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Coming up

Tzofim — The Israeli Scouts — will again bring their song and dance show to Pittsburgh when 10 scouts come for a weeklong stay from July 5 to 9. This year, five free performances, each approximately one hour in length, are scheduled, and not just in Squirrel Hill, but in the North and South Hills and eastern suburbs. The performances are slated for Monday July 5, at the Jewish Community Center’s Katz Auditorium in Squirrel Hill; Tuesday July 6, at Temple Emanuel of South Hills, 1250 Bower Hill Road; and Thursday, July 8, at Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike, Monroeville. All three performances start at 7 p.m. Two additional performances are set for Friday, July 9, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., at Temple Ohav Shalom, 8400 Thompson Run Road, Allison Park. The Jewish Committee on Scouting, Greater Pittsburgh Council, is sponsoring the performances.

Ten talented Scouts (tzofim in Hebrew) from Israel will give a high-energy song and dance performance at Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike, Monroeville, Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Scouting is co-ed in Israel beginning at age 6 and is the largest youth movement there. Every year four groups of 10 youths, ages 16 and 17, are chosen from a pool of 60,000 Israeli Scouts to come to the United States to spend their summer crisscrossing the country and performing to tens of thousands of people. There will be a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. prior to their performance. There is a charge for dinner but not for the performance. Reservations are required for both and can be made by contacting or by calling the temple office at (412) 372-1200.

The 11th annual Women’s Summer Learning Program, “Torah and the Science of Hope,” will hold its opening event Sunday, July 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall. The event runs through July 25 and features Debbie Greenblatt, Sara Esther Nissan and Tami Frank. Contact Shelly Itskowitz, women’s program director at Kollel Jewish Learning Center, at (412) 420-0220 Ext. 208 or for schedule and more information.

Dr. Annabelle Joseph, a Squirrel Hill native and the director of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Marta Sanches Dalcroze Training Center, is recruiting active seniors to participate in a unique opportunity to demonstrate the value of Dalcroze Eurhythmics for a healthy, aging brain. Participants in this fun-filled class will be taught by Ruth Gianadda, professor of music at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Her published research with geriatrician Dr. Reto Kressig in work with seniors shows positive results including decrease in falls and improved mental health. When teaching at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in summer 2007, Joseph saw firsthand the joyful exuberance of a class of seniors under the direction of Gianadda. This experience will be available to 20 people age 65 and over. Participants should be active and able to attend three afternoon sessions July 13 to 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Carnegie Mellon campus. No prior music training is required. There is a charge. Contact Annabelle Joseph at or (412)268-2391 for more information.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its free monthly lecture Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sixth Presbyterian Church, corner of Murray and Forbes avenues. Susan Rademacher, parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, will speak on the history of Frick Park. Visit or call (412) 417-3707 for more information.

Learn how to avoid psychological biases that may trap you into bad investment decisions, presented by Lee Wagner, financial advisor, Waddell & Read at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill, Namm Business Center, Wednesday, July 14, 10:15 a.m. Contact the library at (412) 422-9650 or for more information.

The Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers more than 15 free workshops this month for job seekers and those interested in exploring career options. Upcoming workshops include The Internet: Surf Your Way to Employment (July 16); Magnetic Resumes (July 20); Job Search Strategies (July 21); LinkedIn for Beginners (July 22); and Cover Letters & More (July 27). A monthly job seeker support group and networking club also are offered. All workshops are free and open to the public. All attendees must register in advance. To register go to–events.aspx or call (412) 422-5627 for more information.

Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, the outgoing rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, will be the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Poale Zedeck from July 16 to 17. Among Gottleib’s topics, he will speak on “Seeing the Past and Envisioning the Future.” Gottlieb has delivered guest lectures at many of Baltimore’s congregations and educational institutions. He is currently a regular contributor of essays on the weekly Torah portion to the Baltimore Jewish Times and the blog. He is involved in a number of communal organizations and is a member of the Vaad Halacha of the Rabbinical Council of America. There is a charge for the Shabbat lunch at the synagogue. Contact Poale Zedeck at (412) 421-9786 or at for more information.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Aquathlon Challenge will be held Sunday, July 18, at the JCC Family Park, 261 Rosecrest Drive, Monroeville. Participants must be age 13 and older. The race is set with adult and junior distances. Adult distances are 800-meter swim followed by a 5K trail run. Junior distances are a 400-meter swim followed by a 1.5 mile run. The swim is held in the long course 50-meter Olympic pool and the runs are on a wooded loop trail. Awards will be presented to the top three winners of each age group and gender. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m.; pre-race instructions will be given at 7:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow the race. Participants are invited to stay afterward to enjoy the day at the Family Park pool, grounds and concessions courtesy of the JCC. There are fees to register. Contact Laurie Wood at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 260, or visit</a to download a registration form.

Israeli violinist Lior Kaminetsky will perform at Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va., Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. A seventh-generation Jerusalemite, Kaminetsky earned a master’s degree in violin performance & musicology from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has performed widely abroad — most recently at Lincoln Center in New York — and has also appeared on TV and radio. There is no charge for admission, and refreshments will be served. Kaminetsky appears in Wheeling through Soul Train, an Israel-based program that provides Jewish programs and entertainment for small Jewish communities around the world.

The annual Jewish Community Day at Kennywood Park is slated for Sunday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jewish Community Day is not a fundraiser or a political event. It is a time for Jewish Pittsburghers to come together at Kennywood to enjoy a day at the amusement park together. Tickets will be discounted and kosher food will be available. Discounted tickets are available at Murray Avenue Kosher in Squrrel Hill.

Shalom Pittsburgh will hold a Happy Hour in the Garden Thursday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, 2705 South Water St.Contact Becca Lehner at (41) 992-5255 or for more information.

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