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Love for Jewish Pittsburgh from afar
I grew up in Pittsburgh, and now that I live across the United States on an island outside of Seattle, Washington, I love reading about my hometown in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. I love the memories, I love recognizing the names of people I know, and I love having this connection to Pittsburgh!

Go you, you thriving Pittsburgh Jewish Community!

Susan Cohen
Freeland, Washington

Greenfield has long been welcoming to Jews — and everyone else
Concerning the article about Yeshiva Schools receiving funding to remodel St. Rosalia, by David Rullo (Dec. 17):

Dr. Chaim Oster is quoted, “I don’t know that Chabad is the only reason for growth in Greenfield but I’m confident that it’s one of the primary reasons.”

Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum is quoted saying about the Greenfield community, “They’ve been remarkably welcoming to us,” and “They’re looking to maybe do some joint projects with us in the community.” These representatives of Chabad imply that there were no good schools for Jews to attend until they arrived.

As a Jewish Greenfielder — born and raised and now living there as a long-time active member of the community — I disagree. I attended public school there and sent my son to public school there as well. Public schools in Greenfield and Squirrel Hill have benefited all students attending them, including the Jewish students. Maybe our public schools also have been improved by having our demanding parents in the neighborhoods.

I also attended religious school and became a bat mitzvah at B’nai Emunoh in Greenfield. My mother lived on that same Murray Avenue block when she was a child, in the 1930s. There have been Jews living, working and attending school in Greenfield for a very long time. Moreover, the neighborhood has not been lacking in development (I served on the Greenfield Development & Transportation Committee for many years).

When someone moves into Greenfield, we welcome that person as a full-fledged Greenfielder, an equal stakeholder in our community. We expect you at our Memorial Day observance at Boulevard Drive, and you should consider racing your children on the Fourth of July in Magee Field. We invite you to be an active participant in the neighborhood, a part of “us.”
Greenfield is proud to be one of the most diverse, welcoming and egalitarian neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh. We are glad you will be filling those buildings in the heart of our neighborhood, putting the sounds of children back onto that corner. (Please mind that there is a funeral home across the street.)

We already miss the presence of St. Rosalia, where many Greenfielders attended school. We also miss their Lenten Fish Fry. Perhaps, Chabad, you might consider holding a fish fry in the weeks before Pesach, just to be neighborly.

Audrey N. Glickman
Greenfield

Hebrew calendar unites Jews worldwide
In regard to “A Diaspora calendar to revive Jewish life” (Dec. 17): Seriously!? Jews throughout the world are united through the Hebrew (not Diaspora) calendar. Perhaps United States Jewry considers itself “entitled” to create their own calendar and to separate themselves from Jews throughout the world.

I was born, raised and educated in Pittsburgh in a Conservative family. We were affiliated with Beth Shalom synagogue. I’ve lived in Israel for five decades.

I have always found it comforting to know that when I say at Rosh Hashanah, “Gut yahr, gut yontif, shana tova,” that I am sharing that with the millions of Jews throughout the world on that same day.

Perhaps synagogues in the United States should be less worried about their membership enlistment and pay more attention to the basics of Judaism rather than water their principles down to fit what is popular and or profitable.

Carol Hoffman
Tel Aviv, Israel

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