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Sad News from Temple Sinai Pittsburgh

Posted in Info, Pittsburgh with tags on October 19, 2016 by ThommyMac

It was with numbing horror I read this in my emails:

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that Rabbi Gibson’s father, Larry Gibson, passed away last night, as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a car earlier this week.  On behalf of the congregation and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Gibson family.  Rabbi Gibson’s parents visited Pittsburgh and attended our services on many occasions over the years; I’m sure we all feel we know Larry Gibson from the stories that are a regular feature of Rabbi Gibson’s sermons. 

Naturally, we want to comfort Rabbi Gibson as a community, as he has comforted so many of us individually. 

As a community, we mourn the passing of Larry Gibson

Father of Rabbi James A. (Barbara) Gibson

Grandfather of Micah (Catherine) Gibson, Avi and David Gibson

Great-grandfather of Noa

For those who would like to make a donation in Larry Gibson’s memory, donations may be made to Temple Sinai or the Gibson Education Fund at Temple Israel, Minneapolis.

Our deepest condolences to the entire Gibson family.

Sincerely,

Nancy E. Gale

President, Temple Sinai

 

Rabbi Gibson has been a HUGE influence in my road to becoming a truly practicing and contributing adult in the Jewish Community. It’s been 3 decades since my own father passed away and it STILL can sneak up on me and reduce me to tears. I sincerely wish the Gibson family comfort in their time of grief.

Yeah, baby, yeah!!!!

Posted in Current Events, Info, Opinion, Pittsburgh with tags , , on September 25, 2016 by ThommyMac

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It is no surprise to me BUT the ‘Burgh was mentioned in MSN travel today:

America’s Most Underrated Cities!

Most folks who know me know that deep down I love my hometown, especially now that I am back in the Squirrel Hill area. Absolutely EVERY ‘Out of Towner’ I have talked to is floored at how nice the city is, especially its appearance and people. I am pretty widely travelled and I can only think of 2 cities where strangers at the bus stop routinely strike up a conversation. Here (Pittsburgh, PA USA) and Nashville TN. A sunny day in London, UK can make it quite friendly but the ‘Burgh is friendly pretty near all the time. And the amazing or charming thing is how that little bit of conversation transcends. Gay folks, black folks, punk rockers, hipsters, wannabes, even city hicks will all talk a little waiting for the bus. THAT can’t be quantified but is pretty darn cool. It can even be life changing if not actually life saving. I’ll share an example that I have only shared with close friends until now. It is so hard to believe this happened over 30 years ago. I was 1/2 drunk and waiting for a bus. My dad had taken his own life 18 hours before and I was NUTS. An older black fellow in a housekeeping uniform saw the tears streaming down my face. They wouldn’t go away no matter how hard I tried to stop or hide them. He asked me what was wrong and I told him. He hugged me long and hard and tried to give me $20. I said no thanks and he said “let a brother buy a nephew a drink”. I took the 20 and bought a case. This was the mid 1980s and $20 could get you a case of Genny Cream and a couple packs of name brand smokes. He never did say his name but I never forgot that guy. Think that would happen in, ohhhh, say Philly? Asking someone the time there could lead to a fist fight. I can say it without apology, I love Pittsburgh, PA. Maybe that is what kept me around the 4 times I had a chance at a good gig far away.

-T