Metro Briefs March 15

Metro Briefs March 15

Temple Sinai will host its annual Open Doors Celebration of its core values, Saturday, March 17. At that time, Louise and Michael Malakoff will be presented with the 2012 Open Doors Award for their commitment to the mission of Temple Sinai and the welfare of the Jewish community.

The Open Doors Award was created in 2011 to recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to advancing the mission of Temple Sinai.

The Malakoffs have been involved in Temple Sinai life since the 1980s. Louise Malakoff has served on the Religious School Committee, co-founded the B’racha Center and helped organize the Women of Temple Sinai. Beyond the congregation, she chaired the board of trustees at Carlow University.

Michael Malakoff, an attorney, has been exposed to social action since the 1960s. He attended the March on Washington with his father and heard Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. His professional work concentrates on preventing foreclosure of owner-occupied homes. The Pennsylvania Bar Association has recognized him for his pro bono work.

The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and the announcement of City of Champions Raffle winner.

Call Temple Sinai at 412-421-9715 for tickets.

Classrooms Without Borders is taking six area teenagers on the first of its Community Service Teen Trips to Israel.

The six teens — Jews and non-Jews — will spend the bulk of their time volunteering at a children’s village in Pittsburgh’s sister community of Karmiel. The village assists underprivileged Israeli youth who live in the framework of large adoptive families.

The teens also will participate in study tours both in the region of the village — the Galilee — as well as other parts of the country. They also will interact with other religious groups in the country, including Christians and Muslims.

The children’s village takes care of some 275 children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. They are counseled to join the village by social workers from all parts of the country, primarily due to socio-economic reasons.

Carnegie Mellon University is conducting a survey to begin a new alumni interest group, the Jewish Alumni Network.

The survey is being sent to specific interested participants, according to Monica Varela, assistant director of volunteer and alumni interest programs.

The Chronicle will have more information on this project as it is available.

Agency for Jewish Learning will hold a dessert reception to honor outgoing Adult Learning Coordinator Amy Karp for her many years of service to the Melton Adult Mini-School, Wednesday, May 23, at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Rabbi Danny Schiff will be the guest speaker.

Karp, who has been with the AJL, formerly known as the Jewish Education Institute, since 1997, announced late last year she would be returning to Chicago in May, where her husband, Dan, has accepted a new position. The Karps have spent 20 years in Pittsburgh.

As part of the tribute, AJL is establishing the Amy Karp Scholarship for Adult Jewish Learning endowment in Karp’s honor. Financial support to establish the endowment is requested. The agency’s goal is $25,000 to ensure that scholarships may be awarded for years to come.

Contact Ilene Cohen at 412-521-1101, ext. 3003 or at for reservations and more information.

Squirrel Hill AARP Chapter 3354 will hold their Wednesday, March 21, meeting at New Light Synagogue, 1700 Beechwood Blvd. at Forbes Avenue, at 1 p.m. Following the business meeting, The Ortners-Roberts Duo will entertain. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Contact Frieda D. Safyan at 412-521-2804 for more information.

The Great Jewish Book Give-Away at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha/Dor Hadash Campus, 5898 Wilkins Ave., will have Jewish Books Sunday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The give-away is co-sponsored by Congregations Dor Hadash and Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha.  The event will have a variety of free books from heavyweight to lightweight, and the community is invited

Contact for more information.

J Street Pittsburgh and the Temple Sinai Tikkun Olam Center for Jewish Social Justice will hold the next current events discussion series Wednesday, March 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Temple Sinai library, 5505 Forbes Ave., in Squirrel Hill. The title of this discussion is “Hot Buttons: One State, Two States and Iran.” 

Check for the readings to be discussed.

This series aims to create a forum for open and respectful discussion about current events related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.