Metro Briefs November 18

Metro Briefs November 18

The Women of Temple Sinai (WOTS) compiled recipes from more than 50 congregants to publish “From Our Kitchen to Yours.” Just released, this cookbook features time-proven favorites, inventive new ideas and contemporary twists on some beloved Jewish recipes.  With more than 200 recipes, a collection of tips and food information appendix, WOTS expects this to be an ideal Chanukah gift for all ages.

The book was a collaborative effort of WOTS, a modern day sisterhood, which organizes social and spiritual activities to provide opportunities for each woman to discover her potential and grow as a Jewish woman.

The cost of the cookbook is $18 and includes a downloadable e-book. It is available at the Temple Gift Shop, which is open Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon or by appointment. Interested buyers also can contact Carol Rosenthal directly at

Proceeds from the book help to benefit the congregation and community and will be used for WOTS philanthropic support, which includes youth scholarships, the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry and Temple Sinai projects.

Rabbi Chuck and Mickie Diamond will be facilitating a Healing Service on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, followed by a Kiddush luncheon. All are welcome.

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium will host its annual Thanksgiving Gathering on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hindu-Jain Temple, 615 Illini Drive in Monroeville. A tour of the Temple will be held at 6 p.m.

Each year the gathering rotates between houses of worship, allowing neighbors to experience each other’s sacred spaces.

There will be a collection to benefit the local food pantries in Monroeville and Pitcairn. Contact Damyant Aggarwal at 412-953-6528 for more information.

The Jewish Women’s Center of Pittsburgh, Women of the Islamic Center and Rodef Shalom Sisterhood will host the program “Collective Voices: Sharing Stories” on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Rodef Shalom Congregation for an afternoon of conversation and storytelling, sharing experiences and common values, dreams and realities. As Zatnab Salbi wrote, “The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling.”

RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 20 to