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Animal rights pioneer, a Holocaust survivor, encourages respect, obligation
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. ...
Aug 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agency focuses on growing Jewish learning
With its eye on the changing demands posed by a future vastly different from the educational world in which it was created, the Agency for Jewish Learning has concluded its two-year initiative to e...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Circus of the Kids
For the second year in a row, the Circus of the Kids has come to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for four days of workshops with local kids, leading up to a short run of performances t...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 21
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center is partnering with the United Way by recruiting for its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program. Contact Jenny Jones, volunteer center coo...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Chutz-Pow!’ gives Holocaust heroes the ‘Superman’ treatment
Spider-Man, Superman and Jewish survivors of the Holocaust really do have something in common. “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust,” a Pittsburgh-based publication, has turned the lives of Pit...
Aug 22, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Delivering hope: Two rabbinical students make the most of their prison road trip
Yaakov Yehudah Raskin, 20, and Tani Rapoport, 21, had some free time this summer. They decided to spend it in prison. The two rabbinical students had a few weeks open before starting their final ye...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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At long last, calming waters come to Temple Ohav Shalom with three new hires
It’s hard enough for a congregation to transition after its rabbi leaves. Add to that the departure of a youth advisor/music director and a mandate to hire a new full-time religious school director...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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At 40 years, PPT’s birthday gift to itself is ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” is a “memory play,” a term coined by the playwright himself. “Memory,” Williams wrote in the script describing the first scene, “is seated predominantly in...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophie Masloff: ‘She was the conscience of our city’
Mayor Sophie Masloff would often open an appearance with the greeting: “It’s great to be here. But at my age, it’s great to be anywhere.” That was typical Masloff, an unassuming, self-deprecating J...
Aug 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Come back to Jamaica; Judaism is thriving
by Paul Foer
JNS
Dec 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The many Cohens and Levys in the Jamaican phone books may not be practicing Jews, though they most likely recognize that they may be descendants of Sephardic Jews who settled there after fleeing th...
Concordia expands
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Concordia of the South Hills — formerly, the B’nai B’rith-sponsored Covenant at South Hills — broke ground last week on a 3,000 square feet expansion to its Health Center. Concordia Lutheran Minist...
Jewish seamstress’ memory pillows soften the grieving process
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Young Connor Scott’s grandmother lived for years with his family. In fact, he had not spent a day of his life without her. When she died, Connor missed her terribly. That’s when family friend and P...
Pittsburgh at convention
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Pittsburghers played a prominent role in the just-completed 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism. Temple Sinai sent a 40-member delegation, making it the 12th largest ...
Braunstein to focus on oral history as new director of Holocaust Center
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has named Joy Braunstein as its new director. Braunstein, who has already started her new job, plans to focus on finding ways to ...
Kether Torah revisited
by Ilana Yergin
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
About 40 people climbed into a charter bus Sunday waiting outside of New Light Congregation in Squirrel Hill to take a tour of historic Jewish Pittsburgh sites. Rabbi Jonathan Perelman of New Light...
Winners of cover contest
Dec 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
For this year’s Chanuka cover contest, schools from around the county inundated the Chronicle with submissions. With this happy situation in mind, we decided it would be more appropriate to select ...
Former Major Leaguers building ‘Team Israel’
by Ken Mandel
JNS
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When Shawn Green retired from Major League Baseball at age 34, he traded the game he loved for the relaxed life of a family man and eventual author. As teams contacted the outfielder/first baseman ...
Genocide in Darfur remains critical
by Brandt Gelman
Chronicle Correspondent
Dec 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Daniel Solomon, a junior at Georgetown University and national student director of STAND (the student-led division of United Against Genocide), traveled to Pittsburgh this past weekend to impart on...
Cantor touts bipartisan effort against Iran
by By Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Dec 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Some might consider them to be a political odd couple, but don’t say that to Rabbi David Saperstein. Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — the Reform ...