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A few minutes of care can prevent a lifetime of regret
The tragedy of seven children dying in a fire in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week has drawn attention to some Jewish practices in observing Shabbat and holidays. Rabbinical and community leaders in Pitts-...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sally Levin, matriarch of Levin Furniture, provided comfort to those in need
Sally Levin, a woman whose generosity imparted comfort much like the furniture she sold, lost her battle with colon cancer on Saturday, March 7. She was 88. For years, Levin worked alongside her hu...
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Israeli cutting-edge medical startups wow Pittsburgh business, medical communities
What Jewish teen hasn’t said to himself or herself, “I want to find a cure for cancer,” or, “I want to invent something that will help people,” or simply, “I want to make the world a better place.”...
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Senate candidate Sestak takes foreign policy stand, backing Obama
Retired Navy Adm. Joe Sestak, who kicked off his campaign for the U.S. Senate in early March by walking 422 miles across the state of Pennsylvania, addressed foreign policy issues at a tiny coffee ...
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Hitting a high note: Campus Superstar thrills again
The estimated 1,000 audience members at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland last Thursday night were tasked with a pretty hard job: After hearing the 10 student finalists sing their respective heart...
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Carnegie’s new curator of photography has worldwide focus
Dan Leers is coming home, and with him, he is bringing a global perspective on photography. Newly hired as the curator of photography for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Leers, 34, is thrilled ...
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AJL’s functions to be assumed by Federation and JCC
The Agency for Jewish Learning, a longtime cornerstone for Jewish education in Pittsburgh, will dissolve as an independent organization in the coming months, merging its functions with the Jewish C...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro review: Famous playwright chronicled tenement life of Lower East Side
Before she was Bella Spewack, the playwright who penned the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Kiss Me, Kate,” she was Bella Cohen, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who grew up in the tenements ...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community gets taste of NCAA tourney in second and third rounds
It’s March Madness in Pittsburgh, and it has nothing to do with cleaning the house and preparing for Passover. The second and third rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament were held at the C...
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End of an era: Soon, all that will remain will be Beth Israel’s history, legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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, ...
Beth Samuel Jewish Center refocuses with a change of direction
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Chanukah menorahs of Israel shed light on Jewish people’s past, present, future
by Deborah Fineblum Schabb, JNS.org
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend
As winter arrives and the days grow shorter, outdoor lighting is needed more during the Chanukah season than at any other time of year. This need is taken particularly seriously in Israel, where ou...
What makes Chanukah great in America
by Dianne Ashton, JTA
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – As Chanukah nears, let the grousing begin. Too much is made of a holiday that Judaism ranks as a minor festival — one whose rite takes no more than five minutes to complete each...
Metro Briefs December 11
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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 ...
Introducing Mommy and Me, Hebrew-style
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Investment, safety key new visions for Squirrel Hill Gateway
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
With new mikvah in the making, organization honors two of its finest
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Joint congregational mission designed to show area’s solidarity with Israel
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
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...
Metal-based world of fantasy pays tribute to city of Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
There are several ways to enter the city of Pittsburgh, but approaching town through the Fort Pitt Tunnel is undoubtedly the most dramatic. And for Benny Zelkowicz, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, the ...