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Pro-Israel students continue to face challanges on campus
Pro-Israel organizations are anticipating a challenging year on college campuses nationwide as anti-Israel activists continue their effort to delegitimize the Jewish state, albeit through an appare...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diplomat has traveled the world, but Pittsburgh holds special place in his heart
Listening to Shimon Mercer-Wood is an auditory delight. As spokesman and consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Mercer-Wood gives voice to Israel throughout the no...
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Panelists disagree on what to make of Iran deal
Encased by the wood-paneled walls of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club, three experts’ cacophonous opinions reverberated throughout the location last week during a debate on last year’s nuclear deal with ...
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Synagogue event proves ‘clean’ comedy can also be funny
Kosher comedy is like a vegetarian cholent — a little different than the norm, but pleasantly surprising. With neither a cuss word nor crass remark gracing either of the two comedic sets, Shaare To...
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Fewer hours to do so, but you can still shop till you plotz
Business may not be as brisk as it once was, but a dedicated corps of Jewish women is keeping Pittsburgh’s synagogue gift shops alive and well. That’s good news for shoppers who have become accusto...
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Metro Briefs September 23
Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of th...
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Metro Briefs September 16
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh invites the community to its 121st annual meeting, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the JCC’s Levinson Hall in Squirrel Hill. The evening will inclu...
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Great American Songbook’s ‘ambassador’ wants to educate new generations of fans
Pittsburghers have contributed their fair share to the Great American Songbook — that canon of the most significant and enduring American popular songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, many of which we...
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Federation, day schools addressing serious revenue shortfall
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are expected to shoulder a cumulative budget deficit which could exceed $800,000 this school year as a result of a decrease in available funds as part of the s...
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Interfaith engagement organizations reap rewards of Douglas’ Genesis Prize
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Twenty-eight organizations committed to engaging interfaith families in Jewish life are benefiting from $3.3 million in grant funds, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas. Last summ...
Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
1880s Engine House is saved, gets renovation by a … Fireman
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Jack Conner still remembers the 18-foot brass pole he had to slide down to get to his truck when the call to duty rang out at Engine House No. 16 in the middle of the night.  “They had to take out ...
New JRS head is ready to lead, ready to learn
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Harold Love, a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania with more than last three decades of nonprofit experience, became executive director of Jewish Residential Services on June 1. He succeeds D...
Touring the world is a balancing act
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
Four years ago, Laura Silverman joined the circus. Next week, her act is coming to town. From June 22 to 26, “Toruk — The First Flight” will converge on Consol Energy Center. The touring show from ...
Najimy’s message is loud and clear: ‘Give a damn’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
The world would be very different if women were in charge, according to Kathy Najimy. The actress, feminist and human rights activist did not mince words last week as she delivered the keynote addr...
While tackling Trump, Clinton reminds us, ‘We are all Americans’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton had planned to speak about rectifying economic inequality, building infrastructure and the value of unions at her Pittsburgh rally Tuesday, but her address took a different tack in ...
Rabbi Henry, Rodef Shalom step forward for Orlando victims
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Sharyn Henry of Rodef Shalom Congregation joined Mayor Bill Peduto and members of the Pittsburgh Clergy Consortium in a prayer vigil on Monday, June 13. The event, which was held outside of t...
Gerald Ostrow: a man of principle, devotion
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
Prominent Jewish community leader Gerald “Jerry” S. Ostrow, who at one time held positions as diverse as chair of the Jewish Community Center, chair of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, chair of ...