Metro Briefs May 14

Metro Briefs May 14

The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and four eastern suburb synagogues have partnered to provide a crash course in understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict. The final class will be held on Sunday, May 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St. in Greensburg.

Gregg Roman, director of the CRC and former adviser in the Israeli Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, will teach the class on Pan-Arabism, Pan-Islamism, Israel’s current relations with Syria/Lebanon, the Rise of Hamas and Hezbollah. There is a $10 charge.

Contact Eric Probola at or 412-992-5247 for more information and to register.

Temple Sinai will be joined by Rodef Shalom to host the Nava Tehila Ensemble for a concert on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Chapel at 5505 Forbes Ave.  Nava Tehila, meaning “beautiful praise,” is an emerging prayer and study group in Jerusalem with a goal of people experiencing expressions of spiritual life with a Jewish flavor. The event is free and open to the public. Call 412-421-9715, ext. 121 for more information.

 The National Council of Jewish Women will present an educational panel discussion on “Why Courts Matter: Reproductive Justice, the Courts, and You” on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Oakland.

The panelists, Sue Frietchsche of the Women’s Law Project, Roopa Singh of New Voices Pittsburgh and Paula Harris of Pittsburgh Pro Choice Escorts, will discuss the role of federal courts, how they impact access to a full range of health care services and what tools communities need to inform and impact reproductive justice and judicial systems.

The event is open and free to the public. To attend, RSVP to Samantha Dye, director of programming and outreach, at 412-421-6118 or

AARP Squirrel Hill Chapter 3354 will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at New Light Congregation, located at 1700 Beechwood Blvd. at Forbes Avenue. Following the business meeting, a guest will speak about the Holocaust. Refreshments will be served. Contact Frieda D. Safyan at 412-521-2804 for more information.

WorkAble, a United Way of Allegheny County-funded partnership of the Career Development Center of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, North Hills Community Outreach and South Hills Interfaith Ministries, will hold a career fair for adults throughout the region on Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Allegheny General Hospital, Suburban Campus, located at 100 S. Jackson Ave. in Bellevue.

WorkAble is a countywide employment and critical needs service for struggling adults and serves unemployed and underemployed individuals throughout Allegheny County.

The upcoming career fair will include employers from Allegheny Health Network, Giant Eagle, PNC Bank, Rivers Casino, UPMC and more.

The career fair is appropriate for all levels of professional experience. Attendees can expect to meet one-on-one with recruiters for brief in-person interviews. Individuals are encouraged to dress professionally, bring multiple copies of a resume and research employers and available positions beforehand. Attendees should be prepared to discuss specific positions applied to online in advance.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hospital. Call 412-586-3773 to register. Those who are struggling and need assistance can call the WorkAble hotline at 412-904-5993 or visit

The Lev Society and the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold a spring event with guest speaker Barbara Burstin and will feature her new book, “Images of America: Jewish Pittsburgh,” on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Federation, 234 McKee Place in Oakland. There is no charge. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served; dietary laws will be observed.

The Lev Society is composed of donors who have given to the Federation’s annual campaign for 32 years or more. RSVP to Christa Maier at 412-992-5249 or

The Sound of Jewish Music is an evening that brings together hundreds of women from the Pittsburgh community for a celebration of Jewish art and music. The event will begin with a cheese and chocolate reception on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Bellefield Hall on Forbes Avenue in Oakland The concert portion of the event features a variety of Jewish music, including folk, Ladino, theater and more. Interspersed among the songs are brief words of inspiration presented by women in the community.  The songs are performed by a number of local female vocalists and musicians and are accompanied by a visual arts presentation that showcases artwork by local female artists.

The event is open to all women and teenage girls.

Contact for more information. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The Pittsburgh Conference Jewish Women’s Organization will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, June 4 at Chabad-Yeshiva Girls School at 6401 Forbes Ave. The slate of officers for 2015-2016 will be presented. There is at $15 charge. Send checks payable to Carole Wolsh to 1829 Shaw Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 to make a reservation.

The Early Childhood Development Center of the Jewish Community Center in the South Hills has achieved a new, five-year term of accreditation from the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The ECDC also received NAEYC commendation for its program standards, which scored 100 percent.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children strives to raise the quality of education for young children, encouraging programs to provide the best learning experiences by meeting national standards of quality. NAEYC, headquartered in Washington, D.C., evaluates childhood education programs throughout the United States.

Contact Kathy Revesz, director, at 412 278-1786 or for more information about the South Hills ECDC.