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Rabbi proposes solutions to shrinking population
The Pittsburgh Jewish community is a shadow of its former self, but Rabbi Mark Staitman says he has solutions for the demographic decline. After juxtaposing dismal figures and depressing anecdotes,...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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New group in Pittsburgh hopes to bring end to Israeli ‘occupation’
A Jewish nonprofit group with the stated goal of ending the Israeli “occupation” of the Palestinians has set down stakes in Pittsburgh. IfNotNow, a national organization started by a group of mille...
Jun 21, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local Kiwanis Club transfers endowment to Jewish Community Foundation
Two local organizations have joined efforts to foster future support. The Kiwanis Club of Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh recently turned over its endowment to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater P...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Silverman’s new special is a delightfully coarse colloquy
Cries, cringes and familiar quips are only a click away in Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special, “A Speck of Dust.” For fans of the Jewish comedian, the one-hour, 11-minute recorded set offers nod...
Jun 21, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish community shows its pride at LGBT Equality March
The Pittsburgh Jewish community stood out among the tens of thousands who joined in the city’s annual EQT Equality March on June 11 and not just because of their “Love is Kosher” T-shirts. “It was ...
Jun 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Light to sell building, share space with TOL*OLS
New Light Congregation has put its building on Forbes Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard up for sale and will be entering into an agreement to rent space from Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha on Wilkins Avenue...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foer opens up about newest novel, ‘Here I Am,’ at Rodef Shalom
In Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest novel, “Here I Am,” the protagonist, Jacob Bloch, makes a telling observation about contemporary Jewish life outside of Israel: “Jewish Americans will go to any len...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish Women’s Center, Squirrel Hill Health Center honored by local Islamic organization
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh bestowed awards to two organizations established by members of the Jewish community at its Humanity Day Award Ceremony on June 11. The Jewish Women’s Center of Pitt...
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‘Sound of Jewish Music’ strikes just the right chord
Dance, song and stories united more than 400 Jewish women on Tuesday night, June 7, at the sixth annual “The Sound of Jewish Music” event, a project of Chabad of Pittsburgh. Organized by Chani Alte...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Point Park alum's work on 'Great Comet' nominated for Tony
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Just last summer, Rachel Stevens was in Pittsburgh directing “Floyd Collins” and “The Spitfire Grill” for Front Porch Theatricals. Now, she is gearing up for the 71st annual Tony Awards, for which ...
Pitching phenom Tanner Jacobson is poised for promise
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
When speaking with Tanner Jacobson, get ready for a changeup. The herculean phenom, who struck out 47 batters in 31 innings for Pittsburgh Allderdice this season, is nothing like his fastball, whic...
Flavors fly at rooftop restaurant
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
For kosher-keeping Jews in Pittsburgh, supping on beef carpaccio at a swanky rooftop restaurant is rarer than a paleron. But for one night at Hotel Monaco downtown last week, halachically observant...
Israeli archaeologist uncovers history for local listeners
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
For members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, a bit of history was unearthed this week with a visit from Dr. Gabriel Barkay. The Israeli archeologist and educator was in town to discuss his work on...
Metro Briefs June 2
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Tiferet Greenfield is a new organization offering creative and meaningful courses for Pittsburgh women. Its inaugural five-week class, “Creative Writing: Composition, Poetry & Prayer,” starts on Mo...
‘Act of God’ features Point Park grad in larger-than-life role at the Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
When Ted Pappas started thinking about who would make a good God, he took off for New York City and waited at the stage door of “Forbidden Broadway” to talk to a Jewish Point Park grad who had been...
Hebrew Free Loan Association celebrates 130 years of being ‘Pittsburgh’s best kept secret’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
It was just two years ago that Lauren and Ben Mayer, both native Pittsburghers living in Squirrel Hill, were having trouble conceiving a child and weren’t sure where to turn. The infertility treatm...
G-Nome Project warps with ease and please
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
G-Nome Project is moving up a level. The Israeli livetronica band, which performed last week at Club Cafe, showcased a set that straddled both nostalgic notes and futuristic chords. While sliding b...
Community anticipates arrival of newborn, hopes to perform rare mitzvah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
No one knows exactly when Rebecca is due to give birth, but there are lots of people who are really hoping that it’s a boy. That’s because Rebecca, a young female donkey who lives on Cabinwood Farm...
Shavuot in the Steel City offers ample opportunities for study
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 30, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
For generations dating to the time of the Second Temple, Jews have stayed up late to study Torah on Shavuot night. This year will be no different, asvarious organizations, synagogues and centers wi...