Coming up

Coming up

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer will lead a weekend of adult education at Congregation Dor Hadash from Nov. 12 to 14. The weekend, which will begin with a Friday evening service at 7:30 p.m., will continue with two learning sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Fuchs Kreimer is a senior faculty member at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia. She also writes on the religion page of the Huffington Post Blog, and is the creator of the RRC’s distance learning program entitled Judaism through a Reconstructionist Lens. The weekend will be built around the fundamental concepts of believing, behaving and belonging, which are central tenets of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist movement. A session for teenagers of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds will be included late Saturday afternoon. There is a fee for the weekend program, which is open to the public, though there is no charge for Dor Hadash and Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha members. The entire weekend will take place at the Tree of Life Synagogue at the corner of Wilkins and Shady avenues, Squirrel Hill. Contact Ruth Drescher at or (412) 521-5978 for more information.

Gilda’s Club and the Pittsburgh affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will observe pancreatic cancer awareness month in November. A lecture/discussion on the genetics of pancreatic cancer will be held at Gilda’s Club, Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2816 Smallman St. Sheila Solomon, genetics counselor, and Dr. Randall Brand, professor of medicine, will talk about the genetics, risk factors, testing, counseling and research advances for pancreatic cancer. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m.; the lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. Call Gilda’s Club at (412) 338-1919 for reservations.

The inaugural Children’s Tumor Foundation Arts and Crafts Fair/Marketplace will take place Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summerset at Frick Park Clubhouse in Squirrel Hill. The fair is in honor of 6-month-old Jonah Snyder who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when he was just 6 weeks old. The event will include 10 vendors, a silent auction and bake sale. Vendors will donate a portion of proceeds – some as much 50 percent – to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Foundation. Neurofibromatosis is a progressive disorder that causes tumor to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF can lead to deafness, blindness, learning disabilities, bone deformities, disfigurement and cancer. NF affects one in every 3,000 children born, more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease combined. Research at the Children’s Tumor Foundation is funding is shedding new light on cancer, brain tumors, learning disabilities and bone abnormalities that will benefit the broader community, in addition to those with NF. Contact Jaime Snyder at or visit for more information.

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