Pittsburgh Jews Welcome Syrians As Trump Warns Of Danger

Jewish agency, Reform temple helping resettle refugees as ‘holy work’; GOP frontrunner: ‘Lock your doors’.

04/27/2016 - 08:47
Staff Writer

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump warned Rhode Island voters Monday to “lock your doors” because Syrian refugees resettling in their state could break into their homes.

At the same time, 500 miles west, a Pittsburgh synagogue is reaching out to the Syrian refugees settling in their community.

Leslie Aizenman of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Family & Children’s Service.  Courtesy of Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Serving Up ‘Conflict,’ With Palestinian Fare

10/21/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jon Rubin, a Jewish restaurateur from Pittsburgh, has a special taste for conflict.

His four-year-old eatery, Conflict Kitchen, has a rotating menu featuring foods from countries currently or previously in conflict with the United States. In the past, he’s featured delicacies from Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela. The menu at his food stand these days: Palestinian takeout.

Jewish owner John Rubin founded Conflict Kitchen, where politics spices up the menu.  Courtesy of Conflict Kitchen

Sophie Masloff, Pittsburgh’s First Jewish Mayor, Dies At 96

08/18/2014 - 20:00

Sophie Masloff, the first Jewish mayor of Pittsburgh as well as the first female to lead the city, has died.

Oy Va Voy, I Lost My Mezuzah!

 When I first started this blog back in March, my father, an avid blog consumer (though not of this one — his taste runs more to the neo-con political ones), e-mailed me that, “The first rule of blogging, you should know, is POSTING SOMETHING EVERY DAY.”

Sorry, Dad, I’ve come nowhere near complying with this rule, especially in the last few weeks. Hopefully this won’t be as great a disappointment as my rejection 21 years ago from Yale or my failure to pursue a  more stable and lucrative career.

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