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ZOA goes on attack against Conflict Kitchen’s anti-Israel propaganda
If an art project that was supported and funded by a major university targeted and demonized African-Americans or Latinos or homosexuals, Susan Tuchman is “virtually certain” that such a project wo...
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Presenting Palestinian narrative is “difficult work” say artists
The challenges confronted by artists who present Palestinian narratives through art was the subject of “Difficult Work,” a panel discussion at the Mattress Factory Museum on Dec. 9. Featured on the...
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End of an era: Soon, all that will remain will be Beth Israel’s history, legacy
Inside a yellowish brick building in Latrobe, an elderly man watched as his synagogue’s belongings were packed away. Mickey Radman, whose membership at Beth Israel Congregation spans five decades, ...
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Beth Samuel Jewish Center refocuses with a change of direction
Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe, who has served as the spiritual leader and educational director of Beth Samuel Jewish Center in Ambridge since 2008, will be leaving her posts in June 2015 as the congregatio...
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Metro Briefs December 11
The ninth annual Vodka Latke will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at IVY Pittsburgh (18th Street entrance in the Strip District). Enjoy the open bar, kosher spread with latkes ...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Introducing Mommy and Me, Hebrew-style
Ali Grabell does not speak Hebrew, but she and her son, 6-month-old Evan, look forward each week to a 45-minute session immersing themselves in the language through songs, dance and play. “He loves...
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Investment, safety key new visions for Squirrel Hill Gateway
Pittsburgh is noted for its livability, though one area might be falling short. The Gateway to Squirrel Hill possesses a five-way intersection between Murray Avenue, Forward Avenue and Pocusset Str...
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Joint congregational mission designed to show area’s solidarity with Israel
Rabbi Alex Greenbaum spent a year living in Israel during his rabbinic training in the early 1990s, but there are two days of that year that stand out in his memory: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut...
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With new mikvah in the making, organization honors two of its finest
With less than a year to go before the expected opening of a new mikvah in Squirrel Hill, organizers report that more funding is needed to complete the project. Construction, however, “is continuin...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 09, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
There are some happy tummies in Oakland these days. This month, the University of Pittsburgh began offering kosher food as part of its regular meal plan. Located inside the retail part of Pitt’s Li...
South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Shepetovka, Ukraine is about 4,800 miles from Pittsburgh, but Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is trying to bring that distance a little closer. For the past four years, the congregation has...
National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Rabbi Steve Gutow met with Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, he gave her a mezuzah; when he met with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, he gave officials a message. The pr...
Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When Stacie and Todd Stufflebeam of Squirrel Hill read the news that 13 Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in Gaza on July 20, their first thought was “call Mike.” The Stufflebeams’ son, Adam, is ...
European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been nearly a decade since a bipartisan Congress tasked the State Department with the creation of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism abroad, but if you ask Ira Forman, the current occupan...
JCC and BBYO join forces and recalibrate shared teen focus; Youth group will move HQ from Squirrel Hill to South Hills
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In a push to strengthen Jewish teen outcomes and the South Hills community, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and the Keystone Mountain Region of BBYO announced an expanded strategi...
Metro Briefs August 28
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
B’nai Emunoh Chabad will again offer Gourmet Restaurant Night on Monday, Sept. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 4315 Murray Ave. A full menu will be available for eat-in or takeout. Reservations must ...
Helping Hollywood get Chasidim right
by Miriam Moster, JTA
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — When it comes to Chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. M...
Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
Aug 28, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Alex Hershaft was one of the lucky ones. He managed to survive the cage that was the Warsaw Ghetto. Later, he experienced survivor’s guilt, wondering why he had lived when so many others had died. ...
‘Parade’ offers a powerful tale of an American blood libel
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
A young girl is found dead in the factory where she worked. There are three suspects for the brutal murder: the black night watchman, the black janitor and the Jewish factory superintendent. The to...