Metro Briefs June 21

Metro Briefs June 21

Cantor Ben Rosner of Congregation Beth Shalom and Joel Lindsay will co-host an evening of live entertainment, called Shul of Rock, Sunday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill Dunkin’ Donuts, at the corner of Forbes and Shady avenues.

Adult musicians, singers or spoken-word performers of all levels are invited to perform. Performers under the age of 18 also may participate, but they must contact Rosner in advance and be supervised by a responsible adult.

Entry is free, though $5 donations are requested.

Dunkin’ Donuts is the only kosher provider in Pittsburgh providing regularly scheduled live music. In addition to Shul of Rock, Pittsburgh musicians perform there on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Mo Nelson, Brad Yoder and Maddie Arnold were scheduled in June.  

Dunkin’ Donuts will continue to schedule performances Tuesday and Sunday as long as performers are willing to appear, according to Robyn Frederick, director of marketing for Heartland Restaurant Group, which owns the Squirrel Hill store.

Dunkin’ Donuts will also hold a Kids Day Celebration and Donut Party, Sunday, June 24, from noon to 2 p.m. Kids will be able to decorate their donuts and design their own frame or pencil animal.

The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will host Lafe Metz and Kurt Kann, authors of “The Locksmith,” Thursday, July 12, 5:15 p.m., at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, Downtown. This program is the inaugural event of the center’s “Meet the Artists” series.

“The Locksmith” is the memoir of Kurt Kann, a German-born American soldier during World War II. Told through the eyes of Kann, the story begins at Kristalnacht, 1938, when he was 16, and follows him 300 miles across Germany on a motorcycle to protect his family only to find their apartment ransacked, his mother brutalized, his little brother traumatized, his father imprisoned in Dachau.

Years later, as a sergeant in the 203rd Engineer Combat Battalion, Kann leads his squad onto Omaha Beach. He marches across the continent, leaving dead Germans and broken hearts in his wake. Nothing will satisfy him but a final showdown with the superintendent who betrayed his family that fateful night in 1938.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites organizations to participate in the annual, communitywide Volunteer of the Year program.  Nominations are due by June 22 and can be submitted at

The Volunteer of the Year program celebrates the work of outstanding volunteers and acknowledges the central role of volunteer organizations in strengthening the Pittsburgh Jewish community. In recognition of the volunteers’ accomplishments, an ad will be published in the Chronicle featuring the name of each organization’s volunteer. The volunteers will be publicly acknowledged at the federation’s annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Volunteers of the Year should meet the following criteria:

• Devotion of significant time over the years to an agency or organization;

• Service in a variety of capacities within the agency or organization; and

• Demonstration of commitment to the community by contributing to the federation’s 2012 Centennial Year Annual Campaign.

Nominations are limited to one volunteer — or two individuals only if they have volunteered extensively together as a pair. 

Contact Marilyn Navish-McCullough at 412-992-5251 or for more information. 

The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of ORT America will hold a jewelry and garage sale Sunday, June 24, at 2217 Murray Ave., (at Phillips Avenue), from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  More than 500 pieces of uniquely designed jewelry created by local artist Cathy Frank will be included at clearance prices.  Necklaces, bracelets and pins feature gold finish over solid brass stampings, glass and acrylic stones, Japanese cultura pearls, crystal, Lucite, wood and novelty beads.  There will also be children’s charm jewelry and jewelry components for artists.  Handbags, household and kitchen items, linens, furniture, children’s toys and games will also be sold. 

Proceeds from the sale will support the ORT technological and scientific schools and programs that provide education to 300,000 students annually in 60 countries, enabling them to become productive citizens. 

Ann Moliver Ruben, author of “The Memoirs of a Happy Psychologist,” will speak on “The Right Road to Happiness,” Monday, June 25, at 1:15 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. There is no charge.

Annabelle Joseph, director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, is recruiting active seniors to participate in an opportunity to demonstrate the value of Dalcroze Eurhythmics for a healthy, aging brain.

Research on Dalcroze classes with seniors in Switzerland, reported in the online Archives of Internal Medicine Vol. 171, No. 6, March 28, 2010, showed positive results including decrease in falls and improved mental health. Classes will be available to 15 people age 65 and over; there is a charge. Participants should be active and able to attend four afternoon sessions July 5, 6, 11 and 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the Carnegie Mellon campus.  No prior music training is required.

Contact Joseph at or 412-268-2391 for more information.

Hannah Schwartz, daughter of Howard and Ginger Schwartz of Upper St. Clair, was named 2012 Cinderella Mini-Miss in the Pennsylvania State Cinderella Scholarship Pageant held Memorial Day Weekend at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Winners are awarded prizes and scholarship money as well as an invitation to represent Pennsylvania at the International Cinderella Scholarship Pageant in Las Vegas, July 23 to 27.

In its 37th year, the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant celebrates girls and women for their age-appropriate natural beauty, poise, personality and talent. Since its inception in 1976, the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant has awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships as well as helped thousands of girls worldwide hone leadership skills.

Young Israel of Pittsburgh is hosting a scholar in residence weekend, June 29 and 30, featuring artist Yonah Weinrib, best known for the illuminated manuscripts he has created for ArtScroll.  He will exhibit his work with a video presentation Sunday, July 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.

Contact congregation president Frank Lieberman at 724-712-3566 for more information.