Letters to the editor
Here’s to the Chronicle!
Hearty congratulations to my former classmate, publisher and CEO Jim Busis, and all who are associated with the excellent new look and new name Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. The newspaper on which I have been dependent for decades has never been better.
A publication that was experiencing significant challenges just a few years ago not only has survived, but has gained new life.
Also worthy of note is that the publication will now be available free of charge to all area Jewish residents. The cost of a subscription had been increasing through the years to a point that it could have been a hardship for those of modest or fixed income: now, through the generosity of many, there is no excuse to be uninformed about events and the people who make up our Jewish community.
We go to the Chronicle to learn who is marrying, who is celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, who is being confirmed, who has accomplished something of note, what we frequent contributors to the opinion page think, what the Chronicle board thinks and what is going on that affects Jews everywhere.
The Chronicle has admirably served all branches of Judaism, not an easy task within a religion that is often splintered.
Thank you for a publication that is every bit as vital as when it began publication in 1962. Here’s to the next 55 years!
Upper Saint Clair
JRS: one for all
Mazel Tov to the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on the first issue of its relaunch.
After reading “Jews working to help non-Jews, a longtime Pittsburgh tradition” in the July 21 edition, I wanted to take the opportunity to let your readers know that Jewish Residential Services is an organizations that offers a culturally rich, Jewish environment that is welcoming to people of all backgrounds.
Jewish Residential Services supports individuals with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities helping them to live, learn, work and socialize as valuable members of the community. Our Supportive Living services help people live independently and to be part of the Squirrel Hill community. The Howard Levin Clubhouse helps those whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness come together to discover and develop their strengths and abilities, build self-confidence and gain valuable social and vocational skills that prepare them for more productive, rewarding and meaningful lives. Our services have been open to and served people from all walks of life since the organization’s inception in the early 1990s.
Earlier this week, Jewish Residential Services, along with our partner ACTION-Housing, Inc., started construction of the Seymoure and Corinne Krause Commons located on the site of the former Poli restaurant near the intersection of Forward and Murray avenues. Krause Commons, which should be ready for occupancy around this time in 2018, will include 33 affordable housing apartments, the new Sally & Howard Levin Clubhouse and the administrative offices of Jewish Residential Services.
We look forward to continuing to serve the community for many more years to come.
Jewish Residential Services