left the leaders of many Jewish and secular institutions ...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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AgeWell means just that, when vulnerable seniors lose some of their independence
The phone lines of AgeWell Pittsburgh become very busy this time of year, according to Maxine Horn, whose job it is to answer those calls. Adult children who come home to spend Thanksgiving with th...
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Open dialogue wins the day at CoExistence Kitchen
The concept of coexistence was put into practice last Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh when two protestors from Students for Justice in Palestine were able to come to an understanding with ...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel Heritage Classroom Committee gets an up-close look at the ‘living organ’ that is Jerusalem
Just days after the attack on a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof reiterated the city’s status as ground zero of some of the fiercest violence between Palestinians and Israelis, an...
Nov 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs November 20
The Jewish Association on Aging is launching a survey to examine the critical needs of aging adults in the community, now and into the future. According to the U.S. Census, for the first time in hi...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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For a Canadian grandmother he never knew, area man delivers with long overdue recognition
By Bee Schindler Chronicle Correspondent As the nominator for a prestigious honor in Quebec, Franklin Toker is a star grandchild. His grandmother, Berthe Herzberg Serchuk, however, is the real star...
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
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Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rachel takes center stage as Pittsburgh’s Jewish women celebrate in her honor
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
A beautiful woman meets the man she believes she is destined for, but the night before their wedding she chooses to give him up rather than humiliate her sister. Ultimately, they marry, but she is ...
Friendship Circle ties Squirrel Hill’s past with a ‘celebration of connections to come’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The transformation of the former Gullifty’s restaurant into a multimillion-dollar home for the Friendship Circle has become an archaeological dig of sorts, revealing a mini-history of Squirrel Hill...
Hour of Discovery gives Jewish public school children lessons in heritage, tradition
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Yulia and Igor Tsvetkov are not particularly religious, but it is important to them that their children, 7 and 9, learn about Jewish culture and practice. That’s why every Thursday at 2 p.m. their ...
‘Israel needs us’ is the call from Reform scholar Rabbi Yoffie
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
From a podium in Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rabbi Eric Yoffie discussed religious life in Israel. For Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, the topic is quite fam...
The plight of Israel’s struggling Arab minority comes to Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
While there is no question that there remains a disparity between the status of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis, the government of Israel, together with the help of some North American partners, ...
Metro Briefs November 13
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Tony Norman , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, will be leading the Herzog Breakfast discussion on “The Future of Newspapers in the Digital Age,” on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Aaron Court o...
Need for ‘strong community’ makes South Hills Engagement Initiative a reality
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
A $2 million initiative to increase a sense of community and foster outreach among Jews in the South Hills launched last week with the first meeting of the newly formed South Hills Community Counci...
Pittsburgh listens as GA addresses worldwide challenges facing Jews
by Melissa Apter
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
More than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The three-day event, which ran from ...
Ukraine rabbi brings the power of hope to Rodef Shalom
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When Alexander Dukhovny was growing up in Ukraine, he associated rabbis with “the color of sadness,” because the only rabbis he had seen were always dressed in black. It wasn’t until years later, w...
‘CoExistence’ — not ‘Conflict’ — will be served at these CMU, Pitt ‘Kitchens’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 12, 2014 | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Disappointed in what they say is “one-sided dialogue” condemning Israel at recent campus-sponsored events, students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are creating the...