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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...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint
by Toby Axelrod, JTA
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for t...
Young couple mark first year of serving Penn State’s Jewish students
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
When Zoe Cook-Nadel began her freshman year at Pennsylvania State University in August 2015, she knew that she wanted to find a way to make Jewish connection and education a priority. And when she ...
Remembering Shirley Bleiberg and her days at ‘Shirley’s Temple’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
Shirley (Ringelheim) Bleiberg, a woman whose firsts came second only to the laughs she engendered, passed away July 5 in Fort Myers, Fla., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She was 90. Des...
At 100, Arthur Plotkin is still going strong
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
Arthur Plotkin received a letter from the Obamas. The note, which congratulated the Squirrel Hill resident on becoming a centenarian, was signed by both the president and first lady. After Plotkin’...
Catholic priest seeks testimony of Holocaust’s bystanders
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
Sometimes the witnesses cry a lot, although they are old now, and their tears reflect memories going back seven decades. They cry because they can recall in vivid detail their young Jewish classmat...
Metro Briefs September 2
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The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invite the neighborhood to hear developers Kris Senko and Jack Benoff present proposed plans for community comment and information on...
Federation achieves $13.65 million goal, its largest yet
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced last week that it has reached its 2016 campaign goal — its most ambitious to date — raising $13.65 million. “I am very proud of our accomplishm...
Metro Briefs August 25
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HaZamir Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh’s chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, has opened for the 2016-2017 season with a new conductor, Molly May. May, who takes over the positi...
An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 25, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...