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Immigrant Detention Centers

The Following is sourced from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/conservativemasorti-movement-expresses-anger-immigrant-detention-centers Conservative/Masorti Movement Expresses Anger at Immigrant Detention Centers Posted on: Tuesday June 25, 2019 The Conservative/Masorti movement of Judaism expressed intense anger today at the status of immigrant detention in the United States, particularly reports of children being held in inhumane conditions and […]

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I've Always Wondered
Who Was Billy Wilder? Originally Published June 21-22, 2019.

Born Samuel Wilder on June 22, 1906, in Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary, which is now Sucha Beskidzka, Malopolskie, Poland, Billy Wilder would go on to become a world-renowned filmmaker, director, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist.  His parents ran a cafe in Sucha’s train station.  His mother, grandmother, and stepfather would die in the Holocaust.  His brother […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Is the Shekhinah? Originally Published June 14-15, 2019.

Deriving from the Hebrew for “presence,” Shekhinah has been used to indicate the presence of God in the world.  Early on it was used in the Aramaic, “Shekhinta” (as found in Targum Onkelos), and was used as a substitute for a part of God — “you cannot see My face and live” would become “you […]

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Wholly Holy: Exploring Faith, Practice, and Belonging in Judaism and Christianity

A series about Jewish and Christian lifecycle events and why we do them the way we do. A partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and Congregation Beth Shalom Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Eisner Commons Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, PGH, PA 15127 July 3: Birth & Initiation Rite […]

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Derekh Introduction to Judaism Part 3

Derekh Introduction to Judaism | July 7 - August 11, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Congregation Beth Shalom. We invite you to this non-denominational class! This six week course will cover an overview of Love and Sex, lifecycles from Birth to Death, the Holocaust, Israel, and the Jewish mission to heal the […]

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I've Always Wondered
Torah Tidbits. Originally Published June 7-8, 2019.

Over the course of investigating for this column, miscellaneous points have jumped out.  Here are some of them. The use of letters of the Hebrew alphabet to represent numbers is not found in the Bible.  The first traces of it are found on Maccabean coins. Some persons honor a lifted Sefer Torah by holding one […]

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Scholar in Residence with Noam Sienna

Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist, and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. Noam is the author of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969, a collection of over 100 sources on the intersection of Jewish and queer identities. […]

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International Seminar for Halakhic Study: Digital Minyans

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 12:45 p.m. The purpose of the International Seminar for Halakhic Study is designed to generate energy and excitement around the Conservative/Masorti halakhic process that defines our movement’s approach to Torah. This event is free and open to the public!

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Pride Shabbat!

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. All are welcome at the 5th annual Pride Shabbat. This year we welcome Jake Goodman as guest speaker in honor of Pride Month. Join us for services beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jake participates in Keshet training to support Jewish educators, clergy, program staff, camp professionals, youth and lay […]

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