Metro Briefs July 9

Metro Briefs July 9

David Schlitt (Photo provided by Senator John Heinz History Center)
David Schlitt (Photo provided by Senator John Heinz History Center)

Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a free summer adult education series on Monday, July 13 and 20.  Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

Ivan Frank, an observer of Israeli politics, culture and current events, will present the “Current State of Israel,” which will cover current happenings in Israeli society, the BDS movement and the reactions inside and outside of Israel, cultural and political happenings, the pressure of the international community on Israel, the Iran issue and Israel’s security.

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is located at 5898 Wilkins Ave. RSVP to Alex Speck at or 412-521-6788.

Chabad’s Yiddish course is returning to the Chabad Jewish Center in Monroeville. Participants will enjoy Yiddish discussion and Jewish schmoozing to bring back some memories of the Yiddish heard from parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts or just to feel good enjoying the “Jewish sounds” of Yiddish discussions and melodies.

The course will run for five weeks: Thursday, July 16, and then four consecutive Wednesdays, July 22 to Aug. 12. All classes begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 2715 Mosside Blvd. The $36 fee includes the student workbook. RSVP at or 412-372-1000; space is limited.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Career Development Center, along with its Refugee and Immigrant Services Department, will hold a career fair on Thursday, July 16 — tailored to refugee and immigrant job seekers — on the lower level of the Department of Human Services offices, located at 1 Smithfield St., downtown. Two time slots will accommodate workers’ schedules: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The career fair is appropriate for refugees and immigrants with legal status to work in the United States who have a minimum of conversational English through those with advanced English, professional skills and higher education. 

Attendees can expect to meet one-on-one with recruiters for brief in-person interviews. Some of the region’s top employers will be represented, including UPMC, Giant Eagle, Children’s Hospital and Rivers Casino. Nearly 20 employers from a variety of industries, including health care, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing and technology, have committed to the event.

Immigrant jobseekers will receive assistance from on-site staff to help them understand how job fairs work in the United States as well as coaching on how to present to prospective employers.

Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring multiple copies of their resume and research employers and available positions beforehand.

Visit for more information about JF&CS’s services for refugees and immigrants. Visit for more information about the Career Development Center and services for jobseekers and employers.

Carolyn Linder joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh as the early childhood education manager on July 1. In her new capacity, she brings her passion and experience in early childhood education to the tasks of developing and managing the Pittsburgh Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative, work she did previously at the Agency for Jewish Learning.

At the Federation, Linder will spearhead professional development activities for Jewish early childhood educators, and she will continue efforts relating to The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition. The exhibition will be the backdrop of a national symposium for Jewish early childhood professionals to be held in Pittsburgh in November.

>> Emily Richman moves into the position of associate director for development operations. She will focus on creating processes to streamline and enhance donor service. Richman will continue to fulfill responsibilities related to the Federation’s annual campaign.

>> Becca Hurowitz moves into the position of senior campaign manager, taking on some operational aspects of the annual campaign including management of fundraising teams and working with the campaign leadership board. She will continue to supervise women’s philanthropy and the Federation’s missions program.

>> Jessica McClelland has been promoted to database administrator. She will manage all aspects of the Federation’s database, developing system capacities and capitalizing on the capabilities of the database to improve donor service.

>> David Guzikowski has been promoted to donor services associate and will focus on reporting and personal correspondence.

David Schlitt, has been named the new director of the Rauh Jewish Archives, has a decade of experience in public history and Jewish communal leadership.  Most recently, Schlitt served as an archivist for the Elie Wiesel Archives at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. A native of Boston, Schlitt holds a master’s degree in American Jewish history from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Yiddish studies from Columbia University. This past spring, he completed a two-year stint at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Rauh Jewish Archives at the Detre Library & Archives are located in the Heinz History Center.