Metro Briefs January 7

Metro Briefs January 7

J Street Pittsburgh will have a program featuring Nery Ramati on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Library on Forbes Avenue. Ramati is an Israeli human rights lawyer who represents Palestinian, Israeli and international anti-occupation activists in Israeli military and civil courts in the West Bank. He also provides legal counsel to civil and human rights groups.

One of his most important achievements is raising awareness of the arrest and treatment of Palestinian minors under the age of 18 in the Israeli military court system.  

Ramati will share stories of his efforts to bring greater justice to minors, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the different legal systems operating over the Green Line.

The program is free and open to the public. Contact for more information.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Linda Nyman, co-owner of Penn Brewery, will speak on the topic “150 Years of Beer at Penn Brewery.”

Call 412-521-9132 or visit for more information.

Get ready to party like it’s the early 1960s New York City at Community Day School’s “Mad Mensch” Winter Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh. The Winter Gala is the school’s largest fundraising event of the year, and it is expected to bring together more than 300 community members.

The night will begin with a cocktail reception followed by dinner in the Grand Ballroom and dancing to the music of Gary Racan and the studio e band. The Mad Mensch theme will evoke the sophisticated world of a 1960s Manhattan advertising agency — with a Jewish twist — and guests will be encouraged to dress in glamorous fashions of the era.

Community Day School alumnus and Pittsburgh radio personality Marc “Bubba” Snider of Star 100.7 will serve as the event’s celebrity master of ceremonies. The evening’s focus will be on CDS alumni over the school’s nearly 45-year history as well as three mensch-like honorees: Clifford and Rosanne Levine (Community Day School Leadership Award winners) and Dr. Len Levin (CDS Volunteer of the Year).

Contact Debbie Iszauk at 412-521-1000, ext. 8600 or for more information on how to purchase gala tickets or become an event sponsor.