Events Upcoming

 You can always check the calendar, but here we give you a cornucopia of activities at Beth Shalom for the next few weeks.

Jews, Pittsburgh Public Schools, & Racial Justice

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Service at 9:30 a.m., Sermon at 11:15 a.m., Workshop at 12:45 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom

Schools today have developed an over-reliance on punitive strategies like suspension or expulsion that does not serve students, teachers, or parents. School-based restorative justice offers a more sustainable, equitable, and respectful alternative to zero tolerance policies for dealing with misbehavior, from minor infractions to violence. It can also be used as a proactive strategy to create a culture of connectivity and care where all members of the school community can thrive. Join us for a special Shabbat to better understand the changing face of discipline in schools.

Rabbi Adelson and Saleem Ghubril (Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise and ordained Presbyterian minister) offer a joint sermon focused on the responsibility of the Jewish community to our public school students, and to marginalized groups of students in particular.

Continue the conversation with Brandi Taylor from A+ Schools as she leads congregants in a restorative practice session that addresses what we can do to dismantle the racial inequities in our schools, heal our community, and do right by all of our city’s children.

Congregation Beth Shalom Purim Carnival

Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Beth Shalom is holding our annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For only $10 each you can enjoy lunch, games, and crafts. Join us for a high-flying adventure of heroic proportions!

For additional information please contact our Youth Director, Marissa Tait at 412-421-2288 x463, or email her at

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Come dressed as your favorite superhero!

Beth Shalom Purim Events!

Join us here at Beth Shalom for three days of Purim excitement! Please read the information below carefully for more details.

Sunday, February 25, 2018:
10:00 a.m. Purim Carnival
$10.00 per person includes lunch and games!
Go directly to the carnival (no RSVP required) to enjoy GAMES, CRAFTS, FOOD, and much more!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018:
4:15 p.m. Purim Party!
5:15 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner
RSVP Required for above! Please go to
6:00 p.m. Family Purim Shpiel & Megillah Reading
7:00 p.m. Full Megillah Reading

Thursday, March 1, 2018:
8:00 a.m. Megillah Reading at Community Day School
1:00 p.m. ELC’s All School Family Purim Celebration
See the little ones in costume and enjoy the Hamantashen!

March Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
David S. Horvitz’ Office,
Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC,
535 Smithfield St., Suite 800

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Zweig Library

From November to March, Rabbi Adelson will be facilitating a series of engaging lunchtime discussions.

The topic this year is Modern Jewish Philosophers, and our philosopher for February is Rabbi Neil Gillman.

To Register for this series please go to the link here.

Sisterhood Book Club

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Marlene’s House

Next book to read, “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish, winner of a 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

The pleasure of reading doesn’ t have to end wi th the last page. Be par t of Sisterhood Book Club and prolong the experience with spirited and wide ranging discussion that of ten touches on contemporary issues.

We meet every couple of months in members’ homes to exchange impressions of books we choose as a group. While opinions of a given book may vary, it’s always nice when someone else can clear up that plot point or ambiguity you missed. Come and join the conversation.

Coffee with the Cantor – Perceptions of Modern Judaism

Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Lehman Center

Come and participate in “Coffee with the Cantor” – a stimulating discussion group led by our Executive Director, Hazzan (Cantor) Rob Menes.

This year we will be discussing “Perceptions of Modern Judaism.” How do Jewish customs and rituals interact with the Christian and secular world of North America? How is Israel perceived in America? Why is there still anti-Semitism in North America?

Throughout the year we will investigate sometimes controversial practices and discuss both the Jewish and non-Jewish reactions to them. Coffee will be provided by the Cantor!

Every Wednesday, 11 AM till 12 in the Lehman Center. Signup not required.