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Star power helps Joshua Malina step into spotlight as proud Jew
Actor Joshua Malina’s address to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division (YAD) this Saturday night, “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch,” is based on “two ve...
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs January 29
The Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Westmoreland County Community College will present the 40th annual Westmoreland County Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at t...
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Whether in business or as an author, Roth’s just-do-it attitude has fairy-tale ending
Ellen Roth did not train to be a businesswoman or a novelist or a screenwriter. Yet, this longtime Pittsburgher seems to don adeptly any type of hat she chooses. Roth originally hails from Clevelan...
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Local series spotlights freedom of speech and its responsibility
First Amendment rights are what Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, says are the blue collar amendments. “You ...
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Metro Briefs January 22
Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg camp...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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7th-grader’s act of kindness for a friend gains worldwide audience
Like most children celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, Jesse Kaufman of Monroeville undertook a mitzvah project: After his bar mitzvah last August at the Chabad Jewish Center, he donated every cent o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Eyewitness to history: The letters of Tmima Bar Ilan
Some people read about history, other people live it. Tmima Bar Ilan, nonagenarian mother of popular local Hebrew teacher Naama Lazar, was one of the latter. She experienced some of the most tumult...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gospel singers come to New Light for ‘awesome’ MLK celebration
On one side of New Light Congregation’s pulpit sits an American flag, on the other an Israeli one. For one night, flanked between those flags, stood gospel-singing church members. “I am really exci...
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Pittsburgher joins national cohort to Israel
Dan Friedman entered the movie theater. Before the film began, he received an instruction:  “If the siren blares, you have 15 seconds to enter the bomb shelter.” The film started. The siren never s...
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Metro Briefs October 16
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Riverview Towers will hold Quick-Step at the View, an evening with the pros from Arthur Murray Dance Studios that will include a dessert bar and Chinese auction on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at 52 G...
Azerbaijan’s energy drives a connection between Jews and Muslims
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
A long slinky line on a map that travels from Azerbaijan through Georgia and into Turkey is often referred to as the peace pipeline, as its oil frequently ends up in Israel. The Baku-Tbilsi-Ceyhan ...
Harvard hosts Open Hillel’s first-ever conference
by Julian Sadur and Toby Tabachnick
Oct 19, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Open Hillel, which surged into national headlines last year as student opposition to Hillel International’s guidelines on Israel, held its inaugural national conference last weekend at Harvard Univ...
Message of coexistence: ‘Jerusalem’ focuses squarely on city’s common thread
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater was filled to its 300-person capacity Monday night for a screening of the film “Jerusalem,” which was followed by a panel of interfaith leaders ...
ReelAbilities uses the power of film to showcase a more inclusive world for those with disabilities
by Bee Schindler, Chronicle Correspondent
Oct 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty percent of the U.S. population has a disability, and this year’s ReelAbilities Film Festival promises to bring those experiences to the big screen in a universal way. “More than 54 million A...
Intensive Fire Academy course leads local moms to new level of respect for firefighters
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Forget about the stereotype of the Jewish mother slaving over a hot stove. Stacey Reibach and Allison Choder Friedman have moved from behind the frying pan and straight into the fire. Reibach and F...
One woman’s obsession is Jewish Homestead’s enormous gain
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Growing up outside Philadelphia, where her mother was raised, Tammy Hepps got to spend a lot of time getting to know that side of her family because much of the clan still lived in the area. Her fa...





Set for Pittsburgh debut, world-famous Israeli conductor appreciates PSO’s historical significance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Omer Meir Wellber, a young Israeli from Be’er Sheva who is quickly emerging as one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world, will be making his United States debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony...
‘Happy’ Peter Max shares his colorful love of the world with Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Peter Max has been an icon of the American art scene for more than five decades, but like the powerful and boldly colored images he creates, he is infused with an exuberant vitality that seems to t...
Local advocacy group lobbied against Israel during Gaza conflict
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), a nonprofit organization that purports to focus on domestic civil rights issues and bias against Muslims, bran...