Coming up

Coming up

Join other moms with their infants/ toddlers to enjoy interactive Jewish songs and movements at Chabad of the South Hills Mommy & Me, Oct. 5, 12 at 10 a.m. Call Batya at (412) 344-2424 for reservations.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Pennsylvania’s second largest adult education agency, is seeking volunteers to teach basic literacy (reading, writing, math, computer skills) and English as a second language to adult students throughout Allegheny County. There are currently over 100 students waiting to be matched with a tutor. GPLC will offer two workshops this fall for volunteers interested in tutoring non-native English speakers. These workshops will be held in the North Hills at Northgate Church Oct. 12, 14, 19 and 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No foreign language experience is necessary. GPLC is also offering a workshop for volunteers wishing to tutor basic literacy. This workshop will be held in Green Tree at Wallace Presbyterian Church Nov. 8, 10, 15 and 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact GPLC at (412) 661-7323 or for more information.

Rodef Shalom Congregation Sisterhood will begin the 76th year of the Solomon B. Freehof Wednesday book review series Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m. in Freehof Hall. WPXI news journalist David Johnson will review “The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” by James L. Swanson.

“Is it Love? Creating Healthy Teen Relationships and Ending Dating Abuse,” a program designed for teenagers, grades 9-12, and their parents, will be presented at Temple Emanuel of South Hills Monday, Oct. 4, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. The program, sponsored by the Jewish Family & Children’s Service, along with the Jacob’s Ladder Committee of Temple Emanuel, Beth El Congregation, and the Jewish Community Center of the South Hills, will cover topics including how to recognize what constitutes healthy teenage relationships, and ways to prevent and end abusive relationships. The program will also include a video showing of “When Push Comes to Shove, It’s No Longer Love,” followed by separate break-out sessions for teenagers and parents.

Ken Karsh and Friends will perform jazz Monday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave. Karsh has performed live and on recordings with national and local musicians and for guitarists in the documentary film “In My Hands.” He was featured as the solo electric guitarist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Andre Previn’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. A social hour follows the performance.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall, 5738 Forbes Ave. At that time, the Emanuel Spector Memorial Award will be presented to Daniel H. Shapira, immediate past chair of the Federation, and the Doris and Leonard H. Rudolph Jewish Communal Professional Award will be presented to Aaron Weil, executive director of the Hillel Jewish University Center. Recognition of the 2010 volunteers of the year and the election of officers and board of directors will also take place. Dairy dessert will be available; there is a charge. Visit to make reservations.

Jewish McKeesport natives and their spouses will gather for a three-day reunion weekend from Oct. 8 to 10 at Seven Springs Resort. The attendees are people who grew up socializing through the city’s three major synagogues at the time as well as Jewish youth groups AZA, BBG and National Federation of Temple Youth. The reunion will include a Friday night Sabbath service, a welcome reception, a dinner dance and free time to renew friendships. As many as 270 people have registered. A special reunion book containing biographies of 120 former Jewish McKeesporters has been created and will be distributed at the reunion. Contact Judi Wolf at (216) 702-1921 or for more information.

The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh will get in touch with its inner child during a social mixer Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:15 p.m. at the Children’s Museum on the North Side. There will be a dessert and open bar. Contact Ann Cloutier at (412) 992-5255 or for more information.

OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring training sessions will take place Wednesdays, Oct. 13 and 20, from 10:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at OASIS, 10th Floor Macy’s Downtown. OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring volunteers work with children in kindergarten to grade four in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Woodland Hills School District. Free training, books and supplies are provided by OASIS. No teaching experience is necessary. Call Marlene Rebb, tutoring coordinator, at (412) 232-2022 for more information.

The Squirrel Hill-Shadyside-Greenfield Meals on Wheels will be the recipient of a benefit dinner hosted by Casbah. A five-course dinner with wine pairings will be served for 50 guests Monday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Casbah will donate the fixed charge for the meal directly to support SHSG Meals on Wheels, providing two meals per day for one month for an individual. Call (412) 521-6340 or visit for reservations and more information.

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, will be the keynote speakers for the upcoming annual meeting of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Rodef Shalom Congregation. The theme for that evening’s program is “Civil Rights in an Increasingly Uncivil Society.” Jealous is the 17th president and CEO of the NAACP, and the youngest person to hold the position in the organization’s nearly 100-year history. Newsweek Magazine named Saperstein America’s most influential rabbi in 2009. In his capacity as RAC director, he represents the Reform Movement to Congress and the Obama administration. Pittsburgh talk show host Lynn Cullen will be the moderator the program, which is free of charge.

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