Author: Jean Hartz

Friday June 1st, Erev Shabbat Service with Speaker, Claudia Davidson who will discuss “Italian Jews – A Personal Story”

Shabbat service on June 23rd will include a baby naming ceremony for Hannah and Matt Krohner and their daughter born April 12th.  Proud grandparents are, Libba and Jon Spiegel, Karen and Rob Krohner.
                        Thank You,
                         Jon Spiegel

Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events


Saturday, May 26 / 12th of Sivan

Torah Study, 10:00 am  – The Rabbi’s Study

Parsha:  Naso, Numbers 4:21 – 7:89
Haftarah:  Judges 13:2 – 13:25


Two opportunities with Casa San Jose:

Help:  Are you ever available on a Saturday from 12 – 2 p.m.?  Starting now and throughout the summer, we need a few volunteers each Saturday (you could sign up for one day or several.)  There are 2 activities:  one is to help supervise a family visit (just to be there in the room), and the other to help with arrangements for a legal clinic.  Spanish is not required.  If you can help with this and for more information, please contact Sr. Valerie at

Action:  We are still looking for participants for our Community Resistance Zones. This campaign creates safe zones in our city where residents are both trained on their rights and on how to support any neighbor subject to racial profiling, police or ICE raids, hate crimes and any other forms of criminalization We are looking for people to sign up for the training sessions onJune 2 and 3, at Allegheny County Department of Human Services, downtown at 1 Smithfield St. Training will cover important information that will help folks become better allies. For more information, please contact Monica at

Also, if you are in Congressman Mike Doyle’s district, you might want to thank him for being one of the DACA discharge petition, calling for a vote on legislation to help DACA recipients.  Here is all his contact info:


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the local recipient of the 18th annual national Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education, Sharon Serbin. Sharon is currently in her 20th year of teaching at Adat Shalom Religious School and in her 3rd year of teaching at Dor Hadash Religious School.  Designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding Jewish educators in day schools, part-time religious schools, and early childhood centers, these awards will be presented to professionals in up to 80 communities across North America.

Please join us as we honor Sharon with the Grinspoon Award on Wednesday, June 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Jewish Association on Aging/Charles Morris Center.  Our keynote address that afternoon will be given by Andrea Lieber, PhD, From Camp to Classroom: A Path toward Experiential Jewish Education.

For more information and to register to attend, please go to

Burial of sacred texts (shames)

The Jewish Cemetery and Burial Assn. (JCBA) together with Ralph Schugar Chapel will be holding a burial for sacred texts (shames) at the Chesed Shel Emet cemetery on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 10:30 am. A special grave site is being prepared.  The community is invited to participate and attend.

Jewish custom hold that prayer books such as siddurim, chumashim and machzorim in which the Hebrew name of God has been printed and that have become frayed, worn out or are in disrepair are to be buried.

Congregations and individuals in the community may participate by collecting these items to be buried. They can be dropped off at Ralph Schugar Chapel 5509 Centre Ave Pittsburgh PA 15232 or we can pick up from your location.

Please contact Judy Ryave McGuire, Schugars’ Dir of Community Outreach at 412-812-2892 to arrange a convenient time.

Additionally we welcome Religious school students of  Bar and Bat Mitzvah age along with their teachers who want to participate and be a part of this important activity.

The Chesed Shel Emet Cemetery is located 498 Oakwood St in Shaler Township.  Directions can be found on our website under the Our Work tab.

For further information contact the JCBA at:, through our website or by phone at 412-553-6469.



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