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Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Monday, October 30th at 7:00 PM – Tree of Life – Sisterhood Room

Pittsburgh native, Rabbi Barbara, the first female rabbi in Italy, will discuss Hidden Jews of Southern Italy and how the Reconstructionist movement helps to bring Crypto Jews home.

About Rabbi Barbara: Rabbi Barbara Aiello is a Pittsburgh native and daughter of a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp. She begins her 11th year as Italy’s only modern, liberal rabbi serving Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud, a Reconstructionist congregation in the town of Serrastretta of the Calabria region of Italy.

Rabbi Barbara continues to serve Jews throughout Europe as a spokesperson for Pluralistic Judaism – a movement that deliberately blurs denominational lines and extends the hand of Jewish welcome to Jews of all backgrounds.

Rabbi Barbara is also the founding director of The Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC). The IjCCC, is dedicated to helping those with Italian heritage determine if their family surnames indicate Italian Jewish roots.

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Upcoming Schedule of Services and Events

Schedule of services:

Friday, Oct. 20th  Potluck Dinner & Kabbalat Shabbat Service

6:30 pm – Sisterhood Room

Service leader:  Mark Rubenstein

We will also be welcoming the new families to the Religious School

Please plan to attend!


Saturday,  Oct. 21st of Cheshvan

Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study

10:00 am – 12 Noon,  The Rabbi’s Study

Parsha:  Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32

Maftir Rosh Chodesh:  Numbers 28:9-15

Haftarah Shabbat Rosh Chodesh:  Isaiah 66:1-24



The next meeting of the Dor Hadash Book Group will be discussing A Horse Walks Into a Bar, the most recent novel by the Israeli novelist David Grossman and the winner of this year’s Man-Booker Prize.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Imperial House in Squirrel Hill.  All are welcome.  For details, contact Hal Grinberg at


Judy Grumet: An Introduction to Jewish Meditation

Sunday, November 5th at 10 AM

Tree of Life – Pavilion

Dr.Grumet’s presentation will include some discussion of meditation in general, how Jewish meditation differs from other types of meditation, and an opportunity to practice.  As defined by Nan Gefen Fink, “Jewish meditation is a spiritual practice found within the Jewish tradition” although as practiced today is often an integration of Jewish and Buddhist techniques.



The date for Hanukkah on Ice has been moved to on the second night of Hanukkah,

Wednesday, December 13th, 4-6pm at the Schenley Park Ice Rink.   Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.


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