Coming up

Coming up

Dr. Annabelle Joseph, a Squirrel Hill native and the director of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Marta Sanches Dalcroze Training Center, is recruiting active seniors to participate in a unique opportunity to demonstrate the value of Dalcroze Eurhythmics for a healthy, aging brain. Participants in this fun-filled class will be taught by Ruth Gianadda, professor of music at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Her published research with geriatrician Dr. Reto Kressig in work with seniors shows positive results including decrease in falls and improved mental health. When teaching at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in summer 2007, Joseph saw firsthand the joyful exuberance of a class of seniors under the direction of Gianadda. This experience will be available to 20 people age 65 and over. Participants should be active and able to attend three afternoon sessions July 13 to 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Carnegie Mellon campus. No prior music training is required. There is a charge. Contact Annabelle Joseph at or (412)268-2391 for more information.

Learn how to avoid psychological biases that may trap you into bad investment decisions, presented by Lee Wagner, financial advisor, Waddell & Read at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill, Namm Business Center, Wednesday, July 14, 10:15 a.m. Contact the library at (412) 422-9650 or for more information.

The Goldstein Entertainment Series of Rodef Shalom Congregation returns with free summertime concerts for the community. This year’s series will run three consecutive Wednesday evenings. The kickoff concert is Wednesday, July 14, featuring The Boilermaker Jazz Band performing “American Hot Jazz & Swing.” Next is Wednesday, July 21, with Craig Zinger and vocalist perform “An Evening of Cabaret.” The series concludes Wednesday, July 28, with Schaffer, Schaffer, & Gray-Schaffer performing “Songs of the Greatest Generation.” All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation and are open to everyone. Call (412) 621-6566 or visit for more information.

The Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers more than 15 free workshops this month for job seekers and those interested in exploring career options. Upcoming workshops include The Internet: Surf Your Way to Employment (July 16); Magnetic Resumes (July 20); Job Search Strategies (July 21); LinkedIn for Beginners (July 22); and Cover Letters & More (July 27). A monthly job seeker support group and networking club also are offered. All workshops are free and open to the public. All attendees must register in advance. To register go to or call (412) 422-5627 for more information.

Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, the outgoing rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, will be the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Poale Zedeck from July 16 to 17. Among Gottleib’s topics, he will speak on “Seeing the Past and Envisioning the Future.” Gottlieb has delivered guest lectures at many of Baltimore’s congregations and educational institutions. He is currently a regular contributor of essays on the weekly Torah portion to the Baltimore Jewish Times and the blog. He is involved in a number of communal organizations and is a member of the Vaad Halacha of the Rabbinical Council of America. There is a charge for the Shabbat lunch at the synagogue. Contact Poale Zedeck at (412) 421-9786 or at for more information.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Aquathlon Challenge will be held Sunday, July 18, at the JCC Family Park, 261 Rosecrest Drive, Monroeville. Participants must be age 13 and older. The race is set with adult and junior distances. Adult distances are 800-meter swim followed by a 5K trail run. Junior distances are a 400-meter swim followed by a 1.5 mile run. The swim is held in the long course 50-meter Olympic pool and the runs are on a wooded loop trail. Awards will be presented to the top three winners of each age group and gender. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m.; pre-race instructions will be given at 7:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow the race. Participants are invited to stay afterward to enjoy the day at the Family Park pool, grounds and concessions courtesy of the JCC. There are fees to register. Contact Laurie Wood at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 260, or visit to download a registration form.

Israeli violinist Lior Kaminetsky will perform at Temple Shalom, Wheeling, W.Va., Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. A seventh-generation Jerusalemite, Kaminetsky earned a master’s degree in violin performance & musicology from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has performed widely abroad — most recently at Lincoln Center in New York — and has also appeared on TV and radio. There is no charge for admission, and refreshments will be served. Kaminetsky appears in Wheeling through Soul Train, an Israel-based program that provides Jewish programs and entertainment for small Jewish communities around the world.

The annual Jewish Community Day at Kennywood Park is slated for Sunday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jewish Community Day is not a fundraiser or a political event. It is a time for Jewish Pittsburghers to come together at Kennywood to enjoy a day at the amusement park together. Tickets will be discounted and kosher food will be available. Discounted tickets are available at Murray Avenue Kosher in Squrrel Hill.

Shalom Pittsburgh will hold a Happy Hour in the Garden Thursday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, 2705 South Water St. Contact Becca Lehner at (41) 992-5255 or for more information.

(Angela Leibowicz can be reached at