07/24/20: Shabbat Shalom

The information below comes from our Shabbat Bulletin. Currently we have transitioned our voice to the web, making all materials easily available for our members.   The information below would have been published in our Shabbat Bulletin. For the time being, since we are not creating the Bulletin in paper form, we have transitioned this information to our website, for ease of access while keeping our distance from one another.  We look forward to publishing again in the future.

Service Times

  • Youth Tefillah at 5:15 p.m.
  • Hod veHadar Evening Shabbat services at 6:00 p.m.
  • Morning ( 8:00 a.m. on Sunday / 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday)
  • Evening (7:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday / 6:00 p.m. on Friday)
  • Shabbat Services:
    • Candle Lighting:  July 24 at 8:23 p.m. | July 31 at 8:16 p.m.
    • Morning Services: July 25 at 9:30 a.m. | Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Minhah: July 25 at 8:30 p.m.| Aug. 1 at 8:25 p.m.
    • Ma’ariv: July 25 at 8:50 p.m. | Aug. 1 at 8:45 p.m.
    • Havdalah: July 25 at 9:22 p.m. | Aug. 1 at 9:15 p.m.

Zoom services do not require a sign-up.

Tish'ah Be'Av

This year Tish’ah Be’Av, commemorating the destruction of both Temples, begins at sundown on the evening of July 29th. We will gather by Zoom.

Congregation Dor Hadash is hosting the service this year, and will present a special program beginning at 8:15 p.m., followed at 9:00 p.m. by Ma’ariv and the community-wide Eykhah reading.

July 30th, 7:30 a.m. services on Zoom with Beth Shalom, we do not use tallitot or tefillin. July 30th, 7:00 p.m. services, we do use tallitot and tefillin.

Reviewing Customs for Tish'ah Be'Av

  • Tish’ah Be’Av is a full-day fast, from 8:15 p.m. Wednesday July 29 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday July 30.
  • We must be done eating dinner before sunset.
  • Then we kick off our leather and don cloth footwear. We effectively do nothing but mourn for the full day.
  • We do not eat or drink. We do not wear leather. We do not bathe (except hand washing or basic toilet). We don’t wear makeup, lotion, etc.
  • We don’t study, not even Jewish religious texts except those that are read on Tish’ah Be’Av.
  • We do not greet one another, and especially not with the word “Shalom.”
  • The Wednesday evening chanting of Eykhah - Lamentations - is done sitting on the floor or on low benches or seats, in subdued lighting.
    In shul in the morning (virtual though it will be), we don’t wear tallit or tefillin for the morning service, but we do so for the Minhah service at the end of Tish’ah Be’Av.
  • A special portion of the Torah will be read, and were we in the shul a tallit would be placed under the Torah on top of the bare shulhan. The services will be chanted in a subdued, mournful mode.


Mazal Tov to

Barbara & Yale Rosenstein, happily announcing the birth of their great-grandson, Joshua (Shua) Rosenstein in Baltimore. He is also the grandson of Rabbi & Mrs. Yaakov (Jim) Rosenstein and son of Shlomo & Sarah Leah Rosenstein.

Condolences to

Harriet Fibus and family, on the passing of her husband, Ronald Fibus, on July 20th.

Sheila Chamovitz, on the passing of her sister, Evelyn Leff Greenwald, on June 2nd.


I've Always Wondered

The Rabbi’s Assistant answers questions that someone might be too shy to ask. Click here to read her blog!

Volunteer Awards - Nominations

Now accepting nominations for volunteer awards.

  • Lester A. Hamburg Member of the Year Award honors a member who embodies volunteerism, leadership, and a long history of participation within the congregation.
  • Ethel and Bernard M. Halpern Young Leadership Award recognizes a young leader in our congregational family who has set an example of volunteerism and decision-making.
  • Nathan E. Snader Distinguished Service Award rewards a member who has demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to Beth Shalom and the larger Jewish community.
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle Volunteers of the Year Award celebrates a member whose devotion and involvement has positively impacted Beth Shalom and Pgh.’s Jewish community.

Please submit nominations to our Receptionist Tika, at x114 or receptionist@bethshalompgh.org.

Do You Know Your Hebrew Name? Please Write It Down!

Do you know your Hebrew Name? Can you spell it in Hebrew? Do you know the names of your relatives, of those before you and those younger than you? For whom were you named? Do you spell your name the same way? Do you need help with this? We are here. Please collect your family’s full Hebrew names and keep them somewhere safe. We can keep them for you, as well.
Better now than searching years later. As we spend more time with family at home and calling our relatives, we are well situated to do the research.
Your Hebrew name follows the format XXXXXX son/daughter of YYYYYY and ZZZZZZ, where XXXXXX is your given Hebrew name, YYYYYY is your dad’s given name, and ZZZZZZ is your mom’s.
Please email Audrey Glickman, Rabbi’s Assistant, at RabbiAsst@BethShalomPgh.org with your name or with questions about finding your name.


The following Yahrzeits will be observed this Shabbat and in the coming week. This list comprises those dear departed for whom there are dedicated plaques in our praying spaces, and those for whom contributions have been made to have their names listed here.

FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 25 - 31, 2020 4 - 10 AV, 5780

Frances R. Allon
Tille Banov
Ronald Barasch
Morris Milton Berger
Harry M. Berlin
Sharyn Berliner
Mark Joel Birnbaum
Joseph Cohen
Elihu Cohen
Stanley A. Diamond
Irina Dzeba
Abraham Eliashof
Ruth Feldman
Selma Ruth Feldman
Mordecai Ferber
Beatrice Fineman
Hyman Zelig Finkel
Edward I. Fishbein
Howard Alvin Freedman
Sophie Freedman
Milton B. Friedman
Gabriel Galpern
Isaac Golden
Belle Goldstein
Matthew Goodman
Rebecca E. Green
Meyer H. Handmaker
Murray David Harlow
Gloria Harris
Francie Hausman
Abraham Heller
Julius Hemmelstein
Edward Izenson
Harry Katz
Lynn Schwartz Katz
Hina Ketselman
Lillian Kopple
Byron Kramer
Gizella Krause
Marcelyn Lebovitz
Anne Levine
Ida Mandel
Marvin Marcus
Sara Marcus
Samuel Maysels
Alvin James Moldovan
Max Morris
Sarah Morris
Hyman Mulhauser
Thelma Tybie Neft
Gregory Nizhner
Natalie Novick
Selig Perlman
Rabbi Isadore Printz
Eli Racusin
C. Joseph Recht
Abraham Recht
Marjorie Robbins
Augusta Robin
Betty G. Robins
Henry E. Robins
David Roth
Morris Rubin
Ida Saron
Bernhardt M. Saul
Cecelia G. Schultz
Gizi Schwalb
Martha Schwortz
Ada Shrut
Nathan Silverberg
Jack Simon
Beverly Skilken
Esther Sperling
Freda Tepper
Rev. Henry Tolochko
Helen R. Weinberger
Michael Scott Weiss
Emanuel H. Wimmer
Harold Winkler