Metro Briefs June 9

Metro Briefs June 9

Temple Sinai invites the community to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a Pride Shabbat service on Friday, June 10.   All are welcome to attend a pre-oneg at 5:30 p.m. followed by the service at 6 p.m. The service will include readings and songs that celebrate both the diversity and the enthusiastic inclusion of the LGBT community in the life of the synagogue. Call 412-421-9715 for more information.

Local bands The Relics and The Mavens will be jamming together on Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Sports Bar, 5832 Forward Ave.; cover is $5. All proceeds from this evening of Boomer Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll will benefit the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry. Music begins at 8:30 p.m.  

Temple Hadar Israel invites the community for a free day at the Heinz History Center with the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives on Sunday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1212 Smallman St.

The Kaplan Crown will be presented and donated by Temple Hadar Israel to the History Center Museum, and the day will include a visit to the Jewish section of special collections, a multimedia presentation on the Jewish community of New Castle, tour of the Detre Library and Archives and viewing the New Castle Jewish community records.

Temple Hadar Israel will host a dairy lunch at the History Center. There will be free bus transportation from Temple Hadar Israel’s parking lot, loading at 8:45 a.m. and leaving at 9 a.m. RSVP to Sam Bernstine at 724-944-9169 or for the bus.

All other attendees should RSVP to David Schlitt at 412-454-6402 or

The Squirrel Hill AARP Chapter #3354 will hold its annual spring luncheon on Wednesday, June 15 at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills. Good food and entertainment are expected. Contact Frieda Safyan at 412-521-2804 for more information.

Tzohar Seminary will present an Art Gallery and an exhibit of student writing, films, acting and music on Thursday June 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday June 19 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on The Second Floor of the Robinson building at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill.

The Art Gallery will be accessible throughout the gallery time and rotating presentations will highlight the depth and talent of Tzohar students. These include: “Illuminations,” a screening of short films; “Page and Stage,” poetry, short stories and scenes written, read and acted by students; and “Miriam’s Circle,” a performance of music, dance and drumming for women.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a Sefirat HaOmer Quilt that was initiated by a workshop with fiber and quilt artist Louise Silk that took place in her studio. All of the Tzohar students collaborated in creating the 49 squares that represent the journey from Passover to Shavuot, with each individual square highlighting the psychological and spiritual journey that the mystics describe as the inner dynamic of the daily counting of the Omer.

Tzohar Seminary is pleased to have the exhibition hosted in the space that is inhabited by J Line, the JCC’s teen program, throughout the rest of the year. Rabbi Ron Symons invited Tzohar into this space and is happy that teens will have the opportunity to share their Jewish journeys through the art exhibition. Plans are already in the works for Tzohar students to lead art groups for J Line in the coming school year.

Congregation Beth Shalom invites the community to its second annual Pride Shabbat on Saturday, June 18 at 12:45 p.m. in the Helfant Chapel. The congregation will host Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage equality in the United States. He is an architect of the movement that led to nationwide victory in 2015.

This is a free event and open to all. Shiur, the discourse on religious topics, is sponsored by the Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee.

Congregation Poale Zedeck will hold a Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

There is a $12 charge for adults, and from 3 to b’nai mitzvah age, $6; under 3 is free. Contact for more information.

The Hollywood Theatre in Dormant will have a showing of the Laurel and Hardy film “Way Out West” on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. for Father’s Day. The film will be hosted by Laurel and Hardy fans David Newell, Mr. McFeely from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”; and Dan Kamin, who has trained actors for comedy moves.

The film is a newly restored print from the UCLA Film and Television Archive, so the film will be in its original black and white.

Contact for more information.

Pittsburgh native Bonnie Friedman will discuss and sign her book, “Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One,” a guide for working within the system to get the best care for someone you love, on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Classic Lines Bookstore, 5825 Forbes Ave.

The Pittsburgh Area of Women of Reform Judaism, Atlantic District will recognize eight area leaders in two categories on Sunday, June 26 at Rodef Shalom Congregation in the “Leadership 2 Legacy” event.

Six early leaders, millennial Jewish women age 39 and under, will be selected from a pool of nominees collected from the community at large by a selection committee of seven individuals, men and women, WRJ members and nonmembers, clergy and lay leaders.  Attendees will hear each of the six millennial women speak about her experiences as an early leader.

The two inaugural Legacy honorees, Susan Melnick and Janice Greenwald, will speak about personal paths to early leadership and the meaning of a lifetime legacy.

Laura Fehl and Rochelle Sufrin are the WRJ Atlantic District Pittsburgh area directors and planners for the event.

Visit for information on nominating an early leader.

Miriam “Mimi” Ginsberg will receive the Anne Copeland Remembrance Award during the Israel Bonds Pittsburgh Women’s Council 16th annual Chai Tea. The event will be held on Monday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the rose and perennial gardens of Marian Ungar Davis.

Contact Adrienne Indianer, Israel Bonds/Development Corporation for Israel registered representative, at

412-362-5154 or for reservations or additional information.