Metro Briefs January 22

Metro Briefs January 22

Congregation Emanu-El Israel of Greensburg will hold its next Festival of the Jewish Arts program on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at Campana Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Rachel Greenblatt, lecturer in Jewish studies at Harvard University, will explore the role American Jews have played in the development of television in her presentation “From Sarnoff To Seinfeld: American Jews And The Television Age.”

The program is funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Call 724-834-0560 for more information.

The Ima V’Ani weekly program for caregivers and children from birth to age 2 will have a guest speaker after the Monday, Jan. 26 session at the Jewish Community Center. Jennifer Balkey, an occupational therapist, will speak about child development, occupational therapy and early intervention, plus positions for play, tips for feeding and more. Contact Tal Perel at 412-521-1101, ext. 3202, for more information.

Employment options for individuals receiving social security and/or disability benefits is the topic of an upcoming program co-presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Jewish Residential Services as part of the educational series AIM: Support for Families of Individuals with Special Needs. The presentation, “Can You Work While Receiving SSI or SSDI Benefits? Yes You Can!” will be held Monday, Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the JF&CS offices located at 5743 Bartlett St. in Squirrel Hill.

Keynote speaker Anthony Bibbo, certified work incentive coordinator, works as part of the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentive Planning and Assistance program. Bibbo will discuss how social security beneficiaries can transition from total dependence on public benefits to paid employment and greater economic self‐sufficiency.

The presentation is free and open to the community and includes a light kosher meal at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Linda Marino at lmarino@jfcspgh.orgor call 412-422-7200 for more information or to register. 

The American Technion Society will hold a presentation on “Can Silicon Chips Treat Cancer?” on Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Ester Segal of the Technion University faculty of biotechnology and food engineering and the laboratory of multifunctional nanomaterials is the guest speaker.

Light fare will be served in Aaron Court at 5:30 p.m.; the presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m. in Levy Hall.

The Jack Buncher Foundation is underwriting the evening; there is no charge to attend. Contact Doreen Bernstein at or 248-593-6760 to make reservations.

The Community Day School Parent Association welcomes Pittsburgh-area parents to “Kids: Instructions Not Included! What is your parenting style?” on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parenting coach Dr. Sue Berman will present the second of a three-part educational series on raising strong, resilient children. She will lead an open conversation about parenting styles and share ideas and wisdom about how different styles can actually complement each other.

The event will take place at Community Day School, 6424, Forward Ave. in Squirrel Hill. RSVP to by Jan. 27.

Congregation Dor Hadash invites the community to an evening on klezmer music on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 5898 Wilkins Ave.

Rabbi Doris Dyen and University of Pittsburgh professor Deane Root, who are musicologists and klezmer musicians, will present an overview of klezmer music. They will discuss the origins and the instruments of klezmer and how it has changed over time as well as its recent revival. Dyen and Root will demonstrate the characteristic sounds, melodies, techniques and variety of klezmer, and where to hear such music in Pittsburgh.

Make reservations to attend by Jan. 23 at or 412-422-5158.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, along with Jewish Federations of North America, has created a France Emergency Fund for those interested in contributing specifically to help the Jewish community in France. Contributions will help improve security and resilience for Jewish organizations in France and provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the terror attacks.

Visit to make a donation.

The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites nonprofits serving Jewish Pittsburgh to apply for grants. A total of $700,000 will be awarded, with individual grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

In 2015 the Foundation will make the funds available to one-time programs and projects that will address vital human services, support lifelong Jewish learning and nurture the vibrancy of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. The Foundation will give special consideration to projects that advance the quality of — or access to — Jewish education, Jewish teen camping or Israel travel.

Although grantees must be nonprofit organizations, individuals with creative ideas are encouraged to contact the Foundation, which might be able match individuals to sponsoring organizations. Application materials and information are available at

Grant applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, March 6 to be considered for the 2015 spring grant cycle. The Foundation will notify awardees in June. If applicants need grant decisions or funds before July 1, the nonprofits may request expedited review.

Contact Ilene Rinn, senior manager of planning and allocations at or 412-992-5213, or Dina Shvetsov, manager of Jewish education and continuity, at or 412-992-5227 for more information.

The Yiddish Book Center announces the launch of its Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop, a new program designed to help teachers at Jewish secondary and supplementary schools introduce modern Jewish literary and cultural materials into their classrooms. The program builds on the Center’s established Great Jewish Books Summer Program for high school students.

Twenty secondary and supplementary teachers will be accepted to participate in the weeklong summer workshop at the Center, in Amherst, Mass., where they will consider how to integrate more modern Jewish literary and cultural materials into their curricula. The participants will attend seminars and workshops on modern Jewish culture and on pedagogy and curriculum planning as well as talks by visiting authors and artists. The workshop is open to teachers in a variety of disciplines, including language arts, English, Jewish history, American history and social studies.

Teachers will continue to receive support in the following academic year, including one-on-one mentorship from scholars and will also participate in monthly virtual meetings with peers and faculty and take part in a private social media forum. All of these initiatives will support them as they integrate new Jewish cultural materials into their classrooms.

Applications for the workshop, which runs from July 26 to July 31, are due by April 14. All teachers accepted to the program will receive full scholarships covering the cost of the workshop as well as room and board. Each participant will receive a travel subsidy and personal stipend totaling $750.

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