Metro Briefs June 6

Metro Briefs June 6

Jewish Family & Children’s Service and NA’AMAT USA, Pittsburgh Council, will co-sponsor an upcoming Lunch & Learn with members of the Jewish Domestic Abuse Task Force, Wednesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Labor Zionist Center, 6328 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.

Deputy District Attorney David L. Spurgeon will speak on the topic of domestic abuse and the role of law enforcement. Spurgeon will engage attendees in a conversation focusing on what makes domestic violence cases different from other cases, understanding the dynamics of domestic violence cases and how law enforcement plays a role.

“It’s important to realize that while people are functioning in society, by going to work every day and going out in the community, they can still be victims of domestic violence,” Spurgeon said in a prepared statement. “It can be a hidden problem because of the associated stigma, and this is helping to make an impact on victims and the greater community.”

The Lunch & Learn is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring their lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided. Contact Bari Benjamin at 412-521-3800 or Marilyn Asimow at 412-362-9130 for more information.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service recently received the 2013 Alfred W. Wishart Jr. Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management by The Forbes Funds.

JF&CS and two other finalists, Community Human Services and Familylinks won the award.

“It is humbling to be recognized and honored with the Wishart Award among our peers in the nonprofit community,” CEO Aryeh Sherman said. “We could not achieve what we do at JF&CS without the hard work and dedication of our staff and board, the collaboration of our partners and the steadfast support of our community.”

The Wishart Award is given to a local nonprofit human service or community development organization that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in management and governance.

The award is presented biannually at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership’s annual Nonprofit Summit to one nonprofit organization in western Pennsylvania demonstrating excellence in best practices, overall management and leadership in the region.

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh is marking its 10th anniversary of funding women’s and girls’ initiatives in Allegheny County and Israel.

“JWF’s 10th anniversary of grant-making offers an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of the Foundation and our grantees, and the tremendous impact JWF has made in the Pittsburgh community and Israel over the past decade,” Judy Greenwald-Cohen, executive director of JWF, said in a prepared statement. “Funding social change is at the core of the JWF mission, and we’re proud to look back on 10 years of necessary, impactful change that has enriched and improved the lives of women and girls, as a result of JWF’s grant-making focus and priorities.”

Founded in 2000, JWF began making grants in 2003 to fund innovative initiatives and projects specifically serving and supporting the unique and critical needs of women and girls. Previous years’ grant-making cycles have focused on women and girls’ education and women’s economic security and empowerment.

To date, JWF has granted nearly $400,000.

Over the years, JWF has collaborated with individuals and organizations to increase the impact of grant-making dollars, advocacy efforts and community work. Notable past collaborations include the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Foundation (WGF), FISA Foundation and Eden Hall Foundation to create the Girls as Grantmakers group, which implemented the “girlcott’ against sexist T-shirts distributed by Abercrombie & Fitch.

JWF was also one of the first foundations to contribute to the Pittsburgh Promise, and was one of the founding members of the steering committee of the Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA.

More recently, JWF engaged in a partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to form The Center for Women, a Squirrel Hill based initiative intended to serve women throughout the community, including female heads of households, women in need, women who are newly divorced, separated or widowed or who are experiencing domestic abuse, as well as women in transition or undergoing hardship, in areas related to achieving and maintaining economic independence. The Center will begin implementing programming in the fall.

Karen Feinstein, president, and Nancy Zionts, chief operating and program officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, are in Israel this week to attend the 5th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy.

As chair of a panel on international innovation, Feinstein will deliver a talk entitled, “Containing Costs by Increasing Quality: Applying Lean Across the World.” She will highlight U.S.-Israel shared learning as a model for ongoing international cooperation in sharing best practices.

Zionts will report on Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative’s Partners in Integrated Care project in a session focused on models of patient-centered care.

Other health care partners from western Pennsylvania will join Feinstein and Zionts at the conference.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will hold its next free meeting Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave.

Jackie Braslawsce, director of information education at Temple Sinai, will speak on “The Formation of Temple Sinai.”

Contact Mike at  412- 417-3707 or visit for more information.

Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts will present a program of art, writing, music, theater and film by members of its class of 2013, Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill.

“Creation,” as the program is entitled is for women only, and an $18 contribution is requested.

Tri-State Region of the International Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs will hold its Biennial Tribute event and buffet dinner Sunday, June 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Beth El Congregation of the South Hills.

Reservations are required; there is a charge. Contact Cliff at 412-720-5686 or for more information.

The Squirrel Hill Project will hold its final program on “Past, Future: Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community,” Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.

The program will be a roundtable discussion with Jeffrey Finkelstein (Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh); Brian Schreiber (Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh); Rachel Kranson (University of Pittsburgh); and moderator Adam Shear.                         

Contact the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh at 412-624-2280 or for more information.

AgeWell Pittsburgh’s Adult Department at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will host Bill McKendree from the Allegheny County APPRISE Program for a program titled, “How Does the Affordable Care Act Impact Medicare and You,” Thursday, June 13, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., in room 202 at the JCC, 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. The program is free and open to the community.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions and learn about how they will be affected by changes in the Medicare system.

Contact the JCC adult department, Room 201 or call 412-521-8010 for more information.