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!

Refugee Shabbat, Shabbat Shi’ur – A Derekh: Limmud & Hesed Event

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Helfant Chapel

We are witnesses to one of the largest humanitarian crises in human history. World wide there are now more than 65 million people who have fled their homes due to persecution and violence.

Leslie Aizenman comes to Beth Shalom for a shabbat shi’ur that will address how her work as Director of Refugee & Immigrant Services for JFCS is helping to address the refugee crisis through local action here in Pittsburgh.

This event is Free! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Chris Hall at

Volunteer Awards Brunch

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our valued volunteers during this year’s Awards Brunch. $25.00 per person RSVP by Friday, October 12th, 2018

Sign-up Online

Mazal Tov to Our Honorees!

Lisa Steindel
Lester A. Hamburg Member of the Year Award
Kate Rothstein
Ethel and Bernard Halpern Young Leadership Award
Judith Kadosh
Nathan E. Snader Distinguished Service Award
Tammy Hepps
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle Volunteers of the Year Award

Beth Shalom Men’s Club Retreat

Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Oglebay Resort

Friendship, spirituality and bonding with new ideas for our Club. There will be a traditional and alternative services and lots of ruach! We will have many opportunities to meet, greet and learn from our fellow Men’s Club leaders.

Meet the FJMC International President and Executive Director

A good time will be had by all! If you are interested in attending, contact:

Alex Kiderman: 412-805-9995 or Stephen Neustein: 412-422-2782

FJMC Tri-State and KIO Regions Biennial Retreat

Oglebay Resort, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003

Going Green with Phipps Conservatory, Shabbat Shi’ur – A Derekh: Limmud Event 

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Helfant Chapel

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is one of the greenest buildings in the world. Join Richard Piacentini, President and CEO of Phipps as he discusses the green transformation of the Conservatory and how the work he has done can teach valuable lessons to every homeowner, business, and non-profit in Pittsburgh.

Featuring welcoming remarks by Pittsburgh City Councilor Corey O’Connor.

The Beth Shalom Solar Initiative seeks to gather money to install renewable energy at Beth Shalom. By going solar Beth Shalom takes advantage of matching funds to repair our preschool’s roof, cuts its energy costs long term, and reduces its greenhouse emissions.

This event is Free! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Chris Hall at

Sisterhood Book Club – November 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Please call the office as we meet in a private home.

The pleasure of reading doesn’t have to end with the last page. Be part of Sisterhood Book Club and prolong the experience with spirited and wide ranging discussion that often 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.

Next book to read, “Paris in the Present Tense” by Mark Helprin

Please call the office at 412-421-2288 as we meet in a private home.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
Downtown Pittsburgh | Location TBD

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 12:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom | Location TBD

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!

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.

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 Harabanim of Greater Pittsburgh

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.

Journey of the Spirit: Congregation Beth Shalom’s Israel Experience for Adults

Registration is now Closed

October 28 – November 8, 2018

$3,939 LAND ONLY


  • 10 Nights’ accommodation at select hotels
  • 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educators + walking tours on Shabbat
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from and to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the airport and hotels

Bring your whole self on an intellectual, spiritual, and physical journey to Israel.

Additional information at or contact Da’at at 888-811-2812, Rabbi Adelson at 412-421-2288 x115, or Joe Jolson at 412-480-3049.