Coming up in Jewish Pittsburgh

Coming up in Jewish Pittsburgh

PAJC (Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee) is sponsoring the Christian – Jewish Dialogue on Thursday, May 6 – 12:00 pm at the Church of the Redeemer (next to St. Edmund Academy), 5700 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. May’s theme is “Spirit of God”. The Bible readings will be (Jewish Text) Numbers 11:25 and (Christian Text) Acts 2:1-4. The Christian – Jewish Dialogue is FREE and open to the Public. Please invite friends and colleagues to join our monthly discussion. The monthly conveners are Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Reverend Cynthia Bronson-Sweigert, Father Dan Valentine and Rabbi Michael Werbow. For more information, please visit or contact the PAJC office at 412-605-0816 or at .

Temple Shalom Hadassah in Wheeling, W.Va., will host its 22nd annual Chocolate Extravaganza Thursday, May 6, at the temple’s social hall. Chocolatiers from around the Ohio Valley will be represented. Proceeds from the program benefit Hadassah. Call Temple Shalom at (304) 233-4870 for more information.

Komen Race for the Cure May 9, 8:45 to 10:30 a.m.: Walk in the race

To Speak Her Heart,” an art exhibit by Leslie A. Golomb and Barbara Broff Goldman, will run through Wednesday, June 30, at the American Jewish Museum. An opening reception will be held Monday, May10, from 7 to 9 p.m. Beth Goldstein will provide live music. Ellie Baker Feldman will sponsor the evening. An artists’ talk will be held Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m. “To Speak Her Heart” is an exhibit of mixed-media artists’ books, lithographs, and installation art by Golomb and Goldman that highlight the artwork from an illustrated anthology of Jewish women’s prayers and poems they compiled. The exhibit includes more recent artwork by the artists not in the anthology. The artwork illustrates prayers and poems of Jewish women in the Diaspora and in Israel from biblical to modern times. The artists’ anthology is the first of its kind to bring devotional writings to the public, making them accessible to diverse audiences. The artists, trained in traditional printmaking and bookbinding, bring the writing to life through time-honored printmaking processes combined with new technology and various bookbinding methods. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Melissa Hiller, AJM director, at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 105 or at for more information

Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh Chapter teams up with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh for Hadassah’s annual meeting and to hear Doreen Welsh, former flight attendant on US Airways flight 1549, describe how teamwork allowed the passengers of this flight to survive and how her life was forever altered. The program will take place Tuesday, May 11, at 6 p.m., and will include dinner; there is a charge. Reservations are required; visit for more information and to make reservations.

“Between Heaven and Earth,” an art exhibit by Ilene Winn Lederer, will run through Tuesday July 20, at the Berger Gallery of the American Jewish Museum. An opening reception will be held Sunday, May 16; from 1 to 3 p.m. Daniel Berkowitz will provide live music. The events are free and open to the public. “Between Heaven and Earth” showcases examples of illustrations from Lederer’s newly released publication, “Between Heaven and Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary.” She depicts each of the Torah’s 54 portions. The exhibit includes a selection of illustrations as well as excerpts, in Hebrew and English, from their respective Torah portions.

Friendship Circle will mark its fourth anniversary with a celebration Sunday, May 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Drinks and dinner will be served and music will be provided. During the program, the 2010 graduating class, which includes 24 participants, will be recognized. Established in 2006, Friendship Circle helps children and young adults with special needs become fully integrated into the broader community. Participants join volunteers of the same age range in social activities. The ultimate goal is to create lasting friendships, which, in turn, will strengthen the Jewish community. Contact program directors Rabbi Mordy and Rivkee Rudolph at (412) 224-4440 for more information.

Community Day Schoolwill have a used book sale Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CDS gym at 6424 Forward Ave. All kinds of books will be available, and proceeds will benefit the Karen Rachel Hurwitz Library at CDS. CDS is accepting gently used books, videos and puzzles for the sale. Donations can be dropped off at the school Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help for unloading the books is available. Call (412) 521-1100 for more information.

(Angela Leibowicz can be reached at