The Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service will provide more than 15 workshops for free this month to job seekers and those looking to explore their career options. Some of the workshops that will be offered are “The Internet: Surf your way to employment,” Aug. 20; “How to use the Pittsburgh Business Times for your job search,” Aug. 24 and; “Managing interview stress,” Aug. 26. A monthly networking club and job seeker support group are available as well. These workshops are free for anyone to attend, and attendees must register in advance. To sign up, visit careerdevelopmentcenter.org or call the Career Development Center at (412) 422-5627 to learn more.
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Pennsylvania’s second largest adult education agency, is seeking volunteers to teach basic literacy (reading, writing, math, computer skills) to adult students throughout Allegheny County. There are currently over 100 students waiting to be matched with a tutor. GPLC is offering a workshop for volunteers wishing to tutor non-native English speakers in ESL. This workshop will be held in East Liberty at GPLC’s main office, Aug. 23, 25, 30 and Sept. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. No foreign language experience is necessary. Advance registration is required. Call (412) 661-7323 or visit gplc.org for more information and registration forms.
The Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre is performing the plays of Jewish playwright Harold Pinter. The series began Thursday with “Hearing the Noise in the Silence: A Celebration of the Life and Theatre of Harold Pinter” and “The Hothouse” — a tragicomedy the British playwright wrote in 1958. Six Pinter plays can be seen o Aug. 20 to 22. Pinter, who died in 2008, was the 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Over his lifetime, he wrote 31 plays and 13 sketches. Contact the PICT at (412) 561-6000 for more information.
The Jewcy Film Series (for ages 21 to 35) presents the Pittsburgh premiere of “Holy Rollers” at SouthSide Works Cinema, Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 p.m. An after-party for 21- to 35-year-olds to follow at Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe, 2518 E. Carson St. OTB will be providing vegetarian food and live music. The film is inspired by actual events in the late ‘90s, “Holy Rollers” stars Jesse Eisenberg (from “Zombieland” and “Adventureland”) as a young Hasidic Jew from an Orthodox Brooklyn community who is frustrated by the constraints of his faith and his father’s poor business decisions. Seduced by the easy money and freedom that come from the dark world of drug smuggling, he lives a double life until his worlds begin to unravel. This film is rated R for drug use and brief sexual situations. The series is a program of JFilm: the Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum, Shalom Pittsburgh and J’Burgh, but is planned entirely by a Young Adult Advisory Committee. For more information about Jewcy events or if you are interested in joining YAAC, call (412) 992.5203 or e-mail filmfestival@JewishFederationPittsburgh.org.
Tree of Life Congregation in Morgantown, W.Va., will host a Holocaust-themed chamber music recital, Monday Aug. 30, 7:30 pm. The program features Allan Blank’s “Poems from the Holocaust” for mezzo soprano, double bass, and piano. The piece includes settings of three poems from I Never Saw Another Butterfly: “At Terezin;” “Man Proposes, G-d Disposes;” and “The Butterfly.” These are separated by settings of two poems in Yiddish: “Spieltzeig” (Abraham Sutzkever) and “Makh Tsu Di Eygelekh” (Isaiah Spiegel). The first half of the program will include the concertino by Holocaust victim Erwin Schulhoff for flute, viola and bass. The performers are from West Virginia University, including mezzo soprano Catharine Thieme, accompanied by her husband Robert Thieme, director of the opera program; flute professor, Francesca Arnone, and visiting viola professor, Andrea Priester Houde. The performance is free to the public. Contact Tree of Life at (304) 292-7029 for more information.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its 115th annual meeting Monday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall in the Irene Kaufmann Building, Squirrel Hill. A wine and cheese reception in the Ostrow Palm Court will precede the meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Jeffrey B. Markel will be nominated as JCC chair at that time, succeeding Meryl K. Ainsman, who is completing her term. The managing director of Perspective Capital, LLC, Markel also is a member of the board of the Hillel Jewish University Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Investment Committee of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.The following volunteer awards also will be presented: Rogal Ruslander Leadership Award, Ellen P. Kessler; Ida & Samuel Latterman Volunteer Mitzvah Award, James S. Ruttenberg; S. J. Noven Koach Award, Jamie Stern and Marc Adelsheimer; and Lillian Goldstein Senior Adult Volunteer Leadership Award, Vera Weiss.
Wightman School class of 1960 is holding a 50th reunion Saturday, Oct. 9. Anyone who started kindergarten in 1953 and would have graduated in 1960 can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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