Metro Briefs March 20

Metro Briefs March 20

Giant Eagle and Field Trip Factory announce the Giant Eagle Health & Wellness School Giveaway during the month of March. This contest coincides with National Nutrition Month and serves as a tie-in to Giant Eagle’s health smart initiatives.

Giant Eagle educates local students through its in-store Be A Smart Shopper field trip. To celebrate the achievements made by more than half a million participants, Giant Eagle is holding a contest to support healthy living at schools and in the community.

Pittsburgh parents, teachers and administrators can enter to win the contest once a day all month at to win the following prizes:

First prize is $500 toward exercise and health and wellness activities/snacks and a health and wellness presentation from a Giant Eagle registered dietitian for the winning school. Second prize is $50 Giant Eagle Gift Cards and ideas for healthy snacks.

Congregation Emanu-El Israel’s Greensburg Festival of the Jewish Arts will be held Sunday, April 6, with an afternoon of Israeli dancing and food, at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road.

Lynn Berman, of Israeli Dance, will teach Israeli dancing, beginning at 3 p.m. Dinner, provided by Pomegranate Catering, begins at 5 p.m. and will highlight Israeli foods.

The community is invited to this family event.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and children under 5 are free.

Call Congregation Emanu-El Israel at 724-834-0560 by Friday, March 21 to make reservations. This event is sponsored, in part, by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

The Beth Shalom Health Initiative will hold the final session in its 2014 lecture series, Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., at 5915 Beacon St.

Kurt Kumler, director of counseling and psychological services at Carnegie Mellon University, will lead a discussion entitled “Finding Your Way To and Through College: Fostering Resilience in Today’s Culture of Stress.” The talk is designed for parents, current college students, and prospective college students to promote psychological health during the college years.

Kumler will discuss resilience, a key element in managing stress.  He will also discuss psychological resources that support academic and personal success.

The lecture series, which is free to the public, strives to increase communitywide awareness of current health-related issues by hosting local professionals who share their wisdom on a range of topics. The Beth Shalom Health Initiative is presented with support from the Fine Foundation, the Staunton Farm Foundation and UPMC Cancer Centers.

Contact Beth Shalom at 412-421-2288, ext. 108 or  for more information.

The Shoshana Hadassah Group invites the members of Ziona and Elana/L’ora Groups to a spring gathering on Monday, March 24, at Temple Sinai. Rabbi Ron Symons will speak about “Miriam and Passover, How Was Her Role Different From Moses’?”

Guests are welcome. The program begins with dessert at 12:45 p.m. There is a fee. Contact Hadassah at 412-421-8919 for reservations.

Lummox Press will present Pittsburgh poets Judith Robinson, Don Wentworth, Ann Curran and Jennifer Jackson Berry reading from the latest issue of Lummox, Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., at the East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Ave.

Call 412-224-2847 for more information.

Temple Sinai will honor Sara Stock Mayo with the Open Doors Award, Saturday, April 26. The celebration is in honor of Mayo’s 10th anniversary at Temple Sinai.

The Open Doors Celebration is a fundraising project for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Throughout April, Temple Sinai will be celebrating “10 Years of Songs in the Key of Sara,” in a variety of ways.

Visit for more information.

Temple Ohav Shalom will host an open community singing event by the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir, Thursday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue, 8400 Thompson Run Road Allison Park. No registration is required.

The event is part of the First Annual Appalachian Regional Threshold Choir Gathering, from March 20 to 23. Visit threshold or contact for more information.

B’nai Emunoh/Chabad will hold a restaurant night on Sunday, March 23, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., at 4315 Murray Ave. A full menu and take-out will be available.

Contact or 412-521-1477 for reservations, which are encouraged for seating. Supervision is under the Vaad Harabonim of Pittsburgh.

Temple Sinai will present improv group The Amish Monkeys, along with the Pittsburgh band Smokestack Lightening, led by the congregation’s William Cohen, Sunday, March 23, at 7 p.m., at 5505 Forbes Ave.  

The $30 ticket will include wine and cheese, desserts after the show and a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit the Women of Temple Sinai scholarship fund.  

Contact Louise Mayo, event coordinator, at 412-521-0725, 412-657-4408 or for more information.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Women’s Philanthropy division is hosting its annual spring event at the Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill Thursday evening, April 3.

The event is sponsored in partnership with the 21st annual JFilm Festival and will feature a screening of the documentary film, “Brave Miss World,” with special guest Linor Abargil, Miss World 1998.

The event is for women who make a minimum commitment of $1,000 to the annual campaign, and young women, age 45 and under, who make a minimum commitment of $365. There is a $10 charge; light dessert will be served.

The Natalie Novick Woman of Philanthropy Award will be presented to Sarita Eisner at the event..

Contact Jessica Meyer at 412-992-5223 or to make reservations.