Metro Briefs July 17

Metro Briefs July 17

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an emergency fund to help victims of the constant barrage of rockets fired by Hamas into Israeli population centers.

Funds collected through the Federation’s emergency appeal will help take Israeli children out of harm’s way for a day of normal play; provide money and support to help victims of terror to begin rebuilding; and provide food, medicine and human contact to those confined to bomb shelters.

Checks can be sent to the Federation at 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. “Israel Emergency Fund” should be included in the memo line. Online donations can be made at

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh Chapter is hosting an interfaith symposium to discuss the concept of fasting on Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Al-Nur Mosque, 747 South Ave. Fasting plays an important role in the lives of Muslims, especially during the current month of Ramadan.

The event is an opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to learn about the concept and importance of fasting in different religions, therefore cultivating an understanding for each other. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites the public to participate.

Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, began on Saturday night, June 28 and will end on Monday, July 28.  During this month, Muslims cannot eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They continue daily activities while also enhancing spirituality and increasing service to humanity.

Visit for more information.

The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry will reveal a new Tribute Wall created by local artist James Simon at the upcoming Tribute Wall Open House on Sunday, July 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 to p.m. at 828 Hazelwood Ave. The new Tribute Wall will honor financial supporters who have helped the Pantry serve families and individuals throughout the community and will bring beauty to the Pantry and its clients and volunteers.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature artist presentations by Simon at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Contact 412-421-2708 or for details and more information.

The Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service will hold a career fair for adults interested in considering or continuing a career in the financial services field on Wednesday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the CDC offices, 5743 Bartlett St. in Squirrel Hill.

The upcoming career fair will include representatives from financial advisement companies throughout the region, including Edward Jones (named one of 2014’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” by Fortune Magazine), AXA Advisors, and Western & Southern Life.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for job seekers in the financial services field, individuals looking to make a career change or new grads who are considering this career path,” said Patrick Ferarro, employer relations consultant at the CDC.  “This is a great opportunity to get in front of employers and have discussions about qualifications and career options in the field. If you are a job seeker in this field in Pittsburgh, you need to attend this career fair.”

Ferraro also said job seekers may expect to meet one-on-one with representatives for brief, in-person interviews and discussions.

Individuals wishing to attend are encouraged to dress professionally, bring copies of a resume and research employers beforehand. Attendees should be prepared to discuss specific positions that they have found and applied to online.

Those wishing to attend the career fair must register in advance by calling 412-586-3728.

Visit or call 412-422-5627 for more information about the CDC.

Deborah Winn-Horvitz, president and CEO of the Jewish Association on Aging, plans to launch a pilot program to provide adult care at night for patients. Dementia patients have an especially difficult time at night, and many become agitated. Families worry that their loved ones will wander off in the dark and would welcome reliable and safe care for the Alzheimer’s patient and a brief respite for the caregiver.

The Nighttime Dementia Program will offer arts, exercise programs and music therapies to ease this phenomenon.

The July 11 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an op-ed by Sen. Pat Toomey on bringing to light the struggles of those associated with this devastating disease and how organizations such as the JAA are taking the lead in innovative Alzheimer’s care.