Metro Briefs February 6

Metro Briefs February 6

Jay and Margaret Angel
Jay and Margaret Angel

The Kollel Jewish Learning Center will hold its Annual Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center’s Levinson Hall.  

Jay and Margaret Angel are this year’s guests of honor and recipients of the Rabbi Shaul Kagan Legacy Award in recognition of their dedication to Torah and outstanding service to the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.  

The Kollel Jewish Learning Center serves as a Torah Center, making Torah study accessible for community, regardless of level of observance or prior Jewish knowledge.

Contact Stacie Stufflebeam at 412-420-0220, ext. 212 or for more information and reservations.

J Street Pittsburgh will hold the second in a series of presentations about its national organization’s four major core issues in the peace negotiations, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m., at the Squirrel Hill branch of Carnegie Library, Room B.

The title of the presentation is, “Can Palestinian Refugees’ Needs Be Met While Preserving Israel as a Jewish State?”

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Tickets for the Feb. 13 “Music for the Spirit” concert at Heinz Hall are being distributed through the Holocaust Center, not the Heinz Hall box office.

People interested in that program, should contact Samantha Chilton at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh at 412-421-1500 or The tickets are free.

The concert features a chamber group of PSO musicians (not the entire orchestra). They are Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jennifer Ross, Tatjana Mead-Chamis and David Premo.

New Light Congregation is holding an ongoing lecture series “The Book That Changed My Life.” Area personalities will discuss the inspiring literature that has shaped their mind and spirit.

The first presenter is Gabe Goldman, director of experiential education at the Agency for Jewish Learning, who will discuss the book that changed his life, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” by Robert M Pirsig, Monday Feb. 17, at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the Eye & Ear Foundation, will launch a public awareness initiative on Friday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at JHF’s QI2T Center in Centre City Tower, Downtown.

The goal of the initiative is to save lives by decreasing preventable cancers through increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations.

Joan Cates, an expert on interdisciplinary health communications at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose research focuses on HPV related diseases, will launch the initiative with a presentation followed by a discussion about the importance of reversing the low vaccination rates in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, infecting approximately 79 million Americans. While most strains of the virus go away by themselves, certain strains can lead to genital warts, and potentially deadly cervical, genital and oral cancers.

The Eye & Ear Foundation approached JHF because of its history of developing successful community-based health campaigns.

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“More Than Just Learning” hosts Shirley and Morris Shratter discuss education in Russia and the United States with Russian immigrant Jenny Milson and Pat Crawford, former public affairs director at Pittsburgh Public Schools during the Cold War years. The two systems will be compared.

The program airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in February on Comcast Channel 21 and Verizon 47 in Pittsburgh only.

Beth Israel Center will hold the second lecture of its lecture series, Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Jon Delano, political reporter for KDKA-TV. The title of his talk is “Current Political Issues.” The lecture is free to the community.

Chabad of the South Hill’s Jewish Women’s Circle presents Esther’s Inner and Outer Beauty on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon.

Guest speaker Nami Friedman will take a behind the scenes look at Queen Esther’s life. Bassie Baruch of Studio E. in Greenfield will provide makeup and beauty tips. The suggested donation is $10.

Contact Batya Rosenblum at or call 412-344-2424 for more information.