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Jewish comedian and playwright Hadar Galron discusses the formation of her stand-up comedy show “Passion Killer” Monday evening in the Frick Fine Arts building.

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer January 15, 2019
It was when Galron heard a rabbi joking on the radio about the traditions of Orthodox Judaism that she realized she could funnel her upbringing into comedy.
Mourners gather at a small memorial behind police lines near the Tree of Life Synagogue Oct. 30, 2018. On the other side of the barricades, President Donald Trump addressed the nation three days after the deadly Tree of Life shooting.

New class addresses anti-Semitism

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer January 10, 2019
A new class called “Anti-Semitism Then and Now: Perspectives after Tree of Life” begins on Jan. 23. The series of lectures is hosted by the Jewish studies department, along with the history department, religious studies department and the European Studies Center.
Linda Penkower, chair of the University’s religious studies department, died Tuesday night. Penkower was known as a pillar of support in the department. (Photo via University of Pittsburgh)

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor February 28, 2018

Linda Penkower — the chair of the University’s religious studies department known for supporting students and faculty — died Tuesday night, the department’s undergraduate director said in an email. In...

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