Schiff to lead lecture, study series for Beth Shalom’s 95th anniversary

Schiff to lead lecture, study series for Beth Shalom’s 95th anniversary

Rabbi Danny Schiff
Rabbi Danny Schiff

Congregation Beth Shalom will mark its 95th anniversary this weekend with a series of discussions and study programs featuring Rabbi Danny Schiff.

“Congregation Beth Shalom is proud of our legacy of 95 years of being a beacon of learning in the Pittsburgh Jewish community,” Beth Shalom President Stefi Kirschner said in a prepared statement. “We’re enriching kehilla by bringing in Rabbi Danny Schiff — an engaging and stimulating teacher — to open the doors for conversation so participants can travel on their own paths of Jewish discourse.”

The weekend program, called Beth Shalom 95, will include sessions with Schiff, the former community scholar at the Agency for Jewish Learning, on Nov. 2 and 3.

Schiff will head a discussion, Friday, Nov. 2, on the subject, “Chosenness and why it Matters.

He will lead a Saturday morning study session at 8 a.m. titled, “Our God is Not Your God,” and an afternoon session following kiddush titled, “Accepting Society’s Norms: How Far Should Jewish Law Bend?”

On Saturday evening, at 7:15 p.m., Schiff will speak on the topic, “Learning from Prince Harry.” An evening music café will follow.

To conclude the anniversary weekend, Beth Shalom will host its annual awards brunch, Sunday, Nov. 4.

Schiff, who lives in Jerusalem and is working on a new Jewish museum concept, is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics. The former spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in White Oak, he is the author of the book, “Abortion in Judaism,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Sarita and Milton Eisner, Marlene and Arthur Silverman, Bernice and Jack Meyers and Shirley and Albert Zionts are this year’s event chairs.

Contact Beth Shalom at 412-421-2288, ext. 320 or visit its website at for more information.