Metro Briefs June 2

Metro Briefs June 2

Tiferet Greenfield is a new organization offering creative and meaningful courses for Pittsburgh women. Its inaugural five-week class, “Creative Writing: Composition, Poetry & Prayer,” starts on Monday, June 5 and will explore poetic genres and strengthen creative writing techniques. At the outset of each session, a 15-minute segment will highlight poetry within Jewish history and tradition.

Visit for registration and more information.

Jonathan Safran Foer, bestselling and award-winning author will speak at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Friday, June 9 at 1 p.m. His newest novel, “Here I Am,” has been released in paperback.

Tickets are available for purchase at

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Josh Shapira, manager, City of Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores and member of one of the Giant Eagle founding families, will speak on the “History of Giant Eagle.”

Contact, 412-417-3707 or visit for more information.

AARP Squirrel Hill Chapter 3354 will hold its annual luncheon, with entertainment and a raffle, on Wednesday, June 21 at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road. Everyone, including nonmembers, is invited. The cost for members is $22 and $24 for nonmembers.

Reservations must be made by Wednesday June 14.  Contact Ilene Portnoy at 412-683-7985 for more information.

Jewish Residential Services believes that having a safe, affordable and well-maintained home with the opportunity to make friends and reside in a supportive neighborhood close to family is a hope and dream that every parent, every person strives for. For more than 20 years, JRS has developed housing opportunities within the Squirrel Hill Jewish community for individuals with disabilities so that they could remain safe and close to families, friends and other community supports.

JRS and Verland are committed to opening another group home together that offers 24-hour care, seven days a week, in an environment that celebrates Jewish culture, with a kosher kitchen.

Identifying individuals with Consolidated Waiver funding who are prepared to move into a group home is an important part of the process of opening a new home. JRS and Verland, who have a successful partnership, invite all families with loved ones who have Consolidated Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disability funding

to attend a community meeting for more information.

The next informational meeting for families interested in the new group home will take place on Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library, 5801 Forbes Ave. A light, kosher meal will be provided. There is no cost to attend but space is limited.

To register for this informational meeting and to make special accommodations, contact JRS at 412-325-0039, ext. 103 or by June 23.

Attendance does not guarantee admission into the new group home. This is a nonsolicitation event.