Coming up in Jewish Pittsburgh update

Coming up in Jewish Pittsburgh update

South Hills Yom Ha’Atzmaut Event will be held Wednesday, April 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills, 345 Kane Boulevard, Pittsburgh. Contact Teddi Jacobson at (412) 992-5207 or for more information.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program, will present the 2010 Middle School Musical, “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”
Kathy Wayne, JCC dance director, directed the show, which involves 60 middle school youth from 10 different schools.
Performances will be held in the Katz Performing Arts Center Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Contact the JCC at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 852 or for tickets.

Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol will hold its fourth annual spring cleanup Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at the corner of Forbes and Murray avenues by the Carnegie Library Squirrel Hill. They will pick up trash and collect recyclable items in the business district and surrounding streets of Squirrel Hill. All necessary supplies will be provided in addition to refreshments contributed by local businesses. Participants may clean up areas of their choice or can accept assignments for specific trouble spots. All volunteers are asked to devote at least one hour to the cleanup.
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is sponsoring the cleanup.
Contact Bicky Goldszer at or the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition at (412) 422-7666 for more information.

Knit One announced that it will host a book signing for Cara Armstrong, curator of education at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and author and illustrator of the recently published book, “Moxie, The Dachshund of Fallingwater,” Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., 2721 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill.
Armstrong uses a dog named Moxie, who once actually lived at Fallingwater, to invite readers into the lives of the Kaufmann family, owners of the famous house, as they savor their special space. This is Armstrong’s first book signing event since ‘Moxie’s’ official release, and her first appearance in the Pittsburgh area. The event is free; Stacey Wettstein, owner of Knit One, will contribute a percentage of all sales the day of the event to Animal Friends.
Contact Wettstein at (412) 421-6666 for more information.

Muncheon at the Movies, a movie series, sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America-Pittsburgh District, kicks off Tuesday, April 27, at the ZOA conference room, 6507 Wilkins Ave.
Five films, which are free to the public, will be shown all summer. Moviegoers are invited to bring their lunch; and ZOA provides the drinks.
The series will open on April 27 with the “Arranged.” Marian Salamon is coordinating the series. Contact ZOA at (412) 665-4630 or to R.S.V.P.

NA’AMAT USA, Pittsburgh Council will feature Ilene Winn-Lederer at their Lunch and Learn program Wednesday, April 28, at the Labor Zionist Educational Building, 6328 Forbes Ave. Winn-Lederer will talk about her book “Between Heaven and Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary.” Bring your own lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Winn-Lederer attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Based in Pittsburgh, she has taught illustration and graphic design at the Ivy School for Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information call the NA’AMAT office at (412) 521-5253.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Namm Business Center will hold a program on “Buying or selling a house: Learn what you can do to save time, money and energy,” with realtor Lois Harkness, Wednesday, April 28, 10:15 a.m. E-mail or call (412) 422-9650 for more information.

The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh will present a public lecture, “Revolution, Diplomacy and Ethnicity: Cuba, Israel and the Jewish community from 1959 to 1973,” by Margalit Bejarano, Friday, April 30, noon, at 703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall.
The lecture will analyze the political relations between Cuba and Israel and their impact on the status of the Jewish community of Cuba from the revolution until the severance of the diplomatic ties by Castro. During the early period that followed the revolution, the relations between Israel and Cuba were friendly, although both sides had to keep a low profile because of their allies in the Cold War.
Bejarano is a senior researcher at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her courses focus on the history and culture of Spain, Cuba, and the Caribbean world. She is an expert on the Sephardic communities of Latin America as well as Cuban Jewry.