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Yeshiva staff goes back to school with Carlow collaboration
A pilot program that saw a collaboration between the Orthodox Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and Carlow University — a Catholic university in Oakland — not only succeeded in providing valuable instr...
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Kosher food could be game changer for Penn State
With about 5,000 Jewish students at Penn State — almost 10 percent of its total enrollment — it’s a bit surprising that the university in State College has not offered a kosher dining option as par...
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$32 billion state budget renews security for Jewish day schools
What has been a contentious will-they, won’t-they battle in the Pennsylvania General Assembly has now given many a brief sigh of relief. A threat to cut funding for school security in the 2018 fisc...
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Back 2 School Store serves increasing number of kids
It’s nearly 90 degrees outside, but kids need winter coats. No, it’s not your Jewish grandmother making this claim; rather, it’s 300 volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pitt...
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Educational leader says good routines at home lead to success in classroom
The start of school is around the corner, and more important to a child’s success than the crayons, compass or computer so carefully procured are the patterns created at home, said David May-Stein,...
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Diamond’s Kehillah La La to be community of joy
Rabbi Chuck Diamond chose the name of his new spiritual community, Kehillah La La, as a reflection of his mission: to create a community (in Hebrew, kehillah) with an emphasis on joy (“la la”). Dia...
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Calendar August 11
SUNDAY, AUG. 13 The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold free Community/Congregation Security Training from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon at Rodef Shalom Congregation. There will be ...
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With medals in hand, Pittsburgh duo returns home from Maccabiah Games
Though the Steel City sent only two representatives to the Maccabiah Games in Israel, they returned home last week from the “Jewish Olympics” with the spoils of victory. At the conclusion of both J...
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Summer sipping is easy in the Steel City
Pittsburgh may be a city of bridges, but there’s more than rivers flowing nearby. Whether from bottles, taps or cans, Steel City residents are enjoying bountiful beverages all summer long. Reflecti...
Aug 04, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Wedding Plan’: a Haredi rom-com with a spiritual bent
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend
The trailer for “The Wedding Plan” leads one to believe the film is a light-hearted rom-com about a zany plot to get hitched, hatched by an unmarried Orthodox Israeli woman with a lot of pluck. But...
Day school students compete in their first Odyssey of the Mind tournament
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
Because competitions are typically held on Saturdays, students at Pittsburgh’s three Jewish day schools have been unable to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, an international creative problem-sol...
CMU’s Allan Meltzer, economist extraordinaire
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Special to The Chronicle
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
Allan Meltzer, the internationally renowned economist and esteemed Carnegie Mellon University professor, died on May 8 at the age of 89. Meltzer was a pioneer for policy reform, a prolific author, ...
Paul Caplan tells a distinguished tale
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 | 3 3 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
Paul Caplan doesn’t want you to know his age, but he is happy to tell you his life story. Like the look of the teller himself, the tale is remarkably distinguished. Caplan, a retired internist and ...
New book exposes ‘Willful Blindness’ in connection with murder conviction of local rabbi’s son
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
A decades-old murder case involving the son of a local rabbi is again garnering attention as a new book examines the discrepancies of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum’s life sentence for a crime that many s...
Shavuot is the season of blintzes
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
Various explanations are offered as to why Jews consume dairy products on Shavuot. Some scholars cite the scriptural passage from Exodus 3:8 referring to “a land filled with milk and honey” as a sy...
‘Dirty Dancing’ brings to the stage more music, more politics and ‘a lot more dancing’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 18, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
Eleanor Bergstein recalls arriving with her family at the famed Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills when she was a child in the early 1960s and heading straight to the one location that seemed to ...
From old Jews in Miami to Trump’s first 100 days, Naomi Harris’ photos capture the heart of America
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Naomi Harris walked alone into the Cleveland nightclub three weeks ago, sat down at a table, introduced herself to those seated around her and stuck her hand down her blouse. “I hope you don’t mind...
Local lawyer recasts herself as artist
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people are lucky enough to change life with the stroke of a brush. Sara O’Connor, a one-time lawyer in downtown Pittsburgh, did so 18 months ago with a career-altering decision. After feeling ...




Online conversion programs create a ‘virtual chavurah,’ but can it be a real community?
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
May 18, 2017 | 4 4 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
Susan Bowers grew up in a “typical Protestant home” in Michigan, but her parents always encouraged their children to “question things and find their own path,” said Bowers, now 65 and living in Lak...