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.

Remember, for all Youth Events go to the Youth Department Page!

PIZMON – In Concert

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom Faye Rubenstein Weiss Sanctuary

Family friendly and open to the entire community. PIZMON is the nation’s first collegiate co-ed pluralistic Jewish a cappella group from NYC.

This concert is a collaboration of Congregation Beth Shalom’s Derekh, Community Day School, JJEP, and was made possible by a grant from the Department of Jewish Life and Learning of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

$15 per Adult, $10 per Child btw ages 5 – 13, Children ages 4 and under are free!

Buy in advance! All tickets sold at the door $20.


COME TOGETHER – Beth Shalom’s annual fundraiser and silent auction

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Join us for our annual fundraising event where we will COME TOGETHER as a congregation for a lovely evening featuring strolling dinner with libations and a signature drink.  The Silent Auction will include sports memorabilia and tickets, art, casual jewelry, theatre tickets, gift certificates from scores of your favorite local establishments.  Many delightful items highlight the unique talents of our congregants.  Plus a Grand Prize raffle that you won’t want to miss.

Childcare: For children old enough for independent play, pizza bagels, drinks and supervised fun in the 4th floor gym will be available.

Dress Smart Casual.

$75 per Adult, $10 per Child between ages 5 – 13


Catering by Elegant Edge Catering Company,
under the supervision of the VaaD Harabonim of Greater Pittsburgh

Lox & Learning – “Curiosity + Outrage = My Life as a Journalist”

Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Eisner Commons

How do you get started as a journalist?  What is it like to be a guest on a cable news program?  Abby Schachter, author of No Child Left Alone, member of the New York Post editorial board from 2003 to 2012 and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the Forward, and numerous other publications talks about her career as a writer and journalist.

Abby W. Schachter is a Pittsburgh-based editor, writer and blogger. In 2016, her book No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government out of Parenting was published by Encounter Books.

A light brunch sponsored by Beth Shalom Men’s Club will be served at 10:00 a.m.

The event is free.

Please contact our office at 412-421-2288 or email to RSVP!

Lunch & Learn – November 2018 – A Derekh: Limmud Event

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Zweig Library

This year’s topic is “Jewish Law for Today: Five Key Teshuvot of the Conservative Movement.”

Ever wonder why you don’t have to park three blocks away from a Conservative synagogue on Shabbat? Or whether your rabbi can marry a gay couple? The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has been reviewing contemporary halakhic issues for the Conservative movement for more than 90 years, and has a long-standing tradition of issuing thoughtful, sensitive responsa to the challenges of keeping Jewish law in today’s world. You should get to know these teshuvot.

November’s Topic:
Responsum on the Sabbath: Driving and Electricity (1950)

No Fee to Attend! Sign-up Online!

Understanding Stress and Its Management

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

This 2-hour program will offer education to help you understand the mental and physical effects of stress and will provide you with skills that will minimize the effect of stress on your health and give you the skills to help your children cope with stress.

The program will be facilitated by Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

No need to sign-up, the event is free! Childminding included.

This program is a collaboration between Aleph Institute and Congregation Beth Shalom.

Coffee with the Cantor – Perceptions of Modern Judaism

Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. – Beginning Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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’s Topic:
Jewish Influence in the Secular World

Last year we focused our discussion on Jewish rituals and how they are viewed by the Jewish and non-Jewish world. This year, we turn the tables and ask the question, how has Judaism affected the non-Jewish world? Although some of the discussion will look at historical influences, much of the time will be spent on current interactions.

While I believe that most of the influence is positive, some of it may be negative.

We will look at Jewish influence in:

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Labor
  • Science and Technology
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Journalism and Media
  • Finance
  • Art and Music
  • Literature
  • Foreign Relations
  • Religion

The first question will be: what do we mean by “Jewish influence”? Is it simply the fact that a Jewish person was involved, or is it the clear application of Jewish principles and beliefs? Must it be a conscious, purposeful influence or can it be “by accident”? What if the person involved was Jewish but rejected Jewish belief and observance? Is it possible for the Jewish influence to be negative or to reflect negatively on Judaism? What constitutes significant influence?

Every Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. in the Lehman Center. Signup not required.