Dan Ben-David brings “Israel – A Study in Irony” to Pittsburgh on May 28 at 7 p.m. in the University of Pittsburgh’s Sennott Square Building, Room 2400, 210 S. Bouquet St. in Oakland. Ben-David is the executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. Two affiliates of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — the Community Relations Council and the Jewish Lecture Fund — will present Ben-David’s address at no cost. Registrations are encouraged and can be made on the Jewish Federation website or by calling 412-992-5247.

Twenty-one unsung Jewish heroes will be honored by the Agency for Jewish Learning on June 1 at the JCC at 9 a.m.  Award recipients include Linda R. Lewis, director of operations at Jewish Residential Services who will receive the AJL’s 2014 Special Needs Distinguished Service Award; David Harris-Gershon of the Community Day School who will receive the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education; and Judy Greenwald Cohen, who is the recipient of the Shore-Whitehill Award.  The community is invited to attend. Call 412-521-1101 for more information.

The 2014 Annual Campaign Pacesetters Thank You event featuring comedian Wendy Liebman is set for May 29 at 7 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation. The Busis family and Campaigner of the Year Elaine Krasik will be honored. Dr. Sidney Busis has been a member, leader and board member of numerous Jewish institutions in Pittsburgh and nationwide. Krasik is an avid and skilled fundraiser who undertakes more than a dozen annual campaign solicitations each year  and has served the Jewish Federation in this capacity for more than two decades.

The Parkway Jewish Center and Cantor Henry Shapiro invite you to join them for a spirited Klezmer-style Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring Klezmer clarinetist Susanne Ortner-Roberts on May 30. For more information and directions, visit

The Pursuer of Peace 2014 event will posthumously honor Fred Rogers — beloved minister, advocate and neighbor — on June 22. The event is at Rodef Shalom Congregation and includes a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by an award presentation and multimedia tribute to Mister Rogers. Reservations are required and can be made on the Rodef Shalom website.

Rabbi Michael Werbow of Congregation Beth Shalom pesents “Traveling From Passover to Shavuot, Redemption to Revelation, Religious Pilgrimages in Judaism Throughout the Generations and Today” on May 22 at the congregation, 5915 Beacon St. at 7:30 p.m. The session is free and open to the public. Contact Alex Speck at 412-521-6788 or for more information.

Congregation Dor Hadash and Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha presents “Honoring and Caring for Our Parents (and ourselves) as They Age,” on May 29 at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, 5898 Wilkins Ave. at 7 p.m. The session is free and open to the public. Contact Alex Speck at 412-521-6788 or for more information.