Metro Briefs September 23

Metro Briefs September 23

Congregation Beth Shalom’s Community Selihot program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom. The program will take a close look at why the sounds of the High Holy Days are so powerful.

Ohav Shalom Congregation of Donora will have its cemetery open for visitation on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Congregation Beth Shalom will hold a Cemetery Open House and Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Beth Shalom Cemetery, 1501 Anderson Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. The Stark, Adler and Balis families provided the Holocaust Memorial Monument.

Lay leaders will be available to recite the traditional memorial prayers at the graves. Rabbi Seth Adelson will be available at the cemetery until noon.

The cemetery is open for visitation during daylight hours except on Shabbat and the Jewish holidays.

The Homestead Hebrew Cemetery Open House will also be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Homestead Hebrew Cemetery, 107 Bellwood Road in West Mifflin.

Beth Kissileff of Pittsburgh will speak with Dara Horn, Tobi Kahn, Joan Nathan and Dr. Ruth Westheimer on the topic “Beginnings: Reading Genesis” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Temple Emanuel Skirball Center in Manhattan.

The speakers, who contributed to Kissileff’s book “Reading Genesis,” will talk about Genesis through the lens of their particular field.

Kissileff is also the author of the upcoming novel “Questioning Return.”

Contact  or 212-507-9580 for more information.

AgeWell at the Jewish Community Center is offering the Jewish-Focused Aging Mastery, a health and wellness program with a Jewish focus, to participants age 60 and older, on Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting Sept. 28, at the JCC, 5738 Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill.

This 12-week program consists of the standard Aging Mastery Program (AMP) core curriculum “bookended” with classes that connect Jewish spirituality and wisdom with actions proven to improve health and well-being. This program is in collaboration with the JCC’s Jewish Life Department, headed by Rabbi Ron Symons.

The Aging Mastery Program was developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and has been successful at helping older adults build their own playbook for aging well.

AMP is a fun, innovative and person-centered education program that empowers participants to embrace their gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others. The program encourages mastery — developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being and increased societal participation.

AgeWell at the JCC has received senior center accreditation through the National Council on Aging/National Institute of Senior Centers.  

The program fee is $118; reservations are required. Contact Sharon Feinman at 412-697-3533 or to register.

Jewish Residential Services invites the community to its annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29 beginning with a dessert reception at 7 p.m. and program from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center, Levinson Hall.

The program, Celebrating Leadership, will honor past JRS board presidents Kathy Hurwitz, Ruth Drescher, David Kalson, Libby Fishman, E.J. Strassburger, Ned Siegel, Jay Fingeret, Nancy Elman and Reid Roberts. Jeffery H. Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, will be the guest speaker.

Dietary laws will be observed. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Meeting co-chairs are Curt Brooks and Jeffrey Herzog.

Contact or 412-325-0039 for special accommodations and to RSVP.

Red Engine Press of Cranberry Township will launch David Harry Tannenbaum’s novel of an Auschwitz survivor, “Out of the Depths,” on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, 826 Hazelwood Ave.

The American Middle East Institute will hold its 9th Annual Business Conference, New Frontiers of Health and Annual Energy Update, Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Center for Connected Medicine, 600 Grant St., 60th Floor.

The evening session is at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Music Hall. Television journalist Dan Rather will be the guest speaker.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.