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For women only. All women welcome. A free event at Bnai Emunah Chabad on Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.

4315 Murray Ave., next to PNC Bank in Greenfield. A travelogue will be given by Libby Zal on "No Quinoa for Quebec Passover." Nancy Clark will do the D'var Torah. Refreshments will be served after the program.



The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold free Community/Congregation Security Trainings on Sunday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon at Rodef Shalom Congregation. There will be light refreshments to include coffee, water and bagels.

This training is open to anyone in the community. The training is to prepare congregations and organizations to develop sound security practices and protocols in keeping everyone as safe as possible. The training will occur over two Sunday mornings and focus on a variety of issues. Everyone is encouraged to attend both days to garner knowledge for use in organizations or everyday life. If anyone is unable to attend both days, come to another that is scheduled.

Visit for more information and to register.


The sixth annual Jewish Heritage Night at PNC Park will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Each ticket purchased will include a Lets GO Bucs hat in Hebrew. Contact Josh Avart at 412-325-4903 or to purchase tickets.

The Pittsburgh OASIS Intergenerational Tutor Program is seeking volunteers (50+) to tutor in the Pittsburgh and Woodland Hills School Districts in grades K-4. An hour a week can change a childs life. A two-day training class will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 411 Seventh Ave., Suite 525 (Duquesne Light Building), downtown Pittsburgh. No teaching experience is required and all training, materials and clearances are provided free of charge.

Contact John D. Spehar, Pittsburgh OASIS Tutoring Program director at 412-393-7648 or for more information or to register.

This program is operated in partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.


Zionist Organization of America: Pittsburgh will hold a free program, Through the Lens of David Aschkenas: European Synagogues, on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at New Light Congregation, on the corner of Beechwood Boulevard and Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Aschkenas has been a photographer for 30 years.

RSVPs are requested at Pittsburgh@ or 412-665-4630.


National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section will hold A Day at Camp NCJW at Green Oaks Country Club on Monday, Aug. 14 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit the Center for Women.

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Community Day School invites the community to a Twilight Tour and Wine & Cheese Reception at the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Keeping Tabs is a maze in the shape of the Star of David, constructed of glass blocks filled with 6 million aluminum pop tabs collected and counted by Community Day School students, each tab representing a human life lost at the hands of the Nazis. Experience the power of the Keeping Tabs Sculpture on a summer evening through a docent-led tour and enjoy a special address by Bill Walter, the visionary history teacher behind this Pittsburgh landmark. The sculpture is located on the CDS campus, 6424 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill. This outdoor event is free and open to the community.

RSVP to Jenny Jones at or 412-521-1100, ext. 3207.


The community is invited to a viewing of Missing McKeesport with producer Sam Zolten on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Bnai Israel, 2025 Cypress Drive in White Oak.

The charge is $18 per person, which will include a parve dessert reception, dietary laws observed.

The program is presented by Temple Bnai Israel and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives Senator John Heinz History Center in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

RSVP by Aug. 10 to 412-678-6181 or

The community is invited to Movie on the Lawn at Rodef Shalom on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at Fifth and Morewood avenues, Shadyside.

Bring a blanket or your favorite chair and savor the last of summer nights with a movie under the stars. An American Tail will be shown on the front lawn. Toss around a Frisbee or ball while the sun goes down; the movie will start after sunset, around 8:20 p.m.


The groundbreaking for Krause Commons, a multipurpose building at the former site of Poli restaurant located near Murray and Forward avenues in Squirrel Hill, will be held on Friday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend.


SUNDAY, August 20

Congregation Beth Shalom will hold Shulabration: Sex, Magic, & Medicine in the Ancient World, with scholar-in-residence, Sharon Keller, Ph.D. in Bible and the Ancient Near East. Keller is on the classics faculty at Hofstra University, where she teaches courses as diverse as Women in The Hebrew Bible, Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World and Greco-Roman Comedy. She has been an assistant professor of Bible and ancient Semitic languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Beth Shaloms Rabbi Seth Adelson, and Executive Director Rob Menes studied in her classes.

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NAAMAT USA, Pittsburgh Council will hold its annual summer barbecue and tzedakah box collection to benefit the Child Rescue Campaign on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., hosted by Judy and Gerry Kobell.

Guests are asked to bring their tzedakah boxes and $18 for dinner, per person. Dietary laws will be observed.

Contact Jackie Braslawsce at for more information and to RSVP. Vegetarians should indicate that on the RSVP.



Rodef Shalom Congregation will offer text exploration and discussion for the month of Elul Tuesdays, Aug. 22 and 29, Sept. 5 and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

Rabbi Alan Lews book This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation will be studied together as a way to open the rituals and traditions to everyone. The Prayer and Practice Committee of Rodef Shalom is the sponsor.

Contact Rodef Shalom at 412-621-6566 for more information.


Rendezvous in Rodef Shaloms Biblical Botanical Garden with friends and neighbors for a free happy hour on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Hors doeuvres and live music will be provided, and Wigle Whiskey will be on site with drinks by donation.

The Jimmy Adler Band will be playing original blues music that is steeped in the traditions of Chicago Blues, West Coast Jazzy Jump, and other Americana traditions. Made possible by the generosity of the Goldstein Entertainment Endowment.


The Jewish Womens Foundation is offering two programs for its 2017 grant-making cycle: small grants up to $10,000 to fund innovative programs that impact women and girls; and start-up grants between $2,500 and $5,000 to fund pilot programs and small nonprofits working to improve the lives of women and girls.

Visit JWFs website at for more information. The deadline for submission is midnight, Aug. 25.


Temple Ohav Shalom will present A Night of Jews in Baseball, a grand slam evening for adults and kids on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.

The program will include a Jews and baseball documentary, a raffle for baseball artwork and memorabilia, a Q&A with a former Jewish Major Leaguer and a hot dog and drink. There is a charge. Contact Cindy at 412-215-7843 for more information and to RSVP.



Aleph-Bet Bootcamp at Rodef Shalom will be held from Sunday, Aug. 27 through Thursday, Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Rodef Shalom Library.

The month of Elul is customarily a time of self-reflection, learning, and preparation for the High Holidays. Karen Brean, Rodef Shaloms executive vice president, is launching this intensive language class to help you learn the Aleph-Bet in under one week.

Confirm your attendance by contacting or by calling Rodef Shalom Congregation at 412-621-6566.PJC


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present highlights of the past year at its Thursday, Aug. 31, annual meeting, with the theme Our Next Act. The show will star Pittsburghs Jewish community: its collective accomplishments through the Jewish Federation in 20162017 and a preview of the initiatives that are in the wings. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill at 5738 Forbes Ave.

The annual meeting is one means for donors to the Federation to learn about the Federations funding strategy and the benefits that result from collective giving.

Among the leaders who will be honored at the event are Chuck Perlow and Alexis Winsten Mancuso. Perlow will receive the Emanuel Spector Memorial Award and Mancuso will receive the Doris and Leonard H. Rudolph Jewish Communal Professional Award. In addition, the event will recognize Jan Levinson, who in June received the Federations Gerald S. Ostrow Volunteer of the Year Award, and salute 41 Jewish Federation Volunteers of the Year. The 41 honorees were nominated by the local Jewish nonprofit organizations and congregations that they serve. The volunteers will be recognized as a group.

The service that Spector Award recipient Perlow has given to the community reflects his passion for Jewish continuity and Jewish learning.

The Doris and Leonard H. Rudolph Award recognizes the exceptional commitment of a Jewish communal professional employed by the Jewish Federation or one of its partner agencies. The recipient is selected for his or her contribution to improving the quality of services offered in the community and to the enhancement of Jewish life.

Mancuso is assistant executive director at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. She is responsible for the agencys human resource management and oversight of the JCCs services to older adults, including AgeWell Pittsburgh.

Onsite registration for the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. A dessert reception will follow the meeting. (Dietary laws observed.)

Admission is $5 per person for those who preregister online at By mail or at the door, the cost is $7 per person. To preregister by mail, send a check payable to Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Federation Annual Meeting, 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish community. To discuss disability-related accommodations and for more information about the meeting, call 412-992-5251 or visit

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