Metro Briefs January 31

Metro Briefs January 31

NCJW, Pittsburgh Section, is opening a “Personal Care Closet” at its Anathan House offices in Squirrel Hill.

The Personal Care Closet will provide women and children in need with a sustainable source of basic hygiene and health care products.

NCJW research and experience indicate women and children must often leave their homes on a moment’s notice and, finding themselves on limited budgets, go without the basic hygiene products. Until now, there has been no continuous source of hygiene and health products for this segment of the population.

The Personal Care Closet is the Pittsburgh Conference of Jewish Women’s Organizations’ 2013 community service project.

“Women and children living at the Women’s Center and Shelter, those in treatment at POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery), and those shopping at the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry will be some of the beneficiaries of this project,” Bonnie Rubin, co-chair of the project, said in a prepared statement.

NCJW board member Amy Platt, who co-chairs this project, added in a statement, “This is a perfect mitzva project for a bar or bat mitzva, an office community service project, or a teen service project.”

Full-sized containers of the following items are needed:

• For women — soap/shower gel, hand and body lotion, nail care products, hair care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, lip balm and lipstick, makeup, dental care items, shampoo and conditioner.

• For children — diapers and pull-ups for all sizes, baby wash, lotion and wipes, diaper rash ointment, bottles and brushes, bibs and pacifiers, and dental hygiene items.

Donations are being accepted now at the NCJW office, Anathan House, 1620 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. Call NCJW at 412-421-6118 for more information.

The Jewish Association on Aging’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has obtained a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS), the highest rating possible for nursing homes.

The 159-bed facility provides short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, social and dementia care.

CMS developed the five-star rating program as a way to rate nursing homes based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures so that consumers could compare nursing homes more easily.

The Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located on the Jewish Association on Aging’s Weinberg Village campus.

Contact Kathy Fuller at 412-521-2475 for more information.

The Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee’s Christian-Jewish Dialogue will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., at noon.  The topic of the upcoming session is “Leadership Qualities,” presented by Father Radu Bordeianu and Danielle Kranjec. Jewish and Christian texts will be studied.  The conveners are Rabbi James Gibson, Bordeianu, Rev. Linda Theophilus and Rabbi Michael Werbow.

The program is free to the public.  Contact the PAJC office at 412-605-0816 or at for more information.  

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its annual Youth and Family Wellness Fair, Sunday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.

The fair will include some 40 presenters, games, interactive activities and giveaways.

This year’s fair will focus on healthy living through sustainability, and attendees are encouraged to bring old sneakers, shoes or reusable bags to donate.

Free classes will be held in the Kaufmann Dance Studio. Other activities will include an interactive sports wall, ultimate Frisbee, health screenings and postural analysis, rowing, shuttle run — girls on the run, fitness stations, mobile music studio, drum lesson demos, interactive educational games about health, nutrition and sustainable living and Hula-Hooping.

The Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is sponsoring the fair.

Contact Marsha Mullen at 412-521-8011, ext. 380 or for more information.       

Beth Israel Congregation (Washington, Pa.) Religious School was re-activated this past year and has open, rolling enrollment.

Washington & Jefferson College students who are members of the W&J Hillel, teach classes for children ages 5 to 12. There is no tuition and students’ families need not be members of the congregation.

Beth Israel is located at 265 North Ave., Washington.

Sessions are held Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon at Beth Israel, beginning Sunday, Feb. 3; a detailed schedule is available.

Call Beth Israel at 724-225-7080 and leave the name and age of the child, name of a parent, phone number and email address to register a child or to request more information.

Chabad of the South Hills will hold a pre-Purim seniors luncheon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at noon, and will include a Purim program and hamantashen at 1701 McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon. There is a suggested donation; the building is wheelchair accessible. Contact Barb at 412-278-2658 or to register.

The Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Singles group, a grassroots organization of Jewish Singles, 45 to 65, is having a bowling party to celebrate Purim, Sunday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. in Squirrel Hill. Reservations are required and space is limited. Contact for more information and reservations.