Metro Briefs August 18

Metro Briefs August 18

Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming, a magic show, sports, and arts and crafts. A barbecue lunch will be provided. The picnic is open to the community. Contact Alex Speck at or 412-521-6788 for more information and to RSVP.

Chabad of the South Hills will host Torah & Tea for Women on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Lieba Rudolph on the topic of what redemption means and why it is good for the Jews, and everyone. Call 412-344-2424 or for more information and location.

The Kohelet Foundation announced the inaugural year of its Kohelet Prize. The unrestricted $36,000 prize will be awarded to educators or teams of educators, who currently work in Jewish day schools and whose work demonstrates a progressive approach to education in the following six categories: Interdisciplinary Integration; Real-World Learning; Learning Environment; Differentiated Instruction; Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking; and Risk Taking and Failure.

To submit an entry, educators will share their work by uploading it directly to the Kohelet Prize website at, starting Sept. 29 until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 29.

To promote an open source culture within the field, the Kohelet Foundation plans to create a searchable database of all entries. The database will be accessible, after the close of submissions, via the Kohelet Prize website.

A panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience will select the winning entries.

The Kohelet Prizes will be awarded in early 2017. Visit for more information.

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society offers several scholarships for Pennsylvania residents enrolled in fully accredited medical schools. Additional scholarships are offered throughout the year, and information can be found on the Foundation’s website at

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full time in an accredited Pennsylvania medical school.

Allegheny County Medical Society’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the fund for the ACMS Foundation, which encourages physicians to contribute to the scholarship to help area students offset the cost of medical education. In 2004, ACMS Foundation established the scholarship and distributed its first award in 2007.