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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...
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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...
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Food, fun, music harmonize with wild weather during Israel celebration
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Pittsburgh and its Jewish community truly showed their colors at last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Radiant bursts of optimism pierced a day whose ugliness featured tenebrous skies, howling wi...
Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
by Gabe Friedman, JTA
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
Israel’s fallen statesman
by Aaron Leibel, Special to The Chronicle
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
Local handball player achieves national mark, historical legacy
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
David Fink is a local legend. From the downstairs courts at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, his lore soars. “He’s been the best to ever come out of the JCC,” remarked Ronald Jaco...
Olim who came back to U.S. describe challenges of aliyah
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Melody Coven had wanted to make aliyah ever since she was 15 and studying for a semester in Israel. “For me it was very ideological,” said Coven, a 2008 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. “I want...
Metro Briefs May 5
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Beth El Congregation of the South Hills , spiritually led by husband-wife duo Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum, is celebrating its centennial year. The congregation, tucked away in a remote corner bet...
As primary looms, candidates for magistrate district judge make their cases
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Of the four candidates competing in the Democratic primary in District 05-2-35 (the 7th and 14th wards) for magisterial district judge, three are men and three are lawyers. Abbie Campsie, a therapi...
Extensive collection of original Lincoln photos exhibited at North Side museum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
It would be easy to walk right by the Photo Antiquities Museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side without even noticing it and without ever going inside. But that would be a huge mistake. The storefront on...
Pittsburgh native draws huge following as ‘Dapper Professional’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Ben Rascoe remembers a time, not so long ago, when his buddies at Mt. Lebanon High School were making fun of his choice of attire. While his friends were sporting ill-fitting jeans and old soccer j...
'Israel Story' sounds good to local listeners
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
Like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coca Cola, chalk up “This American Life” as another item to achieve Western cultural exportation. “TAL,” the weekly hour-long public radio program, serves as the mode...