The Weekly Edition
Friday, November 16, 2018
 
'Victims of Terror'
As donations roll in, leaders grapple with disbursement
By Toby Tabachnick
Ken Feinberg, who administered the federal government’s fund for victims of 9/11 and several other recent gun-related tragedies, will now help leaders here.
 
'A moment of crisis'
Early hour collaborations after massacre were years in the making
By Adam Reinherz
The scope of the horror on the morning of Oct. 27 awoke a collective response among Pittsburgh’s Jewish communal organizations.
 
Point State Park Rally
Politicians and celebrities call for unity and strength at downtown rally
By Lauren Rosenblatt and Adam Reinherz
Poor weather does not detract from unified message to city residents.
 
Celebrity reaction / Michael Keaton reflects on Squirrel Hill, shares reaction to Tree of Life attack
By Adam Reinherz
 
International outreach
Rabbi receives letter of support from president of Germany
By Toby Tabachnick
Almost 80 years after the German synagogue where Rabbi Walter Jacob’s father served was set on fire by Nazis, Jacob received a letter from German President Frank Walter Steinmeier.
 
Music
Free concert and food warm hearts and stomachs
By Adam Reinherz
The event switched from an international food festival with an upscale kosher smorgasbord of chardonnay and charcuterie to a free concert for families.
 
Music
Pizmon, co-ed Jewish a cappella group, coming to Pittsburgh
By Adam Reinherz
The group, from Columbia University, Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, will perform in Congregation Beth Shalom’s main sanctuary on Saturday at 6 p.m
 
Community updates
Riverview to affiliate with JAA and begin $17 million renovation
By Toby Tabachnick
The affiliation agreement, which will end “unspoken tension” between the two groups, aims to increase efficiency and improve services for its residents and constituents.
 
Middle East conflict
Hamas ‘raises the stakes’ with mass rocket assault on Israel’s south
By Yaakov Lappin JNS
The fact that Hamas chose to target Israeli civilians to revenge the killing of its fighters the previous night will likely prove to be a step too far for Israel.
 
Top Ops
 
David Bernstein and Melanie Roth Gorelick
Tragedy aftermath highlights the power of intergroup relations
Despite the incredible showing at vigils across the country, the Jewish community cannot take for granted these relationships.
 
Ammiel Hirsch
This is the gravest threat to the future of liberal Judaism
Liberal Jews are abandoning their Jewish identity in accelerating and unsustainable numbers.
 
Politics
South Hills electorate turns deeper shade of blue
By Christopher Huffaker | Special to the Chronicle
In last week’s midterms, rookie U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat from Mt. Lebanon, won an easy re-election with 56 percent of the vote.
 
Life & culture
Children’s Museum invites all to enter the wacky world of Rube Goldberg
By Toby Tabachnick
“Rube Goldberg: the World of Hilarious Invention” brings the engineer’s cartoons of zany machines to life.
 
Historical insights
Jewish Archives celebrates its first 30 years
By Eric Lidji
Its task has remained the same: to care for objects that tell the story of the Jewish people in this one corner of the world.
 
Stronger than Hate
Help us Document the Aftermath of Tragedy
The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives is actively collecting original documentation of the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue building.
 
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