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‘Germany Up Close’ is eye-opener to area participants
Sam Siskind entered his last name and his mother’s maiden name into a database at a Holocaust museum in Berlin. He didn’t know of any relatives who died in the Shoah, but nonetheless several people...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Challenging childhood, mom’s devotion leads to flourishing program for developmentally disabled
Philadelphian Jonah Selber wakes up, goes to work and then returns home. Occasionally, he makes dinner. Selber lives an ordinary life, but to those who know him, he is anything but ordinary. Selber...
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Metro Briefs September 11
Chabad House on Campus will hold its 26th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theatre, Chatham University, 1 Woodland Road. Bari Weiss, associate books editor at Th...
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli bank makes deployment of lone soldiers a little easier
It’s a lot harder to be the parent of a soldier fighting in wartime than it is to be a soldier fighting in wartime, according to Zur Goldblum. He should know. The Israeli-born owner of Squirrel Hil...
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With embrace of kosher food, Pitt looks to expanding Jewish population
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...
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South Hills congregation embraces links to Ukrainian town
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...
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National communal lobbyist brings social justice pitch to Pittsburgh
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...
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Center provides lifeline not only for IDF soldiers, but also for their far-away families
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 ...
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European anti-Semitism worries State Dept. official
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...
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Course tackles family law as seen through the eyes of Jewish, civil jurisprudence
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The changing definitions of family, in both civil and Jewish law, were explored at a Continuing Legal Education class presented by the Agency for Jewish  Learning (AJL) on Friday, May 2 at Adat Sha...
Unconventional mayor pulls back curtain on town’s cautious turnaround
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
John Fetterman doesn’t look much like a mayor. He prefers shorts and sneakers to suits and wingtips. His head is shaved, and his goatee is scraggly. His arms are tattooed.  But, just like for the t...
Palestinian, Israeli duo bring stories of loss, visions of future to Pittsburgh
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For two days Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin canvassed Pittsburgh. Divided by heritage but united in mission, the Israeli woman and Palestinian man visited Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for...
P’burgh returnee shares market vision
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The parking lot behind the former Gullifty’s Restaurant, between Beacon and Bartlett streets in Squirrel Hill, will be put to good use this summer when it becomes the site of the community’s first ...
Pittsburgh potter wants to mold Israeli minds
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill Strickland is still a prolific potter. Take a peek inside the ceramics studio at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) — the nationally recognized after-school arts education center that Strickla...
Metro Briefs May 1
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The annual event commemorating  Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for Israel’s  fallen soldiers and victims of terror,  will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 8  p.m. at the Jewish Community Center,  5738 Forb...
Local boy to become a man in Uganda
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Apr 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A young man’s coming of age has  precedent in Judaism. Dating to Talmudic  times, focus has been placed upon  the ascent to manhood, and as centuries  progressed, practices and traditions surroundi...
CDS teacher’s controversial politics prove no barrier to education honor
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
David Harris-Gershon, a Community Day School teacher who has been the subject of a national controversy because of his views on Israel, has been selected as the local winner of the Grinspoon Award ...
Community to score Pittsburgh Jewish life
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
An Internet survey intended to cull  demographic and attitudinal information  from the entire Pittsburgh-area  Jewish community will be disseminated  beginning this week via email.  The survey is p...
May 6 is Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving
Apr 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Day of Giving 2014 – Tuesday, May 6 The Day of Giving 2014 will run from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. (Midnight.)  This is an 18-hour event.  This event is part of Give Local America, the national day for ...