Metro Briefs December 30

Metro Briefs December 30

Beth El Congregation of the South Hills will hold a one-time public viewing of the film “The People vs. Fritz Bauer” on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

This film is set in 1957 Germany and is about Jewish Attorney General Fritz Bauer, who receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann who is hiding in Buenos Aires. Due to his distrust in the German justice system, Bauer contacts the Israel secret service, Mossad, and by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust, however he is concerned about the German future. This film is in German and has English subtitles.

The evening is presented by Beth El’s adult education committee and includes a wine and cheese reception and is open to the community. There is a $5 admission fee at the door, and it is for adults 18 and over.

Visit for more information and to RSVP in advance or call 412-561-1168. Beth El is located on 1900 Cochran Road.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave.

A discussion on “The Map in the Image: A 50 Year Effort to Combine Pictures and Maps” will be lead by Doug Cooper, Andrew Mellon professor at Carnegie Mellon University and creator of a number of murals in Pittsburgh.

Contact, 412-417-3707 or visit for more information.

Chabad of the South Hills will hold a Soup for the Soul luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon at 1701 McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon. There is a $5 suggested donation. The building is wheelchair accessible. Call 412-278-2658 for more information or to register.

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will hold the 2017 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition with a theme of Spiritual Resistance, also known as passive, nonviolent resistance. Students in grades six to 12 are invited to participate.

The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition is annually underwritten by the Hal K. and Diane Waldman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and it is sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh in collaboration with: J-Film, P2G – Partnership2Gether, Classrooms Without Borders and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Contact Rachel Herman, project manager/Holocaust educator at 412-421-1500 or for more information. Entry information is available at The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.

The Jewish Life and Learning Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh welcomes parenting and youth development expert Dr. Debi Gilboa, or Dr. G, for a three-part parenting series specifically geared for families with young children. The sessions focus on how to talk to your children about tough topics, the happiness of children and the steps that can be taken to create a peaceful home.

The workshops — all on Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — will be Jan. 22, March 5 and April 2 in the Falk Library of Rodef Shalom Congregation, 5905 Fifth Ave. Each workshop will feature a different topic.

To best meet the needs of families, each workshop will be live-streamed to Temple Emanuel of South Hills in Mt. Lebanon and Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park.

Gilboa has an extensive background in child care as a family physician at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, in addition to being an international speaker, author, media expert, regular contributor on “The Today Show” and mother of four boys. Her experience inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills for children.

Last year, as part of the Federation’s early childhood education initiatives, the Jewish Life and Learning Division of the Federation partnered with the community’s Jewish early education centers and administered a school, educator and parent survey. The results showed that parents of young children wanted to enhance their parenting skills, suggesting the need for Gilboa’s parenting workshops.

Ten local Jewish early childhood education programs and PJ Library, which is run by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, have partnered with the Federation to support the parenting workshops.

Contact Christa Maier at 412-992-5249 or for more information or visit

Community Day School will hold its seventh annual fundraising event, “Nosh and Groove” Winter Gala, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center at 980 Liberty Ave., downtown. The Winter Gala is the school’s largest fundraising event of the year, and it is expected to bring together nearly 400 community members in celebration of the school’s 45th anniversary. All money raised will go directly to support educational programs at Community Day School and to provide tuition assistance for families in need.

The night will begin with a VIP champagne reception at 7 p.m., followed by a short video program, dancing with funkadelic beats from DJ Soy Sos and gourmet dinner stations. The “Nosh and Groove Like It’s 1972” theme will evoke the style of the early 1970s (when the school was founded), and guests will be encouraged to dress in fashions of the era.

The focus of the evening will be on four CDS honorees: Community Leadership Award winners Scott and Ruth Apter will be recognized for their work on behalf of CDS as Grandparent Association co-chairs; City Councilman Corey O’Connor will also be honored with a Community Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding civic leadership; CDS Volunteer of the Year Eva Gelman recently completed a term as president of the school’s Parent Association; and Head of Lower School and Hebrew and Jewish Studies Tzippy Mazer will be recognized for 40 years of teaching excellence and leadership at CDS.

A raffle at the gala will include a basket of fine spirits, a gift card-filled treasure chest worth more than $1,500, a fitness package and diamond earrings.

Tickets can be purchased at Contact Jenny Jones at 412-521-1000, ext. 3207 or for questions or sponsorship information.

The National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section board and staff leadership determined that in order to focus on building financial resources, a staff position with 100 percent focus on fundraising would be necessary. Currently, fundraising falls within the purview of the executive director position, which as it presently stands, is too broad for one person to also drive and manage fundraising in an effective and productive manner.  

Executive Director Andrea Glickman requested to assume the newly created development director position once a replacement is in place. A search for a new executive director is underway.  

Contact Glickman at or NCJW President Laurie Gottlieb at for more information.