Metro Briefs December 29

Metro Briefs December 29

Kollel Jewish Learning Center will hold its annual Melava Malka Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill.

The dinner recognizes Torah scholarship in Jewish Pittsburgh.

This year, Dr. Dean and Chaya Pollack  will receive the Rabbi Shaul Kagan Legacy Award for their lifetime service to the community, and the dinner itself is dedicated to the memory of Allan Goodkind for his love of Torah.

Dr. Harold and Ronit Weisenfeld are this year’s dinner chairs, Dr. Jerome and Smadar Parness ands Naama Lazar are the tribute journal chairs, and Philip Milch is the annual campaign chair.

Contact Efrat Kagan at or 412-420-0220 for more information.     

Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee’s Christian-Jewish Dialogue will meet Thursday, Jan. 3, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., at noon.

The topic of the upcoming session is “Separation of Church and State, Part 2,” presented by Matthew Belgie and Rev. Bill Hower. Jewish and Christian texts will be studied.  The regular monthly conveners are Father Radu Bordeianu, Rabbi James Gibson. Rev. Linda Theophilus and Rabbi Michael Werbow.

The program is free to the public.  Contact the PAJC office at 412-605-0816 or at for more information.  

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh’s alumni basketball team will  play the current varsity team at the Jewish Community Center Kaufmann gym Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The game is free to the community; food from Milky Way will be on sale.  

Contact Danny Shaw at dshaw@ or 412-521-8131 for more information.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Career Development Center will offer job seekers 21 workshops in January.

Some of the workshops include: Cover Letters & More, Jan. 8; Pittsburgh Business Times for Your Job, Jan. 10; Phone Interviews, Testing & Background Checks, Jan. 15; Maximizing Tax Returns Using Credits, Jan. 28; and more.  Monthly LinkedIn for Beginners, LinkedIn Advanced, AARP WorkSearch 40+, Networking Club and Job Seeker Support group workshops will also be held.

Register online in advance at or call the Career Development Center at 412-422-5627 for more information.

Chabad of the South Hills will hold a seniors luncheon, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m., at 1701 McFarland Road. A guest from Life Pittsburgh will speak.

There is a charge; the building is wheelchair accessible. Call Barb at 412-278-2658 or for reservations.

Jewish Women’s Circle presents Making a Good Marriage Even Better, Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road. Guest speaker Chana Gittel Deray will share tips on shalom bayit (peace in the home). Light refreshments will be served.

Contact  or call 412-344-2424 for reservations.

B’nai Emunoh/Chabad will hold men’s Talmud classes with Rabbi Elchonon Friedman every Monday night beginning Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., at 4315 Murray Ave.

Melave Malka for boys in grades one through eight will begin Saturday, Dec. 29 (after Shabbat), at 7:30 p.m.

Ongoing classes open to the community are held Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Beth Jacob Synagogue, 810 Fifth Ave. Call 412-521-1477 for more information.

Squirrel Hill Historical Society will welcome speaker Oliver Byrd, founder and interim co-director, August Wilson Center, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Byrd will speak on “The Development of the August Wilson Center.”

Contact Mike at 412- 417-3707 orvisit for more information.