Congratulations to Michelle Bisno, founder and owner of Modstone, for being recognized by Andy Armheim of KDKA as having the single most innovative product among more than 1,800 booths showcased at the 2018 Pittsburgh Home and Garden show. Modstone is a flexible stone with endless applications for both interior and exterior surfaces.
Dr. Matthew A. Keller will receive the 2018 Shore-Whitehill Award at the Jewish Family and Community Services annual meeting on May 17. The Shore-Whitehill Award, created in 1996, is named for Robert Whitehill and the late Barbara Shore and celebrates volunteers who promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the fabric of Jewish life through advocacy or direct service to individuals and families.
Jewish Family and Community Services nominated Keller for his volunteerism and leadership with JFCS, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Keller is currently in his third year as co-chair of the JFNA Disability Committee and was actively involved with the development and presentation of a roundtable forum on disability inclusion at JFNA’s General Assembly. He was a key force behind the Federation’s decision to bring the Rosh Pina disability inclusion project to
Pittsburgh, and he has been an active proponent of this initiative for JFCS. Awardees receive an original sculpture by the late Sylvia Plutchok, a Pittsburgh-based artist, and recognition at an event planned by the nominating agency.
Moshe Wasserman, son of Rabbi Daniel and Judi Wasserman and a graduate of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, was at the White House on March 27 during a visit by a group of rabbinical students from Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem just days before the start of the Passover holiday. President Donald Trump’s special Representative to International Negotiations, Jason D. Greenblatt, also has a son who is a student at Yeshivat Hakotel. Greenblatt arranged a tour of the White House for some of the boys and requested a short shiur (Torah class), and Moshe was asked to give a brief drosh (discussion). Following Greenblatt’s Tweet, the discussion was picked up by Israel National News, The Jewish Press and theyeshivaworld.com.