I've Always Wondered
What Does "Archisynagogos" Mean? Originally Published August 23-24, 2019.

Some readers might have caught this word back on February 1, 2019, when it appeared in this column in its Latin form.  Back in the day, the far-back day in the first century of the Common Era, the person in charge of the synagogue, known in Hebrew as the rosh hakeneset - ראש הכנסת, was […]

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What Is the Night of the Murdered Soviet Jewish Poets? Originally Published August 16-17, 2019.

Last Monday, August 12th, was the anniversary of the murder in 1952 of imprisoned Jewish poets.  They had been kept for two months for regular beatings and an intensive trial in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow.  It was only during the Save Soviet Jewry movement that information began to appear.  The New York Times in […]

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Derekh Study Series

Saturday Sept. 7, Sept. 14, and Sept. 21 @ 12:45p at Beth Shalom Rabbi Danielle Leshaw will lead discussions on several rebellion narratives within the Book of Numbers. We’ll study prominent themes that surface in these texts: religious authority, entering the land of Israel, God’s (im)perfect Torah, and communal obligation. Rabbi Danielle Leshaw is a […]

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What Is Shabbat Hazon? Originally Published August 9-10, 2019.

You will hear the word “hazon” at the very beginning of this Shabbat’s haftarah.  Sometimes referred to as the Sabbath of Vision, the word “hazon” means “the prophesying,” referring to the foretellings of Isaiah son of Amoz, and it follows the line of the haftarot for these weeks - the people have not paid attention, […]

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Summertime Meet & Greet

Enjoy an ice cream social and meet our newest leaders! Ken Turkewitz Interim Executive Director Rabbi Larry Freedman J-JEP Director SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 20191:00 - 3:00 P.M.CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM5915 BEACON ST., PGH, PA 15217 FREE TO ALL! A little about Ken:Ken is coming to you from Massachusetts, and has temporarily relocated here in the Pittsburgh […]

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Tish'ah BeAv 5779

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Who Was Raoul Wallenberg? Originally Published August 2-3, 2019.

Sunday, August 4th, is Raoul Wallenberg Day.  Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, and diplomat.  Born on August 4, 1912, in Lidingö, Sweden, we remember and honor him for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary toward the end of World War II. Raoul Wallenberg was the grandson of Gustav Wallenberg […]

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