Metro Briefs June 14

Metro Briefs June 14

Deborah Fidel, executive director of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee has been awarded the Sonia and Aaron Levinson Community Relations Award for demonstrated leadership advancing intergroup relations in harmony with the Jewish ideals of social justice.

The award is given each year by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to a member of the community who embodies the values of the Community Relations Council and furthers the goals which the committee strives to achieve.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) and Beth Sholom Congregation are organizing a Nov. 11 bus trip for Jewish Pittsburghers to the west-central Pennsylvania city to help mark 125 years of organized Jewish life there.

Thirty-four participants have already registered for the trip — done in conjunction with the Rauh Jewish Archives — which will also include a riding tour of Johnstown’s Jewish and general sites, with afternoon stops at the Incline Plane and Flood Museum and visit to the Discovery Center to see “The Jonah Drawings,” by David Wander, a series of fresco-style works on paper that pay homage to this biblical story.

The trip, which is also sponsored by the Johnstown Jewish Family Service, will be part of a series of events from Sept 27 to March 31, 2013, marking the 125th anniversary of the organized Johnstown Jewish community.

Hadassah Shoshana Group of the Pittsburgh Chapter is having a summer brunch, Sunday, June 24, 10:45 a.m., at the Fox Chapel Mews II. Dr. Elaine Berkowitz, a dentist and retired lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves, will be the guest speaker.

Berkowitz will speak about her 38 years in the Army Reserves, her experiences as a Jew in the military, and her recent deployment to Kosovo.

Guest are welcome and there is a charge. Call Hadassah office at 412-421-8919 for reservations.

“Poland-Classrooms without borders,” a film by Duquesne University Journalism and Multimedia Arts Professor Dennis Woytek, has won a 2012 Bronze Award in the Non-Broadcast Productions – History/Biography category.

After winning a Telly Award for “Memory: A Holocaust Survivors Story” and “We are All Immigrants,” Woytek said, in an emailed announcement, “I am happy that a team of international judges awarded this to the production. It was selected out of nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video and to be awarded a Telly is a recognition that is rewarding.”

Squirrel Hill AARP Chapter 3354 will hold its annual luncheon, Wednesday, June 20, noon at the Churchill Valley Country Club. There will be entertainment. Lunch and entertainment are also planned for Wednesday, June 27, at Seven Springs.

Ruth Drescher, a Jewish Pittsburgh artist, has her work are on display until the end of June at the Square Cafe at 1137 Braddock Ave., Regent Square.

The exhibition consists of about 30 “Friendly Creatures,” images produced digitally, but not with a camera, and 10 photos of Petra, a small representation of about 200 photos taken at Petra on a recent trip to Israel and Jordan.

The Cafe is open every day for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and closes at 3:30 p.m. Contact Drescher at or 412-260-7997 for more information.

Shirley and Morris Shratter, hosts “More Than Just Learning” on PCTV, Channel 21, interview Dr. Bruce Dixon, former director of Allegheny County Health Department, on health issues. The program airs every Tuesday in June and part of July at 8 p.m. on Channel 21 and Verizon 47.

Their program about the computer wizard Jason Feldstein may be seen at YouTube, by searching under “More Than Just Learning.”