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On the silver screen: Movie minyan: 10 great Jewish-American films

By Bill Simons

With winter bringing us inside again, this column recommends 10 great Jewish-American films available through a growing cadre of online platforms. International cinema, documentaries and television mini-series will receive separate treatment in future columns. The following m…

Off the Shelf: Love, family and finding your bashert

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I was growing up and my mother would talk about marriage, she would use the phrase “every pot has its lid.” That’s similar to the concept of bashert, that there is a person meant just for you. But how do you determine that? And what if the person you thin…

Off the Shelf: A community before and after disaster

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

On October 27, 2018, during Shabbat morning services, the worst mass killing of American Jews took place in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Eleven people died in the shooting by a white supremacist who objected to a program org…

Jewish Online Resources 12/17/21

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Gratz College Scholars Program will offer a variety of virtual classes for sp…

Jewish Baseball Players: Ryan Braun redux: home runs and controversy

By Bill Simons

On September 14, Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star leftfielder, formally announced his retirement as a Major League Baseball player. Since he sat out the entire 2021 season and Milwaukee declined to pick up its option on him during the off-season, the announcemen…