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Local Torah cements spiritual link between Pittsburgh and northern Israel
The quick thinking of a local Jewish community leader has resulted in the deepening of spiritual ties between Pittsburgh and its sister city in Israel. Sue Linzer, former director of the Overseas P...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Documenting slow decline of a vanishing Latrobe congregation
At the beginning of 2013, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein, president of 371 Productions and winner of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards from Columbia’s School of Journalism, was looki...
Jul 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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In a city of bridges, this one stands out at Rodef Shalom
Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, but none with more character than the one being played at Rodef Shalom Congregation. For the past 24 years, roughly 130 players have gathered from north, south, east and...
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Tax credits go to redevelop former Poli’s site
A recent announcement of tax credits is bringing smiles across the commonwealth, including in Pittsburgh, where a little over $1.1 million for each of 10 years, or a little over $11 million over a ...
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London rabbi inspires on anniversary of late leader’s passing
In the years since the June 12, 1994, passing of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, at New York City’s Beth Israel hospital, the anniversary of that date — the third day o...
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Mah jongg’s clickety-clack gets louder
Sue Bertenthal remembers the clanking sound of tiles and the voices of her mother and grandmother calling out phrases like “three bam,” “four crack” and “soap” while sitting around a card table wit...
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Metro Briefs July 21
The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Speaker Linda Nyman, co-owner of Penn Brewery, will...
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PAJC closes, leaves behind storied legacy
After more than 70 years of fostering positive interfaith relations, advocating for a host of social justice issues and producing some key players on the national and international stage, the Pitts...
Jul 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs July 14
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Robinson International Short Film Competition. The winners will be awarded one Gold Prize of $10,000 and tw...
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GoFigure! An action toy that looks exactly like you
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
When Bryan Ghingold was a sixth-grader growing up in Wilkes-Barre, he sliced open his thumb while attempting to customize a Grand Moff Tarkin Star Wars figure to resemble one of his friends who liv...
Even after so many innings, Frankel is still in the game
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
For the 29th straight year, Randy Frankel will take his spot behind the backstop at Stan Lederman Field in Pittsburgh’s iconic Frick Park. When Squirrel Hill Baseball begins its season this week, F...
Beth Samuel celebrates past, looks to future
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
When Beth Samuel Jewish Center was incorporated in 1914, the United States was still engaged in armed conflict with Native Americans, noted Karen Beaudway. “That’s how long ago it was,” said Beaudw...
Rabbis expand the Passover menu — but will Conservative Jews bite?
by David Holzel and Toby Tabachnick
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
On Passover, Rabbi Alex Greenbaum will be passing on the beans and rice. Greenbaum, spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, said he wouldn’t take advantage of ...
Metro Briefs April 14
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Now in its 31st year, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s 2015-16 Waldman International Arts and Writing Award competition will recognize all winners at a reception to view the winning entries and...
J Street official advocates peaceful dialogue, thwarting ‘thuggism’
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Alan Elsner, special adviser to the president of J Street, delivered what he termed a “general talk” at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Monday evening, April 11. The objective is “just to bring people...
Conservative values, traditions still ring true in modern world
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Whether the Conservative movement will continue to be a halachic movement in the decade to come depends on how one defines halachic, according to Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue o...
Building bridges: CDS students learn up close from an Arab-Israeli
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Community Day School students learned last week what everyday life is like for an Arab-Israeli, thanks to an extended visit from Mamoun Assady, an educator from the village of Deir Al Assad, locate...
‘Social cohesion’ drives the Arab-Israeli conversation
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Via Pittsburgh, Arabs and Israelis discussed inequality equitably. Thabet Abu Rass and Amnon Be’eri Sulitzeanu, co-executive directors of the Abraham Fund, recently took part in Pittsburgh’s second...
A matter of survival: Every town had a community
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
Apr 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish small-town life has been in decline for decades. But while the communities themselves may have been fleeting, their stories, their artifacts, their recollections live on, so long as someone ...