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Not all on board with Jewish efforts to bring Syrians to Pittsburgh
By and large, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community — in line with the American Jewish community in general — has rallied behind efforts to bring Syrian refugees to the United States. Formal statements in ...
Mar 23, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldberg to leave NCSY but will stay in Pittsburgh
Rabbi Ari Goldberg and his wife Rachel came to Pittsburgh 11 years ago, when Goldberg accepted a two-year position as a part-time assistant rabbi at Congregation Poale Zedeck and youth director for...
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Local Torahs serve as historical lessons for students
History is often told through documents. In Oakland, that lesson is being shared through scrolls. Throughout the semester, students in Rachel Kranson’s “Jews and Judaism: Modern” course at the Univ...
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J-Serve brings teens together for community service
The message is so simple you could text it: Pittsburgh’s Jewish teens love volunteering. For the 12th consecutive year, enthusiastic Steel City youths participated in J-Serve, a standalone day of s...
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Pittsburgh native fulfills ‘Amazing’ dream
Becca Droz has known since she was 11 years old that one day she would travel the world as a contestant on the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.” That dream was finally fulfilled with the filming...
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs March 24
Elected officials and faculty members at Pittsburgh area universities will unite to show their support for the Jewish student community at Shabbat1000 on Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. The event, an...
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Interfaith trip to Israel sheds light for Jewish, Christian ‘pilgrims’
Janice and Myron Watzman had been talking about taking a trip together to Israel since the day they were married in 1990. Janice, who is Roman Catholic, and Myron, who is Jewish, were just waiting ...
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H. Yale Gutnick and a life in print
H. Yale Gutnick has lived a life in print. For decades, the septuagenarian has filed briefs, documents and other legal records across federal and state courts throughout the country. The Philadelph...
Mar 15, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs March 17
Members of J Street Pittsburgh participated in the National J Street Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. Participants will share their reflections and experiences on...
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Mike Feinberg Company to close after 60 years
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
After six decades in business, Mike Feinberg Company, the Strip District retailer of party supplies, Steelers gear and other items you might not know existed, will shut its doors this spring. “It’s...
Online library of Jewish texts a ‘game-changer’ for local educators
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
There are just two prerequisites to using Sefaria, the free comprehensive digital library of Jewish texts that also provides easy access to connect them to each other: “You have to be able to ‘clic...
Squirrel Hill senior celebrates birthday in a self-driving car
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
For her 94th birthday, Chantze Butler rode in a driverless car. And while the idea that an autonomous vehicle transported a nonagenarian who remembers cruising in a Model T seems astounding, to the...
Metro Briefs February 24
Feb 22, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Congregation Beth Shalom Adult Education will present the film “Murray Avenue” on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.​ The film, by Sheila Chamovits, is about Squirrel Hill and portrays...
Butler or Sindler? You be the judge
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 2 2 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dan Butler was asked by leaders at Shaare Torah Congregation to judge its annual chili cook-off last month, he accepted the assignment even though his wife, Nina, had invited guests to their h...
Trivia night supports Pittsburgh Jewish teens
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
The least tricky question of the evening was why so many people attended a trivia night contest held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. “I came to give to NCSY because I value th...




Interfaith communal gathering calls attention to immigrants and refugees
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Members of Pittsburgh’s faith-based groups met at St. Benedict the Moor Church in the city’s Hill District to offer prayers, stories and songs in support of communal unity Monday. The event, “Becom...
Demolishing dues may foster future finances at Temple Sinai
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Being a member will no longer requires synagogue dues at one local congregation. Per the recommendations of a Temple Sinai task force and mirroring a trend taking shape in communities across the co...
More funding options available for day schools responding to budget shortfall
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools are making progress in correcting a cumulative budget shortfall for scholarships. Among their strategy is to take advantage of a recent law that allows individ...
Day school teacher suspected of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Feb 21, 2017 | 25 25 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents ...