Metro Briefs March 17

Metro Briefs March 17

Members of J Street Pittsburgh participated in the National J Street Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.

Participants will share their reflections and experiences on Sunday, March 19 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in a “Post Conference Recap.”  The program will be held in the Goldstein Lounge of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh.

Rodef Shalom Sisterhood will hold its annual battle of the chefs, Steel Chef Cupcake Wars, Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at 4905 Fifth Ave.

After dinner, which will be catered by Tallulah’s, cupcakes will be provided to each table along with frosting and supplies to create a memorable confection. The winning table team will receive a prize and the Steel Chef bragging rights for the year. RSVP by March 22 at

The 11th annual Campus Superstar will be held at Carnegie Music Hall on Sunday, March 26 at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ted Pappas, producing artistic director of The Pittsburgh Public Theater, will host.

More than 100 students from local universities have been competing all year to be among the 10 finalists who will perform at Campus Superstar 2017, which benefits Hillel Jewish University Center. The audience will vote to select the event’s top awardees. The winner will receive the $5,000 Ellen Weiss Kander Grand Prize.

Sylvia and Sidney Busis and family will be honored at the event.

Contact 412-621-8875 or for more information. Visit to purchase tickets.

Chabad of the South Hills will hold a pre-Passover luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, April 5 at noon that will include musical holiday entertainment, Passover treats and raffle prizes. There is a $5 suggested donation. The building is wheelchair accessible. Call 412-278-2658 to register.

Pittsburgh Allderdice High School will hold the 2017 Hall of Fame Ceremony on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. This year, the school is proud to welcome Kathleen Marshall, Edna Campbell, Indira Lakshmanan, Sheldon Elson, Ed Rosenstein and Virgina Lewis into the Hall of Fame as alumni and educators that have left their distinguished mark on the world.

Kathleen Marshall is a Tony award-winning choreographer and director known for her work on Broadway.

Edna Campbell played for the WNBA for seven years.

Indira Lakshmanan is a Washington columnist for The Boston Globe and a contributor to POLITICO Magazine.

Sheldon Elson is a Harvard trained lawyer and is best known for writing and defending the Miranda Rights Law to the Supreme Court.

Ed Rosenstein is a documentary filmmaker and is known for works such as “The Right to Marry,” a feature length documentary about the same sex marriage movement.  

Virginia Lewis was a beloved choir teacher.  Although she has passed away, her legacy lives on with the students she touched.   

After the induction ceremony there will be an unveiling of permanent wall plaques representing each of the inductees, followed by a reception. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend; no reservations are required.

Contact Melanie Weisbord at for more information.