Metro Briefs September 18

Metro Briefs September 18

Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha has announced a new Toddler & Me Program for newborns to 3 years old. Children will participate with their parents, grandparents or another adult family member.  

The first session is set for Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program will feature Jewish/holiday themes, crafts, hands-on activities, parent education and free play and is open to the community.  

Contact Karen Morris at 412-521-6788 for more information.  Details, a schedule for the year and registration can also be found at

The Sylvia and Martin Snow Charitable Foundation Fund supports the program.

Adagio Health will hold its annual fundraiser featuring a cabaret theme, Hot Pink Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Rodef Shalom Congregation.

Adagio Health will present its Tempo Awards to the Ladies Hospital Aid Society and the Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. The Tempo Award recognizes individuals and organizations that improve the health and well-being of women and families in western Pennsylvania.

The evening begins with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 7 p.m; the curtain rises at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 for general seating and $175 for VIP tickets, which include the best seats in the house and complementary wine service during the show. A table of 10 VIP tickets can be purchased for a discounted price of $1,500.

Call 412-253-8165 for tickets or visit

Older adults (ages 60 and over) are invited to join a free six-week workshop called Better Choices, Better Health at the South Hills Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 345 Kane Blvd., Scott Township, on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 30 through Nov. 4.

The self-management workshop, developed by Stanford University, is for older adults with ongoing, chronic health issues. Any health problem that does not go away qualifies as a chronic condition.

In a Stanford University study, people who participated in the program demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations.

Participants will actively be a part of brainstorming on key topics. All workshop participants receive the companion book “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Condition” and the relaxation CD “Time for Healing” as a graduation gift.  Light refreshments are provided throughout with a graduation celebration at the end.

Call Elaine Cappucci at 412-446-4773 for more information. To register, call 412-278-1975 or stop by the front desk.

Nina and Dan Butler of Squirrel Hill were each featured in the fall 2014 edition of Reunion, the NCSY alumni magazine. The profile of Nina Butler highlights the impact that the Orthodox youth organization made on her life, including providing the conduit through which she met her husband. Dan’s many of years of leadership in NCSY is described as is his and Nina’s work with “Friends of Kosher Patients,” a group that provides home hospitality to patients temporarily in Pittsburgh awaiting transplants and their families.

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, the only kosher-serving pantry in southwestern Pennsylvania, serves qualifying individuals and families in the 15217 ZIP code and kosher-households outside of 15217 and provides traditional holiday food items at all special and observant times of the year, including the High Holidays and Passover.

To continue providing special holiday food items each year, the Pantry relies on the generosity of volunteers, local synagogues and community partners, all of whom donate countless food items, volunteer hours and funds to help ensure Pantry clients are able to observe and celebrate the holidays with their families.

Last year, SHCPF’s High Holiday Food Drive generated more than 7,000 pounds of food through 10 congregations in the community as well as individual donations brought to the Pantry, all benefiting SHCFP clients.

SHCFP encourages community members to participate in this year’s High Holiday Food Drive by bringing nonperishable food items to a congregation or directly to the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry at 828 Hazelwood Ave. for the upcoming High Holidays.

Contact SHCFP at 412-421-2708 or to participate in the High Holiday Food Drive or for more information.