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March 2018

Lost Worlds Found

March 19, 2018 , 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives

The community is invited to attend Lost Worlds Found with University of Pittsburgh at 10:30 a.m. at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Pittsburgh-based photographer David Aschkenas will tell stories behind a selection of his work focusing on photographs of the grand synagogues and Jewish cemeteries of Europe and his ongoing documentation of Pittsburgh. Aschkenas' work will be complemented by students from the University of Pittsburgh as they present new research about Western Pennsylvania Jewish history. Their work stems from…

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Books in the Burgh: “A Man Comes from Someplace,” by Judith Summerfield

March 21, 2018 , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Books in the Burgh: "A Man Comes from Someplace," by Judith Summerfield Join the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center for a reading, discussion and book signing with Judith Summerfield, author of “A Man Comes from Someplace: Stories, History, Memory from a Lost Time.” The book is a cultural study of a Jewish family from a shtetl in Ukraine before World War I to its lives on several continents in the 21st century. Summerfield builds…

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“Bagels Over Berlin” Rodef Shalom Sisterhood Movie Night

March 25, 2018 , 7:30 pm
Photo courtesy of Rodef Shalom Sisterhood

"Bagels Over Berlin" Rodef Shalom Sisterhood Movie Night description: “Bagels Over Berlin” is a recently produced film directed by film maker Alan Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg will also attend and introduce the film. “Bagels Over Berlin” is a documentary that tells the story of the Jewish young men who joined the U.S. Army Air Corp just as the United States was just entering the war against Hitler and Germany. Through interviews with 30 Jewish War Veterans the film reveals the anti-Semitism…

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April 2018

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

April 9, 2018 , 4:30 pm

title: "Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?" description: Thousands of miles from the Old World, on a sun-kissed island in the West Indies, a young boy named Alexander Hamilton began a most unlikely journey in the 1750s. His meteoric rise from Caribbean obscurity to American founder has long captivated historians and, more recently, theater audiences. Yet one crucial aspect of Hamilton’s life has remained submerged for centuries: the weight of the evidence suggests that he was in fact Jewish. Drawing on untapped…

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May 2018

DNA Successes in (and Despite) Endogamy with Lara Diamond

May 13, 2018 , 11:00 am

title: DNA Successes in (and Despite) Endogamy with Lara Diamond description: The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives welcome noted genealogist Lara Diamond, who will discuss the complications of genetic genealogy within endogamous populations. Diamond is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG and sits on JewishGen's Ukraine SIG's board of directors. She also runs multiple district-and town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors…

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Salute To Our Veterans

May 16, 2018 , 3:00 pm

Event: Salute To Our Veterans Date: Wednesday, May 16 at 3pm Location: Adath Jeshurun Cemetery 4779 Roland Road, Allison Park, PA 15101 (North Hills – > see above website for directions) Adath Jeshurun Synagogue was founded in 1916 in the East End of Pittsburgh primarily immigrants from Eastern Europe whose families fled the Pogroms. It Charter was signed in 1918 - 100 years ago! Annually, prior to Memorial Day, Community Day School youth, teachers, parents and Adath Jeshurun Cemetery Board…

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June 2018

The Hill District: A Bus and Walking Tour

June 10, 2018 , 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

title: The Hill District: A Bus and Walking Tour description: New Light Men's Club and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church present a bus and walking tour of Pittsburgh's Hill District, where African American and Immigrant Jews were once neighbors in this culturally diverse renaissance neighborhood. Tour guides from the Hill House and the History Center will guide you through historical remnants and the story of this colorful neightborhood where the Great Immigration from Jewish Europe met the Great Migration from…

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A Film on the History of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks

June 12, 2018 , 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

title: Through The Place description: A Film on the History of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks (PHLF) with remarks from Karamagi Rujumba, Director of Public Communications and Advocacy, PHLF start-date: 2018-06-12 start time: 7:30 PM end date: 2018-06-12 end time: 9:00 PM all-day event: recurring event: No event address: Church of the Redeemer 5700 Forbes Avenue event organizer: Squirrel Hill Historical Society event website: http://squirrelhillhistory.org event cost: Free

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Curtain Call! The Jewish Stars of the Pittsburgh Playhouse

June 17, 2018 , 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Curtain Call! The Jewish Stars of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Description: Before the Pittsburgh Playhouse officially “turns off the lights” at its Oakland campus and prepares to open its new theater complex downtown, join the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives in a celebration of the many Jewish actors, writers, directors, stagehands, patrons and critics who have made the Pittsburgh Playhouse an iconic part of the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh for more than 80 years. Come see glamorous photographs and fascinating…

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July 2018

A History of Freemasonry

July 10, 2018 , 7:30 pm

Squirrel Hill Historical Society event website: http://squirrelhillhistory.org event cost: Free Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:30 pm Church of the Redeemer 5700 Forbes Avenue Admission Free "A History of Freemasonry" Speaker: Austin Shifrin, Member of the Freemasons

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Americans and the Holocaust

July 17, 2018 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

title: Americans and the Holocaust description: The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Heinz History Center, is proud to host historian Rebecca Erbelding. Dr. Erbelding is an expert on American responses to the Holocaust and the War Refugee Board. She has worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as an archivist, curator, and exhibition research historian for the past fourteen years. Dr. Erbelding will discuss her new book Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to…

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August 2018

45th anniversary of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

August 16, 2018 , 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

On Thursday (not Tuesday) August 16 the Squirrel Hill Historical Society will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC), the neighborhood's community planning organization, with multiple speakers. Refreshments will be served and a panel of SHUC members will talk about the past, present and future of the organization. Church of the Redeemer 5700 Forbes Avenue 7:30 PM Free Admission http://squirrelhillhistory.org

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September 2018

Sally Kalson: The Early Years

September 5, 2018 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives

Sally Kalson: The Early Years description: Before she became a beloved columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sally Kalson was a young reporter with deep roots, a strong will, a clear voice and a desire to lead a meaningful life. Come see how she did it. start-date: 2018-09-05 start time: 6 p.m. end date: 2018-09-05 end time: 8 p.m. all-day event: recurring event: --- event address: 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206 event organizer: Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives event…

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Squirrel Hill Historical Society September Program

September 11, 2018 , 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

title: Squirrel Hill Historical Society September Program description: "How Geology Influenced the Landscape Programs of Pittsburgh Artist John Kane" Speaker: Albert Kollar, Geologist, Carnegie Museum of Natural History start-date: 2018-09-11 start time: 7:30 PM end date: 2018-09-11 end time: 9:00 PM all-day event: recurring event: No event address: Church of the Redeemer 5700 Forbes Avenue event organizer: Squirrel Hill Historical Society event website: http://squirrelhillhistory.org event cost: Free

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When the Smoke Clears: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Violence

September 13, 2018 , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ervin Staub (Photo courtesy of Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh) title: When the Smoke Clears: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Violence, a talk with Ervin Staub description: In this talk, Dr. Staub will discuss the role of passive bystanders in the evolution of violence and the power of active bystanders; describe his work in Rwanda to promote healing and reconciliation after the genocide; his work in the Netherlands to improve Dutch-Muslim relations after violence; the training he developed in active bystandership…

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