Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a physician and peace activist whose three daughters were killed during the fighting in Gaza, will be speaking about his new book, “I Shall not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” Wednesday, March 2, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill. J Street Pittsburgh is organizing the event.
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee is sponsoring the Christian–Jewish Dialogue Thursday, March 3, noon, at the Church of the Redeemer (next to St. Edmunds Academy), 5700 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Use the Darlington Road entrance. The topic will be “Self-Defense and Just War.” The dialogue is free and open to the public. The monthly conveners are Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Father Dan Valentine, Rabbi Michael Werbow and Pastor Larry Kemp. Contact the PAJC of at (412) 605-0816 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
One of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, who rose to become arguably the highest-ranking American jurist in the world, is slated to speak in Wheeling, W.Va., in March. Thomas Buergenthal, who recently retired as the American judge to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, will give a talk at the Ohio County Public Library Friday, March 4, but that evening, he will speak at Temple Shalom following Shabbat services. He is coming to West Virginia to attend a Founders Day program at Bethany College, where he is an alumnus. Buergenthal, who served on the International Court from 2000 to 2010, recently published his memoir entitled, “A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.” Services that evening will start at 7 p.m. The program itself will begin at 8:15. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner will act as moderator.
Sherree Hall will lead a Jewish Community Center sponsored bike trip through Israel from March 6 to 17, 2011. Hall, JCC Sports and Wellness division director, will take the group from the Golan Heights to Masada, traveling nine to 32 miles a day, depending on the difficulty of the terrain. Part of the ride will be on the new Partnership 2000 Bike Trail in the Karmiel/Misgav region. The trip cost includes bikes, security, support cars, maps, insurance, accommodations, bike guides and all the logistics. Partnership 2000 and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh are co-sponsoring the ride. Contact Hall at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 374, or email@example.com for more information.
South Hills JCC and Chabad of the South Hills will host a pre-Purim seniors concert and luncheon, Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 p.m. at the South Hills Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Blvd, Scott Township. Contact Chabad at (412) 344-2424 or at Batya@chabadsh.com for more information.
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum will hold its 18th annual film festival from March 24 to April 10. Narrative and documentary films from around the world will be screened at the SouthSide Works Cinema and other venues throughout the city and suburbs. Film titles will be released in January. Tickets for all events go on sale March 3. JFilm is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Contact Kathryn Spitz Cohan at (412) 992-5256 or KSpitzCohan@JFilmPgh.org for more information.
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