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Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week

Most young children have either a “dinosaur thing” or a “shark thing” at some point in their toddlerhood, said David Shiffman. But while Shiffman remembers going through both phases, he eventually ...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Denver rabbi joins Temple Sinai
Rabbi Keren Gorban spent much of her childhood struggling to choose between a future career as a doctor or a teacher. “I really loved the idea of healing people and making them feel better, and … I...
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The Squirrel Hill Redemption: A poet and prisoner bond over shared humanity, whitefish
Najmuddeen Salaam has met Rabbi David Lazar twice: once in prison and the other time in Lazar’s Squirrel Hill home.   During 18 years of incarceration in various Ohio penitentiaries, Salaam read La...
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Holocaust fallout, poor economy has decimated Greek Jewish culture
Tsipy Gur, executive director and founder of Classrooms Without Borders, a nonprofit provider of “experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh re...
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Interfaith service stands strong in solidarity with Charleston
The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted an interfaith memorial service on June 23 for the Charleston shooting victims, or “The Charleston Nine” as they have come to be known. The event was organ...
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Jewish advocates react as SCOTUS makes gay marriage law of the land
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more pr...
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Pennsylvania’s anti-BDS resolution sends message to Israel: ‘We support you’
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. House Resolution 370, authored by Rep. Matthew...
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BRCA gene mutations affect young Jewish women of Pittsburgh
Faygie Sacks knew there was breast cancer on her mother’s side of the family and that three women had died from ovarian cancer on her father’s side, including her grandmother. So, at age 38, the Pi...
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‘Courting’ Jewish women, basketball is right on the mark
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle  At first glance, this looks like any other pickup basketball game: It started with a few practice throws, a brief discussion about the fairness of the tea...
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Metro Briefs April 9
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
The Western Pennsylvania Auxiliary for Exceptional People will host a post-Passover luncheon for its regular members and the Jewish Singles Special Needs Group on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 2 p....




Lifelong connections, call to action drive Diller Teen Fellows
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
There was a lot about his visit to Pittsburgh that Zohar Mattatia found compelling, he said, including a tour of the Andy Warhol Museum and a visit to “all different kinds of synagogues.” But while...
‘Etty,’ the play: from Amsterdam to Auschwitz
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
Classrooms Without Borders is offering the opportunity to step back in time to spend an evening with a bright, young Dutch Jew, Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 29...




Knitters, crocheters find nirvana at city’s popular festival
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Entering the ballroom of the Westin Convention Center on Sunday, March 29 was like walking into a rainbow, surrounded by splashes of kaleidoscopic color from every angle. More than 70 vendors fille...
‘Passport to Israel,’ scholarships help make teen trips to Israel a reality
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
Organized teen travel to Israel is among the top predictors for strong Jewish engagement into adulthood, according to several recent studies, but those trips can be pricey, ranging from $5,000 to m...
Iran agreement met with mix of jeers, doubt from most Jewish groups
by Dmitriy Shapiro
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Israeli politicians and American Jewish organizations were nearly unanimous this week in voicing concern and skepticism about the framework nuclear agreement reached between a U.S.-led coalition of...
Boundless commitment keeps Pittsburgh’s eruv boundary in check
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Shimon Silver knows he is annoying the motorists that trail him as he drives below the speed limit on Forbes Avenue near the Carnegie Mellon University soccer field. “That’s just too bad,” he...
The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
by Neal Gendler
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The s...