Metro Briefs September 30

Metro Briefs September 30

Temple Emanuel invites the South Hills Jewish community to pray, sing, socialize and nosh at Tashlich & Tacos, a Tashlich Tradition with a Twist at Canonsburg Lake (just off Rt. 19 South at McDowell Lane) for a Tashlich service on Monday, Oct. 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. After the service, everyone is invited to Mad Mex Lakeside to socialize and enjoy food and drink. South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh is sponsoring this free event, but RSVPs are requested for those who plan to stay and eat.

Visit or call 412-279-7600 for more information and to RSVP.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation will partner with JFilm and the producers of “Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer” to make the film available to audiences throughout the Pittsburgh region over the next year. The first film screening will be held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital (Auditorium level).

“Pink and Blue” explores the clinical, social and familial implications of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations, which put both women and men at a higher risk of developing numerous cancers. Without treatment, women who have a BRCA genetic mutation are seven times more likely to develop breast cancer and 30 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer by the age of 70, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BRCA mutations may also increase the risk of pancreatic, prostate and breast cancer among men. Ashkenazi Jews are at a higher risk of possessing BRCA genetic mutations than the general population.

To RSVP contact Administrative Coordinator Ben Johnston at

Temple David will hold a vegan potluck Shabbat dinner in the Sukkah for the Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:15 p.m. followed by worship at 7:30 p.m. and speaker Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of Jewish Veg.

Jewish Veg’s mission is to encourage and help Jews embrace plant-based diets as an expression of the Jewish values of compassion for animals, concern for health and care for the environment. Visit for plant based recipes. Vegan means no animal products: meat, chicken, fish, eggs or dairy. Salads, vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes all qualify — no recipe needed.

Contact Stan Beck at for more information.

Harriet Kruman, a lifelong Pittsburgher now residing in Teaneck, N.J., has written “Residents’ Memoirs and Life Stories,” a book presenting the lives, memories and photos of residents of a Teaneck retirement community. This account features narratives of residents with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

Kruman is the author of “The Huddled Masses: Jewish History in the Former Soviet Union.” She and her late husband, Jules, were active in the Pittsburgh Jewish community for many years before moving in 2014 to Teaneck to join their son, Nathan, and his family.

The new mikvah is now open. Visit or call 412-422-7110 for more information.