Metro Briefs September 2

Metro Briefs September 2

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invite the neighborhood to hear developers Kris Senko and Jack Benoff present proposed plans for community comment and information on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Senko, of Senko Construction, has proposed 12 new single-family homes with two-car parking garages at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. and will give a presentation from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.
Benoff, of Solara Ventures, has proposed a five-story, multifamily building with 39 units and 60 interior parking spaces on 2710 Murray Ave., a site that includes the former Burton L. Hirsch Funeral Home, and will make a presentation from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting, in anticipation of the Pittsburgh City Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing in consideration of this project, will be held at the Jewish Community Center, room 202.
Contact 412-944-6687 or visit for more information.

Chabad of Squirrel Hill will sponsor two “Mystery of the Mikvah” events for women to tour the new mikvah and learn more about the ritual.
The first event will take place on Monday, Sept. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. and will include a tour, talk and lunch. The second event will take place on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include a tour, talk and dinner. The fee for each event is $20, and advance reservations are required at
Contact or 412-421-3561 for more information.

The Center for Women, a project of National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section and the Jewish Women’s Foundation, will celebrate three years of helping women find solid ground on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at 1620 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to or 412-421-4400 by Sept. 6.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer at 5700 Forbes Ave. Barbara Burstin, SHHS member and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, will speak about “Jewish Pittsburgh.”
Contact 412-417-3707 or for more information or visit

Kollel will present the Women’s Health Expo on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include informational sessions, a light breakfast, lunch and raffle prizes. Cost for the program is $36. For more information and to RSVP contact Stacie Stufflebeam at 412-420-0220, ext. 212 or .

Shaare Torah will present comedian Daniel Steinberg for A Kosher Night of Comedy on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The charge is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Snacks, beer and wine are included with admission.
Contact David Chudnow at or 248-762-3667 for more information or to RSVP.

The book launch celebration of “Her Deeds Sing Her Praises,” edited by Eileen Lane, Eric Lidji and Lois Michaels, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. Doors open at 10 a.m. for light bites; and the program and Q&A will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The book recounts the stories of 21 Pittsburgh Jewish women, including Sophie Masloff, Bertha Rauh and Frieda Shapira. These trailblazers were community leaders and social reformers, entrepreneurs and professionals, humanitarians and philanthropists.
The 21 biographies offer insight into the often unheralded role of women in American social, political, educational and economic development.
RSVP by Sept. 16 to 412-454-6402 or Admission is free but does not include access to the museum.
National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section will present this event, which is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, with support from the Giant Eagle Foundation Endowment for Community Outreach and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Shalom Pittsburgh will hold the sixth annual Apples & Honey Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Anderson Playground in Schenley Park. There is no charge.
The celebration will include apples and honey, crafts, activities, a bounce house, shofar making and more.
ApplesHoney2016 for more information and to RSVP. Accommodations are available to include differing abilities. Contact or call 412-992-5225 with needs.

“Sweet Beginnings,” a kick-off event for “Love & Knaidels: Kosher Cooking for a Cause,” will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Chabad of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon. Unite with Jewish women communitywide and bake two apple desserts, one to keep and one to share. Enjoy musical entertainment and Rosh Hashanah salads and desserts. The charge is $15 to register and pay before Sept. 19, and $18 after. RSVP at or 412-344-2424.

Chabad of Squirrel Hill will host “Festive Flavors,” a kick-off event for Love and Knaidels, a project that brings women together to cook for community causes, on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St.
Reyna Simnegar, author of the cookbook “Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride,” will share some of her experiences as a chef and will guide everyone in making two baklavas, one to bring home and one to either donate to the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry or pass on to someone else. Additionally, there will be a buffet table of salads and desserts, with recipes available to take home.
The fee is $18. Reservations are required by Sept. 25 and can be made at For more information contact or call 412-421-3561.

Temple David is sponsoring a trip to Europe, summer 2017, from July 10 to July 21. The trip includes Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and Prague.
The brochure and itinerary are available at
2017TDeuropebrochure.pdf or call Temple David at 412-372-1200 for information. The trip is open to everyone; the deadline to register is Nov. 1.