Metro Briefs December 25

Metro Briefs December 25

Visual artist Rochelle Sherman will show her current paintings as well as her earlier collages in a solo exhibit opening on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 12:30 p.m. and continuing to the end of the month at the Undercroft Gallery, Unitarian Church, located at the corner of Morewood and Ellsworth avenues in Shadyside.

The Jewish Community Center in the South Hills, 345 Kane Blvd., Scott Township, invites everyone in the community to get fit in 2015, starting with the JCC’s first free Fitness Open House on Sunday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The open house will include: one-on-one with personal trainers; sample group exercise classes; $15 off the Lifestyle ReBoot program; personal training specials; a free pass for all group exercise classes, Jan. 11 to Jan. 18; and refreshments served in The Loft. Join the JCC at the open house and the processing fee will be waived and one month will be free.

The JCC-South Hills, built in 1999, houses comprehensive fitness and wellness facilities, a 25-yard, six-lane heated indoor swimming pool, a double-court gymnasium and an accessible outdoor playground. Programming for all ages and interests includes the Early Childhood Development Center, private and group swim lessons, summer camps, group exercise classes, personal training, sports and recreation programs and the SilverSneakers senior fitness program.

Contact Bonnie Livingston at 412-278-1781 or for more information.

Celebrate the Federation’s 21st Annual FUNDFEST by coming together to raise money for the community Jan. 25 to Jan. 29 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Oakland. A light kosher meal and snacks will be provided at each session. Contact Brad Stamm at for more information.

The Zionist Organization of America – Pittsburgh District is continuing a tradition that began in 1962. Scholarship committee chairwoman Phyllis Silverman announced applications for scholarships will be accepted now through Feb. 28.

The ZOA Scholarship Program is committed to the future of this region’s children. The program complements what they learn at home and in class by reinforcing their commitment to Judaism and by giving them an appreciation of the centrality of Israel to Jewish life.  The Scholarship Program is designed to encourage and assist student participation on approved educational trips to Israel.  The program receives funding from endowments underwritten by Avraham and Patti Anouchi, Bernard and Esther Klionsky, Harold and Marla Scheinman, the late Thelma Esman and the Novick family, in loving memory of the late Ivan J. and Natalie E. Novick.

Up to three ZOA Scholarships of $1,000 each are available to students who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2015.  All applicants must be participating in an approved program and submit a qualified application to ZOA.  Priority may be given to those who have never visited Israel or have not received a ZOA scholarship in the past.  Applicants must be Jewish and permanent residents of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington or Westmoreland counties.

In addition, the Anouchi Research Scholarship of $750 is available to full-time college students, who have completed at least one year, and graduate students.  Applicants may submit a proposal based on a topic of individual interest or choose from a list of suggested subjects.  Research proposals for the Anouchi scholarship will be reviewed. The awardee will be required to complete a paper on his/her topic upon return from Israel.  

Contact Stuart Pavilack, ZOA executive director, at 412-665-4630 or for details about the scholarships, applications or how to establish a scholarship in the name of a loved one.

Pittsburgh native Lissa Guttman has opened a here-today-gone-tomorrow pop-up business in Shadyside. Jacques Torres Chocolate is a seasonal chocolate emporium offering exotic creations such as chipotle-infused “wicked hot chocolate.”

Guttman, who recently moved back to Pittsburgh after a 10-year stint in New York City, worked with award-winning pastry chef and Food Network personality Jacques Torres to launch a line of successful chocolate boutiques in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Jacques Torres Chocolate is located at 813 Copeland Way.