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Interfaith Families Strategies to Manage the Holidays Soy Vey! Chinese on Christmas Day CHANUKA GIFT GUIDE Old Favorites & New Finds PLUS! Local Faces Local Events Local Places

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Barbara Befferman, CEO David Caoin, Publisher MAGAZINE STAFF Roberta Brody, Editor Audrey Brown, Art Director Holly Rudoy, Writer Raviv Cohen, Photographer SALES STAFF Susan Mangel, Senior Sales Representative Roberta Letwin, Sales Representative Donna Mink, Sales Representative Debra Levy, Associate Sales Representative BUSINESS STAFF Jennifer Barill, Comptroller Ginny Woods, Office Manager Marcy Kronzek, Receptionist BOARD OF TRUSTEES Davida Fromm, President Richard Kitay, Vice President Cindy Goodman-Leib, Secretary Lou Weiss, Treasurer Lynn Cullen, Past President Carolyn Hess Abraham Daniel Berkowitz Brian Balk Stephen Fienberg Malke Steinfeld Frank Stanley Greenfield Thomas Hollander Larry Honig Evan Indianer David Levine Gladys Maharam Alex Moser Judy Palkovitz Jane Rollman Benjamin Rosenthal Dodie Roskies Charles Saul Andrew Schaer Ilana Schwarcz Jonathan Wander


elcome to the premier issue of J, the magazine of Jewish Pittsburgh living! More than two years in the making, J is a quarterly publication that will showcase the vitality of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community through human interest features and coverage of community programs and events. “Great,” you say. “But what’s it about?” J is about understanding and celebrating what it means to be Jewish. So, it’s about a variety of subjects that are bound to engage you. It’s about family, friends, food, culture, and tradition. It’s about living well at home, at work, and at leisure. It’s about getting the most out of life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s about local people, local businesses and local issues. It’s about diversity and how it enriches our community. In other words, J will strive to cover everything that makes the Pittsburgh Jewish experience empowering, fulfilling, and relevant. A publication this ambitious could only have happened with the support of leaders, businesses and members of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community. We thank everyone who helped make this more than just a dream. We would like to give a special thank you to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, whose help was invaluable througout this project. As you read, remember we want J to be your magazine. It can only succeed with your involvement. Let us know what you think. Tell us what you want to learn more about. Share with us the stories you think the community wants to hear. We hope you’ll enjoy reading J as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

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Volume 1, Number 1 J is published four times a year by the Pittsburgh Jewish Publication and Education Foundation, 5600 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-6871000 (phone), 412-687-5119 (fax). The information presented is from varied sources considered to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Opinions expressed are those of the indentified subjects and do not reflect the views of J magazine or the Pittsburgh Jewish Publication and Education Foundation. Letters and editorial solicitations should be sent to: J Magazine, Publisher, 5600 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Unsolicited manuscripts, photography, artwork or other materials will not be accepted, and unless accompanied by return postage, J magazine is not responsible for their disposition. Postage paid at Indiana, Pennsylvania and additional mailing offices.

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Premier Issue 15 A Day In…Regent Square Pittsburgh’s eclectic East End community 20 Anchormensch Ken Rice keeps it real is a business that is anything but 27 Interfaith Families How Pittsburgh’s interfaith families celebrate the holidays 35 Soy Vey! Jews and Chinese food on Christmas…it’s official

43 Krav Maga Personal defense and physical fitness come together in Pittsburgh 45 Recipes & Reservations Cornerstone…classic American food with a twist 46 Faces & Places Celebrations and events throughout the community 50 On the Street Kids answer the BIG Chanuka question: 1 big gift or 8 small gifts


40 Gift Guide Make Chanuka special for that someone special


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KDKA anchorman Ken Rice reflects on friends, serendipity and the important things in life. Photo by Raviv Cohen.

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Not Your Bubbe’s Latke

Haute Cuisine Comes to the Chanuka Table By Holly Rudoy Photographed by Raviv Cohen


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“If Jews have a culinary jackpot, it might just be Chanuka”


astronomically speaking, observing Jewish holidays can require great restraint. We Jews are called upon to fast a few times a year, forgo all forms of leavening for eight consecutive days, and feed our children foods like chopped liver and tongue. If there’s a culinary pot of gold to be found at the end of the Jewish rainbow, it just might be Chanuka. To properly celebrate Chanuka, it is completely acceptable to eat fried food, repeatedly… for eight days straight! If you have the intestinal fortitude for that type of indulgence, then this is your holiday. Even one night of overdoing it is an important part of your religious culture, so pull up a chair to the Chanuka table and prepare to chow down.

Left Tender slices of apricot-glazed corned beef from the Smallman Street Deli are surrounded by big Burrito’s potato latkes with crème fraîche and smoked fish and beet latkes with crème fresh. right The Smallman Street Deli’s Latke Reuben combines fresh handsliced corned beef with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and homemade Thousand Island dressing. Order during Chanuka or all year round.

According to Chanuka lore, when the Maccabees reclaimed the Holy Temple from the Greco-Syrians, they had enough consecrated oil to last in their menora for just one day. Instead, the oil lasted for eight days—a miracle that we continue to celebrate by eating foods cooked in oil. Over time, the traditional fried Chanuka food evolved from cheese to potatoes. Somewhere in our culinary continuum, the latke was born, and ever since then, we have celebrated its existence. We asked several local caterers about their experience creating unique Chanuka meals, and although the latke was the common theme, they all admitted that it wasn’t just about potatoes anymore.

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Not Your Bubbe’s Latke

Big Burrito Catering has created so many latke variations that they actually added a latke station to their catering menu about five years ago. Alan Peet, Director of Catering, explains, “We were getting calls from people asking for non-traditional kosher food, and our creativity kind of took off.” Their latke station typically includes three to five different types of latkes from big Burrito’s selection of eight that they regularly offer. Besides the usual potato and the more recently popular beet latkes, there are wild rice cake, zucchini, spaghetti squash and mock crab cake latkes. A range of unique toppings complements each flavor. In addition to the standard applesauce and sour cream, diners can enjoy crème fraiche, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, caviar, tomato-olive relish and even red banana chutney for a plantain latke. Deena Ross of Creative Kosher Catering in Squirrel Hill sees the same trend in her kitchen. “Listen, there are eight days of Chanuka,” she says. “By the fourth day, people are up to their ears in potatoes.” Ross avoids potato overload by creating other options like black bean and corn latkes with a salsa and sour cream dip. And if you save room for dessert, she makes homemade deep-fried sufganiyot (like minidonuts), another traditional fried Chanuka delight that she fills by hand. Caterer Michael Lench of Lench Catering notes that his clients are more traditional but still like to have variety, which is why his assortments are endless. “We come up with our own ideas based on our customers’ desires,” he says. 8

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The staff here at J can happily report that big Burrito’s traditional potato latke topped with smoked fish and crème fraîche is worth every incredibly delicious calorie.

Deena’s Black Bean & Corn Latkes 2 large Idaho potatoes—washed, peeled and finely grated 1 medium green zucchini—grated 1 large onion—grated 1 small can (14 oz.) black beans—drained and well rinsed 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels 1/2 cup medium salsa—well drained 2 eggs salt and pepper to taste oil for frying Mix all ingredients in bowl. Heat oil in frying pan. Drop mixture by scoopful into hot oil and fry until golden on both sides. (If mixture becomes too liquid, just strain out some of the excess liquid and keep frying!) Serve with a dollop of sour cream mixed with equal amount of salsa.

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Not Your Bubbe’s Latke “Pittsburgh is an ethnically diverse city offering a wide variety of ethnic foods. People here like to expand their horizons,” he notes. That’s how the Spanish black bean zucchini latke with avocado salsa was born. Lench can also keep it simple, though certainly not boring, with creations like a whitefish or artichoke-red pepper latke. “We take the latke to a different level,” he says. For many die-hard latke makers, Chanuka just wouldn’t be Chanuka without the oily onion aroma in the air or the leftover shredded potato pieces on the kitchen walls. But the mess can be daunting to some cooks, so much so that they’ll do anything to avoid making latkes. Enter Bob Wasserman of Food for Thought in Oakland, who offers a great solution. Beginning a few weeks before Chanuka, Wasserman will be taking orders for his potato latke batter, which is “ready to go with no mess,” he exclaims. The batter is freshly prepared at Food For Thought and is available by the quart (each quart makes about two dozen regular-sized latkes). “They take about 12 minutes to cook,” he says. “You fry them right away and they stay crisp. They really are good; they’re going to work great [for the home chef who wants the fresh latke taste without the mess].” Jews, however, cannot live by latkes alone, and the constant challenge seems to be what to pair them with when traditional brisket won’t do anymore. Bill Wedner of Smallman Street Deli offers a glazed corned beef as a main course—a modern twist on your mother’s

big burrito Catering’s Red Beet Latke— or Rosti (pronounced “roastee”) 1 pound red beets ½ cup minced sweet onion 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 1 TBL chopped dill Zest of 1 lemon ½ cup crème fraîche Peel the beets and place in water to remove some of the red coloring. Using a handheld box grater, grate the beets with the large-holed side into a bowl. If you have a food processor with a grating attachment, this will work as well. Cover the grated beets with water and rinse two or three times with cold water, draining into a colander. Squeeze out the remaining water from the beets and place them back into the mixing bowl. Mix in the eggs and onion, and combine until the beets are well coated with egg and the onion is uniformly distributed. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Just before the oil smokes, add approximately 1 tablespoon of the beet mixture into the oil. Only try to work with about four or five rosti at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan. Once the mixture is in the pan, flatten it out with the back of a spatula. When you begin to see the edges brown, check to see if the entire rosti is the same color and flip it over. This will be difficult to see because of the color of the beets. If they are not browned on the first flip, you can flip them back to the first side to finish browning. Once both sides are brown, remove the rosti to a wire rack or to a paper towel to cool. These can either be served right away or cooled and reheated in a 350-degree oven for 5-8 minutes. Serve these with a dill and lemon crème fraîche. This is very simple to prepare to serve. All you need is to add the lemon zest, half of the juice from the same lemon and the dill to the crème fraîche and mix well. Garnish with a dollop of the lemon dill crème fraîche before it’s served. 10

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big Burrito’s apple fritters: the perfect sweet ending to a Chanuka meal.

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Not Your Bubbe’s Latke brisket. He also makes a Latke Reuben—a traditional Reuben sandwich that forgoes the bread and is served between two potato latkes—that has become so popular, he now offers it all year-long. When it comes to finding a sweet ending to your Chanuka dinner, Peet recommends big Burrito’s delicious apple fritters, which are, like the more traditional sufganiyot, a great way to end the meal. If (after all of the latke preparation) making mini-donuts just doesn’t fit into your schedule, Sweet Tammy’s in Squirrel Hill creates their own version of sufganiyot, which they describe as a cross between a sweet donut and a cupcake. Peace, Love & Little Donuts in the Strip also makes several variations of the more traditional mini-donut treat. Looking for that perfect kosher wine to pair with your latkes? Murray Avenue Kosher and Pinsker’s in Squirrel Hill have a large selection of wines to complement any Chanuka menu, and can offer you advice on how to pair their wines with your meal. Catered or homemade, Chanuka is certainly the holiday for creative cuisine. We’ve included some of the aforementioned recipes on these pages. So go ahead…test your culinary skills…loosen your belt…and enjoy!

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long the eastern border of Frick Park—in Pittsburgh’s East End—is the community of Regent Square. It has a unique distinction in that it includes portions of the municipalities of Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg.

The main business district is located along Braddock Avenue, where casual restaurants, coffee houses and independent (sometimes quirky) shops dot the neighborhood, and on a warm day, locals can be found dining al fresco with their beloved dogs at their sides. Regent Square’s proximity to CMU and Pitt (about a 10-minute drive) makes it an attractive residential area for college professors, medical professionals and students alike. And sharing a border with Frick Park provides its residents the closeness of its many trails, tennis courts and playgrounds. Different from other business communities, Regent Square’s only clothing store, Ambiance, sells “gently worn” designer apparel—benefiting homeless women. Spending a day in Regent Square, however, offers many other unique opportunities. Begin your day at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing, a wellness spa where any number of massages and treatments are dedicated to the peace, relaxation and vitality of their clients’ body, mind and spirit.

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AnchorMensch Ken Rice Keeps It Real in a Business that is Anything But By Holly Rudoy Photographed by Raviv Cohen 20

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t’s a rainy morning, and I’m on the sprawling front porch at the home of Ken Rice...award-winning journalist, devoted family man, good neighbor and all around mensch. We’re a long way from the bright lights and cameras of the KDKA studios as he tells me that he needs—really needs—more friends. A curious statement from a man who still hangs with the same group of Pittsburgh Jewish guys he met 22 years ago, and then it becomes clear that it’s the Facebook kind of friends he desperately wants. “I came a little late to the party,” he says, referring to his newfound interest in social networking. “I thought Facebook and Twitter were a novelty; I didn’t take them seriously,” he admits with just the slightest grin. And though he is thoroughly enjoying the good-natured competition among local TV anchors to rack up the most friends, Rice’s real reason for social networking gives us a reveal into what really makes him tick. “I realized it’s a way for people to interact, and today’s media consumer wants that. It’s not just a one-way world,” he offers. And after 26 years on a oneway medium, a little feedback is nice for the anchor who sincerely tries—and succeeds—in making his viewers feel like he is having a conversation with them in their living rooms every night. Certainly his wicked quick humor helps him make connections. Even while his co-anchors work to keep up with him, those of us at home have the luxury of a few extra seconds to really appreciate the wonder of it. His warm eyes resting under those epic brows help to draw us in. But for more than two decades, it’s been Rice’s sincerity that has done the most to break through the air waves and reach viewers one by one, night after night. “When I’m looking at the camera I try to think of that one person watching me because people don’t watch the news in crowds; they watch by themselves. I try to forget that I’m looking at the lens,” he explains, admitting that it can be tough to do. “You’re trying to be conversational and relate to a machine. And it’s hard to be funny without an audience—everything falls flat,” he laments. Pair his constant striving for connection with his genuine journalistic skill and Rice is certainly not just another pretty face reading us the news. His concern issue 1


and curiosity for both his subjects and his viewers drive him to offer a whip smart delivery that seems off the cuff. But there’s a thoughtful, almost academic insight behind it all, and it’s not exactly effortless. Rice, 47, begins his workday long before he arrives at the station at 3 p.m. because, he says, “I try to read all the papers and catch up on everything before I go into work. I try not to be caught off guard.” Though the broadcast is largely written by other people, Rice reads and edits everything beforehand and almost never reads a story cold on air unless it’s breaking news. J LivingBoat_EARtique 10/20/10 8:08 AM Page 1

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Growing up in a Conservative Jewish family in suburban Chicago, Rice, says he knew by high school that he was going to do “something with the news.” As a 21-year-old senior at the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in Journalism, Rice got his first taste of the intensity and the emotion of live TV news during an internship at WISC-TV (CBS). “Usually the intern works behind the scenes, but on my second day of the job a tornado destroyed a town—Barneveld, Wisconsin. Nine people were killed,” he says somberly recalling the tragedy. “I had no time to prepare. I learned with the camera guys. We were so shortstaffed that the sports broadcaster was my cameraperson. It was terrifying.” But not too terrifying to stop him. Upon his college graduation in 1985, he landed a job as the weekend anchor with the CBS affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. “I was thrilled,” he says, adding humbly that perhaps he was at the right place at the right time. Just three years later, in 1988, Rice interviewed with WTAE in Pittsburgh and


right away was struck that it was “such a surprising city. The East End neighborhoods were beautiful. There was a nice young vibe with the universities. And they [WTAE brass] timed it perfectly when they took me up to Mt. Washington at sunset. I thought, ‘This is a little chunk of Manhattan.’” It was also a great career move for Rice, leaving the 106th-ranked television market in Madison for then 13th ranked Pittsburgh. He took the job. “I liked it here right away,” he says. “I sort of fell into a good work crowd and a good social crowd. Then I met Lauren.” Lauren is Ken’s fabulous wife of nearly 15 years, and as a former Executive Producer of Programming, Writing and Creative Services at WTAE, she is definitely the woman behind the man, quietly offering advice, support and lots of laughs. Sometimes she even chuckles at his jokes.

“I look back and think maybe it was all pre-ordained,” he smiles. “Now we’re raising our family here,” he says, referring to 12-year-old daughter, Maddy, and 10-year-old son, Joe. While Lauren was not raised Jewish, they are raising Jewish children and, Rice offers, “We’ve never had the slightest wrinkle. We’re Jewish; we’re a Jewish family. I think that’s the way to do it—it’s worked for us.

“... a five-pound dog who tolerates plenty of Rice’s mockery.” According to the Rices, the Jewish humor makes for a fun household. “Both kids think he is hilarious. There’s a lot of humor in our home,” Lauren offers. “I’m Jewish,” Rice says. “Jews are funny. I’m just like all husbands who try to make their wives laugh.” He also credits a very funny uncle and his mother, Marcia, who he describes as “an extrovert, an actress, a great singer and a talented performer.” While his non-traditional work schedule usually precludes him from enjoying family dinners, Rice often lunches with his kids and squeezes in plenty of time for family kayaking, biking and camping. With all of the fun at home, including a five-pound dog who tolerates plenty of Rice’s mockery, he allows that he occasionally misses out, like all working parents. But his role at KDKA, where he has been since 1994, is the only thing that could pull him away.

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Instead, he recalls with an obvious delight, July 28, 2002, the day the Quecreek miners were rescued in Somerset. “The best experience I ever had was being on the anchor desk during the Quecreek Mine rescue. I think about it now, and I can’t believe it happened,” he says in amazement. “We watched and shared the moment with viewers as it was happening. There had been so many setbacks and then the rescue, so that one stands out.” “I would much rather interview the ordinary person who has done or endured something extraordinary,” he notes, again offering some insight into his own integrity and how it finds its way into his reporting. Rice shares recollections of an interview with an older gentleman whose son was a police officer killed in the line of duty years earlier. “After the interview, he took me to the back bedroom to meet his wife who was bedridden. I think of the frustration and sadness of losing a son and then being alone taking care of his ailing wife, and I realize the strength of people,” he says, obviously moved by the story years later. “I still get nervous for the more sensitive stories—my heart will still pound,” he admits, citing recent tragedies like the L.A. Fitness shootings and the Pittsburgh police officers who were shot and killed by Richard Poplawski. “I want to do right by the families. I want to be sensitive and appropriate and accurate.” Rice says he realizes the meaning of his work when he has the opportunity to talk with viewers, whether at community and charitable events or on the street. “You sometimes forget there are people out there,” he quips. “When people come up to me and say things like ‘I’ve been watching you for 20 years’ or ‘My daughter got into broadcasting because of you’—I love being reminded of that.”

Twenty-two years’ worth of these moments proves that we’re lucky this nice Jewish boy calls Pittsburgh his home. I can confirm that he plays Jewish geography with the best of them; he loves our hometown teams; and he finds Mineo’s Pizza impossibly irresistible. It seems he’s already everybody’s friend. But to make it official, give the Jewish guy a leg up on the competition and make him your Facebook friend!

Ken Rice Fun Facts Hobbies: “Well, I don’t have a train set,” Ken chimed. Instead of tinkering with trains, Ken enjoys running a five-to-seven-mile route near his Mt. Lebanon home year-round. In the ice and snow of winter he jokes that he stays a little closer to home because, “I don’t want to break a hip or anything.” The family also enjoys camping—at least Lauren and the kids do. Ken finds it rather stress-inducing and admits that arriving to an empty campsite makes him a little grouchy. “I have to create shelter for my family, and I’m not skilled at it!” Luckily, Lauren grew up in a camping family and is able to lend a hand. They also kayak as a family, even bringing along Lauren’s 81-year-old mother a few years ago. They have their own kayaks, and Ken estimates that they’ve probably tackled every body of water in the Pittsburgh area. “I love getting up early when it’s still foggy and creating the first wave of the day,” he says. Vices: Well, we stumped him here. He’s apparently pretty disciplined. When he couldn’t think of anything, he rattled off a few fabricated habits that I can’t mention me, he’s even funnier outside of the confines of FCC regulations. But, before you nominate him for Jewish sainthood, he did finally concede that he’s an occasional late-night eater.

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Affiliation: Temple Emanuel of the South Hills Favorite Holidays: The Rices have a big seder and also a big Chanuka—“too big, “ he quips. As a child, Rice remembers, “We always went to Uncle Ted’s for Passover, and it always seemed like it was four hours ’til we ate. Every seder at Uncle Ted’s was an ordeal to endure.” You Can See Rice: Weeknight editions of KDKA-TV News at Five and Eleven, and the KDKA Ten O’clock News on Pittsburgh’s CW Hometown High-Q The KD/PG Sunday Edition Reach Rice: Twitter @KenRiceKDKA

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CReATING NeW TRADITIONS How Pittsburgh’s Interfaith Families Celebrate the Holidays By Holly Rudoy Photographed by Raviv Cohen


The Markovitz family celebrates Chanuka with Traditional games

hen Eric Markovitz, 36, was growing up in Upper St. Clair, December meant a couple of gifts, a plate of latkes, a glowing menora and a fierce game of dreidel. His wife, Meridith, also 36, has a slightly different take on her

childhood Decembers. Instead of a few gifts, it was dozens of neatly stacked boxes under the family Christmas tree. She enjoyed cookies and milk and midnight Mass with loved ones every Christmas Eve, and while she may have missed out on the dreidel games, she never missed a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. issue 1



So how do Eric and Meridith combine their

Meridith points out that converting to

home by cooking, decorating and sharing

family traditions to create an understanding

Judaism was never an option for her or

what I’ve learned,” she says.

and reverence for the holidays as well

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as lasting memories for their own three

interfaith couples, did make a joint decision

Every year, the Markovitzes do “a couple

children? Like hundreds of other Pittsburgh

to raise their sons as Jews. “The best thing

of nice Chanuka dinners. I make a fantastic

families, the Markovitzes have



deliberately created their own new traditions for sons Joseph, 8; Phillip, 5; and Peter, 2.

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that we would have a Jewish home but one

of us. It makes me want to raise my children

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that I was comfortable with, too,” explains

as Jews. It’s been great for us,” she offers.

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Meridith. “A few years ago, we started

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candles and saying the prayers. By the time

out, make a point to find it. You don’t just

through a grant from the Fine Foundation),

our oldest son was four or five, we were

bump into it, “she says. “As the mom, I am

where she feels comfortable asking

giving eight nights of presents.”

open to bringing Jewish traditions into the

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The Markovitzes do have a Christmas tree in the house “because it has no religious significance. It is full of ornaments that I’ve collected my whole life and they tell a story. I have all these memories I put on the tree. I could see it not coming out as the kids get older, but it’s part of our tradition now,” she says. She also predicts that Santa won’t be making many visits to their stockings. “I never thought I’d be so comfortable with Santa not coming!” According to Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW, a therapist at Squirrel Hill Psychological Services (a division of Jewish Family & Children’s Service), Meridith and Eric are in good company. The National Jewish Population Survey’s most recent statistics report that 47 percent of Jews intermarried between 1996 and 2001. A recent article in The Jewish Chronicle speculated that the

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CReATING NeW TRADITIONS interfaith population in Pittsburgh, a group that Levin-Shaw has been working with for 10 years, is even more than 47 percent. “An interfaith couple’s first step is to talk about religion,” Levin-Shaw says. “They have to be willing and ready to talk about it like any other difference. It’s two people on a journey, so it’s really important to talk about the journey—to find goals and values to share.” Like Meridith’s Christmas ornaments that are a part of her childhood, Levin-Shaw suggests that couples think about what has been important to them over the years to

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help them decide what they want to share. “It is important because you are creating memories for yourself, your spouse and your family, and you want to think about how to do that in the best way,” she offers. The path to that best way is not always


easy, though. She points out that change is often spiral, as opposed to linear. “Couples think about it, act, go back and think again. Situations come up, and they have to revisit things.” Most couples, though, “really want to figure this out. They have the confidence that they can figure this out.” Like the Markovitzes, Debbie Graver, 41, of Shadyside and her husband, Matt Graver, 35, seem to have figured it out. Debbie grew up in what she calls a very traditional Jewish household. Her father performed as a cantor during High Holy Days services, and her brother was ordained as a Conservative rabbi. She has traveled to Israel four times and says that her Judaism is “part of who I am and what I enjoy doing.” Her husband, Matt, is Catholic.


From the beginning, Debbie says she “made it very clear that Judaism is important to me and that my family will be Jewish… Matt has really embraced a lot of


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WHAT DOES JEWISH EDUCATION LOOK LIKE? traditions I enjoy. I explain the significance of the holiday so he understands the meaning, and we share it together.” In fact, Matt, an engineer, designed and built their sukka. Debbie explains that they invite his friends to their annual Purim party and his family to their Passover seder. “I’m lucky because he’s very understanding,

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The Gravers enjoying Steeler festivities at Heinz Field and putting the finishing touches on their Sukkah.

They do not celebrate Christmas or any other Christian holidays in their home. “We go to Matt’s mom’s house on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” Debbie says. “I know Matt would be devastated if he couldn’t celebrate Christmas—I wouldn’t deny my spouse the enjoyment of the holiday.” Debbie will give birth to their first child this January and expects that “having a child will pose its own challenges because I’m not sure if grandparents see things the same as parents. It’s not for me to impose on issue 1



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CReATING NeW TRADITIONS grandparents regarding gifts, but I would like Chanuka—instead of Christmas—gifts for my child.” While the Gravers and the Markovitzes are committed to raising Jewish children, LevinShaw points out that the December holidays can often be a trigger for some undecided interfaith couples to start thinking about how to best celebrate and honor their respective religions and traditions in their homes. Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill, recommends that couples discuss their ideas for the December holidays in the “off season.” “Last night we had 16 interfaith couples for dinner, and we were just saying that the Chanuka/Christmas discussion is best done over mint juleps in July,” he quips. All joking aside, Gibson makes a good point. “People have their holiday plans in place by Halloween. I mean Costco has their Christmas stuff out in September, so people’s holiday expectations get heightened early. It’s important to talk when you have the possibility of creating bonds rather than damage,” he offers. He also points out that settling the issue months in advance allows grandparents and other extended family members time to accept the idea. “Of course, I, as a rabbi, have strong beliefs about what should happen. What I think helps is a couple who has a strong, grounded home life. I advocate that Chanuka is celebrated in the home and let Christmas be outside—at a grandparent’s or cousin’s home. That way you allow each holiday its integrity without trying to turn a horse into a unicorn.” In recent years, popular culture has done


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“Chanumas” or “Chrismaka.” While these


labels for interfaith celebrating help identify Y

the “December Dilemma,” Levin-Shaw sees most couples wanting to create their own


traditions when they join their respective


religions together.



Interfaith couples are involved in a great


adventure. To help with the decisions and,

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RESOURCES & INFORMATION: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Debbie & Matt Graver (co-chairs of the Interfaith Division) 234 Mckee Place Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 681-8000 Jewish Family & Children’s Service Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW 5743 Bartlett Street Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (412) 422-7200 • Mothers Circle at the Agency for Jewish Learning Carolyn Linder 2740 Beechwood Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (412) 521-1101 Rabbi Jamie Gibson Temple Sinai 5505 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (412) 421-9715

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Soy VEy! Jews & Chinese Food…It’s Official! By Roberta Brody


n case you missed it, there was an entertaining exchange between two U.S. Senators (Lindsey Graham—Republican, South Carolina and Patrick Leahy—Democrat, Vermont) and now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan at her confirmation hearing this past June. It went like this:

SEN. GRAHAM: Now, as we move forward and deal with law-of-war issues, the Christmas Day bomber—where are you at on Christmas Day? MS. KAGAN: Senator Graham, that is an undecided legal issue, which—well, I suppose I should ask exactly what you mean by that. I’m assuming that the question you mean is whether a person who is apprehended in the United States is... SEN. GRAHAM: No, I just asked you where you were at on Christmas. (Laughter.) MS. KAGAN: (Laughs.) You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant. (Laughter, applause.) SEN. GRAHAM: Great answer. Great answer. SEN. LEAHY: You know, I could almost — I could almost see that was coming. (Laughter.) SEN. GRAHAM: Me, too. So you were celebrating… SEN. LEAHY: Senator Schumer explained this to me earlier. SEN. GRAHAM: Yeah, he did. SEN. SCHUMER: No other restaurants are open. SEN. GRAHAM: Right. You were with your family on Christmas Day at a Chinese restaurant—okay. MS. KAGAN: Yes, sir. SEN. GRAHAM: That’s great. That’s what Chanuka and Christmas is [sic] all about. (Laughter.) For anyone who was previously unaware of this cultural phenomenon, Elena Kagan made it official. It is now noted in the U.S. Congressional Record that most American Jews dine at their local Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. What may have begun as the only alternative to closed restaurants or cooking at home has become a modern Jewish tradition. This begs the question: where do Pittsburgh Jews eat on Christmas Day? We asked around and came up with the following list of some of the more popular Pittsburgh Chinese establishments that are open on Christmas Day: Be sure to call ahead for reservations…qìǐng màn yòng!

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 A family enjoys making holiday and get well cards for patients at Allegheny General Hospital as part of the JCC’s Satellite Mitzvah Day projects last year.

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It’s A Mitzvah… Really! Helping . A young girl joins in the Bingo Game at Weinberg Village, learning you’re never to young to do a mitzvah!


 Participants of all ages help cook up a mitzvah at Family House-University Place during last year’s Mitzvah Day.

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or many Pittsburgh area Jews, there’s more to Christmas Day than movies and Chinese food! Each December 25, hundreds of local volunteers from the Jewish community skip the traditional movies and dinner to donate their time to provide services at more than 35 social service sites throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual Mitzvah Day. This year, Christmas Day coincides with Shabbat, which necessitates moving Mitzvah Day to Friday, December 24th—still a much-desired day off for those who celebrate Christmas. This “mitzvah” (or worthy deed) affords non-Jewish employees of the participating social service agencies the opportunity to spend the Christmas holiday with family and friends, while making sure that their clients will continue to be served. It also provides Jewish community members a family-friendly opportunity to work together to make a difference and impact the lives of those less fortunate.

Others “If every person in the world donates just a small amount of their time and/or money to needy members and organizations in their community, the world would be a better place. Mitzvah Day provides this opportunity for those living in Pittsburgh,” said Alicia Klein, volunteer Co-Chair of Mitzvah Day 2009. Last year, more than 400 volunteers worked on projects that included: preparing and serving Christmas dinner to residents staying at four Family House locations; delivering holiday gifts from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis living in care facilities around the city; packing bags with the National Council of Jewish Women for children in emergency foster care; and playing bingo and visiting residents of Shadyside Nursing & Rehabilitation, Southwestern Veterans Center, Sunrise Assisted Living and Weinberg Village, to name just a few.

RESOURCES & INFORMATION: Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Tracy Royston (Mitzvah Day volunteer coordinator) 234 Mckee Place Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 992-5229

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Battling Attackers and the Waistline By Roberta Brody


ove over Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, Imi Lichtenfeld has come to Pittsburgh. Well, actually it’s David Wright, owner of Wright’s Gym in Crafton, who has brought Imi Lichtenfeld’s legacy to town. Wright, an 18year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Department, is teaching men, women and teens the hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). And it’s catching on, so much so, that Pittsburghers are crossing bridges and traversing tunnels to get to Wright’s Gym to learn it. Krav Maga (KRAHV ma-GAH), translated from Hebrew as “contact combat,” was originally created by Imi Lichtenfeld to help him and others defend the Jewish quarter of Bratislava in the 1930s. When Lichtenfeld immigrated to Israel in the ‘40s, he began teaching these instinctive defense tactics to what would eventually become the IDF. According to Wright, who is the Lead Use of Force Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Pittsburgh Police, Krav Maga “is a comprehensive defensive tactic developed for anybody to learn, young or old, male or female. It works on the concept of simplicity.” He points out that it is not considered a “martial art” but, instead, “is a more instinctive form of self-defense followed with ‘combatives.’ It’s based on what works.”

“You’re gonna work hard; you’re gonna have fun; but you’re gonna sweat,” Not only is Krav Maga an extremely effective form of self-defense, it’s also fitnessbased, meaning participants get an amazing workout. And you don’t have to be a police officer to reap the benefits. Wright is certified to deliver civilian-style training and instructor courses, and since March his gym, like thousands of others around the country, has offered Krav Maga classes to a growing number of devotees. The response at Wright’s Gym has been so positive that they are in the final stages of completing a 2,200-square-foot Krav Maga room complete with mats, low lights, strobe lights and loud music to help replicate real world attack situations. Wright takes seriously his gym’s Krav Maga motto, “Get Fit…Go Home Safe” and plans to eventually take the course outside to include simulated muggings in wooded areas. While he notes that the system is for anybody, the classes are currently geared toward adults and late-teens. “We make you sweat.” he explains. “You’re gonna work hard; you’re gonna have fun; but you’re gonna sweat,” he says, adding, “People have lost so much weight.” It might be a good idea to check out Krav Maga classes now. While you may not need to fight off an attacker anytime soon, you may need to fight the results of the latkes!

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f you live in Pittsburgh—and you’re not averse to leaving your “shtetl” in search of a good meal—then you should add Cornerstone Restaurant in Aspinwall to your dining repertoire.

Owner Erin Stern opened the restaurant and bar in 2009, and has been busy ever since. She calls her menu “classic American food with a twist.” Cornerstone favorites include brisket sliders; a lamb burger with arugula and truffle oil vinaigrette; and mac ’n’ cheese LE A K D in mascarpone cream sauce. E M CREA

WITH HICKEN C C I N A G STED OR Stern was happy to share her PAN ROA KIN ON) (S S recipe for Organic Chicken T S A BRE CHICKEN C I with Creamed Kale, one of the N A G 2 OR E OIL V I L O restaurant’s most requested . D S E INC 4 TB LLOTS, M K A H S dishes. . S B OC 2T ICKEN ST RD H A C . t T P a S U e U C h M 2 h ig 1/ AIN op over h HOLE GR on stove t n pan; add a 2 TBS. W t p o h é t o u t a eat s dd oil H A . . er side s s e e e r id g s to the oth 375 de n both p o li o F t r e n . p n e p v w e o o p hicken on and en br Preheat s. Place c with salt e deep gold n e il r e t g k n e ic u d h g c 0 in 16 ar é pan, Season e down, se rnal temperature is uce. In same saut id -s in k s n a e int oft and ing s chicke uté until s while mak n until the a e t s v s ; o e s r t in o t t ll le u a by half. and d sh and p nd reduce ve oil. Ad r with foil a li e n o v a o f p c o , e n e z o t spo to taste. degla a pla e. Season and 1 table of chicken stock, t il a o r atoes o p ld r o o p c dum ashed pot /2 cup ir to in m 1 t h S d it d . w r A e d . t e t t n rv bu transluce . Best se tard and auce over grain mus s r le u o o h p w d d n Ad ias a ken on a b r kale. Slice chic ho c a in ed sp and cream


1 CUP OF HEAVY CREAM (OR KOS HER CREAM SUBSTITUTE) 4 TBS SHALLOTS, SLICED 4 CUPS KALE, STEMS REMOVE D SALT & PEPPER TO TASTE Sweat shallots in a 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add cream (you can use MimicCreme™ as a cream substitute for kosher preparation...see Mim icCr for more information.); let it boil until it begins to thicken. Add the kale, and cook until soft. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Young Adult Division Main Event (Saturday, October 9 at The Children’s Museum). Chairs of the event pictured below: William Spatz, Deb Press Sindler, Scott Americus


Sharon Ryave Brody Licensed Funeral Director Licensed Funeral Supervisor 5909 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-621-8282 • 1-888-621-8282 Fax 412-621-5225

Max Cohen enjoys the view from his perch during a raucous hora at Max’s Main Event celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn.

The new Lisa and Rob Goodman are feeling the love as they celebrate their nuptials at The Doubletree Hotel and Suites Pittsburgh City Center. Photo by Lorraine Plaikner.


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Bat Mitzvah girl Maddy Rudoy, on right, and friends enjoy the festivities during her Maddy Mex Bat Mitzvah at Mad Mex in Robinson Township. Photos by Dmitriy Babichenko.


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fast track dating If you’re a Jewish single between the ages of 20-60 you won’t want to miss Fast Track Dating on Sunday, December 12 at 7 pm at the Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh. A $12 registration fee includes your first drink and appetizers. Advance RSVP and registration are required at www. No entry or cash will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Julie Rosenbaum, Shalom Pittsburgh Associate, at 412.992.5222 orjrosenbaum@ Fast Track Dating is made possible through a generous contribution from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Membership has its benefits.

Educational programs led by national business experts. Peer forums with other founders and CEOs of companies in western PA. Individualized consulting to support your strategic growth. The Entrepreneurial Village, a members-only online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Join your peers and colleagues from closely-held companies in the region. Take the first step. 412-648-1544


Vodka and Latkes is open to ages 22-45 and free parking is available in Shady Lane and Extra Space Storage lots at Penn and Braddock Avenues. Event Chairs are Kate and David Blank and Evan Durst. For more information, visit www.ShalomPittsburgh. org.

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COMING NEXT ISSUE… Multi-generational Households Planning for the Future Yiddish in America Jewish Education Klezmer À Deux Purim Favorites And More!


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Welcome  Good Luck  Mazel Tov BETH HAMEDRASH HAGODOL – BETH JACOB SYNAGOGUE We Are Always Open—Visit Us Downtown 810 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-471-4443

Premiere Shadyside Salon 5519 Walnut Street, Shadyside, PA 15232 412-688-8444



Wishing the Community a Happy Chanuka 205 Hawthorne Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 412-224-9101 /

Feel the Video 113 Pennhurst Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 412-829-0266 /



A Designer Shoe Boutique Featuring the Latest Trends 736 Bellefonte Street, Shadyside, PA 15232 412-687-3663 /

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Refined Classical Cuisine 5701 Bryant Street, Highland Park, PA 15206 412-665-9000 /

One-on-One Language Arts Tutoring for Students of All Ages 401 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-661-6682 /



The Finest Middle Eastern Cuisine 4757 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-683-4757 /

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Jewish Living Magazine Magazine To The Pittsburgh Region and Celebrates its First Edition!

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or decades, Jewish families all across America have been debating a hot issue each year prior to the holiday season… whether or not it is better to receive one large gift or eight small gifts for Chanuka. Grandparents will be quick to remind their offspring of their own youth—during the Great Depression—where Chanuka gifts of any kind were out of the question. However, given today’s culture of overindulgence, we wondered what Pittsburgh’s Jewish kids really think about this pressing issue, so we took our query right to the streets.

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ey sydn ift g 1 big

age 11

drew 1 big gif t age 11

el isab ift g 1 big

Luke 8 small

age 1

daniel 8 big gifts

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age 9

age 11

age 7


age 1

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age 9

age 11

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hann ah 8 small gifts

sarah 8 small gifts

age 16

but that wasn’t one of your choices, Daniel!

Nora 8 small gifts

age 9



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A new spin on old traditions.

Last year, we connected 2,500 local youth to their Jewish identity through summer camp and trips to Israel. This year, with your help, we can do even more.

Chanukah celebrates our Jewish identity. You can help ensure the future of that identity. Your commitment to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh 2011 Annual Campaign will help send children to Jewish summer camp and on educational trips to Israel. It will help engage them in Jewish experiences at synagogue and in youth groups, and it will help create a strong and vibrant Jewish community for the future. To give or to learn more, visit us online at or call 412.681.8000.

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