Metro Briefs July 19

Metro Briefs July 19

The Annual Jewish Community Day at Kennywood Park will take place Sunday, Aug. 19. Tickets will be available soon at Murray Avenue Kosher and Creative Silver and Wines (Premier Wine Pittsburgh), on a cash-only basis at both sites, or online at using the promo code JEWISH819.

Kosher food by Mordy’s Cafe will be available in pavilion 4.

BBYO has selected Pittsburgh as the host city for IMPACT: Pittsburgh, three days of service, advocacy and Jewish values, from July 29 to 31. The BBYO Panim Institute is sponsoring the event.

Twenty-nine Jewish high school students, who are teen leaders in their respective communities, will do hands-on service, learning how to make an impact on their community and apply their leadership skills to effect lasting change.

The teens will also have the opportunity to learn about Pittsburgh, visiting the Duquesne Incline and the Carnegie Science Center.

The program will kick off at La Roche College in the North Hills. Olivia Benson, youth policy manager for Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, will address the youth leaders Monday and proclaim July 29 to 31 as “BBYO IMPACT: Pittsburgh Week in the City of Pittsburgh.

Seventeen Jewish women’s foundations — 14 in the United States, including the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, and three in Israel — are pooling resources to bring social change to women and girls in Israel.

Recent acts of illegal exclusion and discrimination against women in the Jewish state have spurred this action.

Under the name, The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund, the foundations have awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant to Itach-Maaki, the lead organization of Bringing Women to the Fore: A Feminist Partnership — a collaboration of eight women’s organizations in Israel.

Each participating foundation committed to $10,000 over two years  — $5,000 per year — according to Judy Greenwald Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.

The grant will be used to promote gender equality and women’s rights in Israel and minimize gender gaps on many issues through large-scale social and media campaigns.

“The project is a direct reflection of our organization’s core values and demonstrates the power of women’s collective voices,” Cohen said in a prepared statement.

The mission of the Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund is to raise awareness about concerns affecting women and girls in the Jewish and broader Israeli community, such as gender disenfranchisement and discrimination.

One example is the Orthodox schoolgirl in Bet Shemesh who was harassed and intimidated by a group of extremists in January. The incident generated media coverage, which spotlighted involuntary segregation of men and women in some public places.

Such practices have taken place despite condemnation by rabbinic leaders. The Israeli Supreme Court also has outlawed them.

The plight of Jewish women whose husbands refuse to give them a get — a Jewish divorce — has also been brought to the forefront.

A study on individuals aged 25 and over was conducted on a small cross section of the population in southwestern Pennsylvania (an area with high proportions of older adults) with the goal of examining how attitudes toward the aged affect growing old.

Researcher Jacob B. Steinhaus explains in his manuscript how people view the biological, psychological and social cultural conditions of aging and discusses the consequences of ageism (a process of systematic stereotyping against aging Americans and a person’s chronological age).

Individuals residing in southwestern Pennsylvania were randomly administered a survey questionnaire created by Erdman B. Palmore. “The Facts on Aging Quiz” (Palmore, 1988) is intended to demonstrate the many misconceptions about aging and is used as a stimulus to provoke discussion of growing old and attitudes toward old adults.

Using Palmore’s survey study, Steinhaus measures the percentage of one hundred participants residing in southwestern Pennsylvania who hold positive/negative attitudes toward the aged and contributes newly found information to Palmore’s research.

To learn additional information about Steinhaus’ research, contact him at

Poale Zedeck Sisterhood will hold three summer Wednesday dinners from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the synagogue’s Schwartz Social Hall.  The first one, a fish fry, will be Wednesday, July 25. Call 412-421-9786 for more information.  

Leigh Totty of Bethel Park High School, one of 13 middle and high school teachers and Holocaust center personnel from nine states, is participating in The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ (JFR) 2012 European Study Program in Germany and Poland.

The program includes visits to concentration camps, ghetto sites and Holocaust memorials. Through the visits and lectures, these educators will gain a deeper understanding of the complex and tragic history of the Holocaust.

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, created in 1986, provides financial assistance to non-Jews who risked their lives and the lives of their families to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Today, the JFR supports more than 750 aged and needy rescuers in 22 countries.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Career Development Center will offer job seekers 18 workshops in August.

Some of the workshops include:  Pittsburgh Business Times, Aug. 6; the Art of Networking, Aug. 13; Advanced Interviewing, Aug. 15; Life Coaching Session: Creating a Positive Sustainable Lifestyle, Aug. 16; and Transitioning to Success, Aug. 21, and more. Monthly LinkedIn for Beginners, LinkedIn Advanced, AARP WorkSearch 40+, Networking Club and Job Seeker Support group workshops will also be held.

Registrations may be completed at career Call 412-422-5627 for more information.