Metro Briefs September 9

Metro Briefs September 9

Temple Sinai will hold an Open House and Sinai at 70 Shabbat Service on Friday, Sept. 9. The Open House begins at 6 p.m. and the service and special oneg at 7 p.m. For more information on Sinai at 70 upcoming programs, questions about planned giving, and/or to donate to Temple Sinai, contact Barry Rudel, development director at 412-421-9715 x 133 or

Messages of the Torah,” a close up look at the Torah and haftorah readings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for men and women, begins Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, 5808 Beacon St.

The Carnegie Shul will present a free klezmer concert on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. with Henry Shapiro and Steel City Klezmorim, at 500 Chestnut Street, Carnegie, PA 15106. RSVP at or call 412-561-1261.

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 to 8 p.m. and will include a tour, talk and dinner. The fee for each event is $20, and advance reservations are require 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.

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. Contact Stacie Stufflebeam at 412-420-0220, ext. 212 or for more information and to RSVP.

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.

We Remember: A Concert to Celebrate the Inner Life of Anne Frank” will occur on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave. Carnegie, Pa. Pittsburgh contralto Daphne Alderson and Philadelphia pianist Norma Meyer will perform the season premiere of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s Listen Locally series. “We Remember” includes three lieder by Gustav Mahler; “Kleine Prelude van Ravel” by Dutch composer Leo Smit (who, with his wife, died at Sobibor); two spirituals; “Alone,” Maya Angelou’s poem set to music by Pittsburgh composer Douglas Levine and “I Remember,” a piece commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in 1996, with music by Michael Cohen and lyrics by Enid Futterman. Dessert reception with the performers follows the performance. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Student tickets are $5. For tickets go to or call 412-276-3456.

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; 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, while offering 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 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.

For more information and to RSVP visit 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. Musical entertainment and Rosh Hashanah salads and desserts will be provided. 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 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 Contact or call 412-421-3561 for more information.

A Pre High Holiday Seniors Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. at Chabad of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon. Special guest speaker, shofar making presentation, High Holiday-themed music, and lunch with honey cake. Wheelchair accessible.

There is a $5 suggested donation. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. RSVP to Barb at 412-278-2658 or

Chabad House on Campus will celebrate its 28th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 7 p.m. at the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom at the University of Pittsburgh. The theme of the evening, “Making Magic Together,” will showcase how Chabad House and surrounding Pittsburgh universities partner in offering students educational opportunities, as well as cultural and spiritual experiences. Entertainment by award-winning Israeli magician, Asael Dreyer. RSVP and purchase ads online at

Temple David is sponsoring a trip to Europe, from July 10 to July 21, 2017. The trip includes Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and Prague.

The brochure and itinerary are available at or call Temple David at 412-372-1200 for information. The trip is open to everyone; the deadline to register is Nov. 1.