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December 14, 2020

The Story of a Box of Candles: “A Beautiful Gift of Memory”

In the Chanukah display of the A Very Merry Pittsburgh experience at the Heinz History Center is a box of candles with 120 years of history. The box itself is unremarkable, but a sticker pasted on its backside offers this intriguing note: “These Chanuko Candles are Presented in Loving Memory of Abraham Lippman, President of The Rodef Shalom Congregation from 1889 to 1910.”

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December 13, 2017

The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives recently acquired this charming electric menorah from the Iszauk family of White Oak, Pa., a borough outside McKeesport. No one in the Jewish community in McKeesport could provide any information about the origins of the electric menorah, but we dug a littler deeper.

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December 7, 2015

Eight Days of Hanukkah

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is here, and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives of the Heinz History Center has prepared eight days of treats from the archives. For each day of Hanukkah, the History Center will post a Hanukkah-themed artifact, image, or document on social media. But for a sneak preview of all eight days’ presents, read on!

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