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Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780 - Youth Tefillah Blog

This week’s Torah portion is Aharei Mot. In our portion, we learn about a special place called the Mishkan. (Can you say Mishkan?) This place was kind of like a synagogue, but it was a big tent that could move from place to place. In the Mishkan there was a big box called the Aron (can you say Aron?) which is also called an Ark. In this box was something really special.

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5/19/20: Quarantined Book Club - My Promised Land

beginning at Noon! Our Beth Shalom Quarantined Book Club will meet again, via Zoom, on Tuesday, May 19th at 12 noon. We will be discussing Ari Shavit’s best seller My Promised Land. If you haven’t read it yet, now is a good time to pick it up. If you read it years ago, please join […]

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05/03/20: Strategic Plan Virtual Open House

beginning at 4:00 p.m. Please join us on Sunday, May 3 from 4:00-6:00 PM for a Virtual Open House to discuss Beth Shalom’s new 5-year Strategic Plan, adopted last fall. The plan provides a framework for Beth Shalom to adapt and thrive in the near-term and for decades to come. In this session, members of […]

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What Is Jewish American Heritage Month? Originally Published April 24-25, 2020.

The month of May has been designated Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States.  The resolution creating this honor was introduced in 2005 by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Florida) and Senator Arlen Spector (z”l) (Pennsylvania).  (Previous resolutions and proclamations had been passed for a week or a month in prior years; this resolution would […]

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Tazria-Metzora 5780 - Youth Tefillah Blog

This week’s Torah portion is a double portion! It is a combination of both portions Tazria and Metzora. In them, we learn about what happens when people are sick.

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5/3/20: Tough Questions and Forthright Answers

beginning at 7:30 p.m. In this live session, Rabbi Danny Schiff will put Rabbi Seth Adelson on the “hot seat” as he probes Rabbi Adelson’s responses to a variety of tough contemporary issues. Entirely unrehearsed – Rabbi Adelson will not know the questions in advance – this interview will explore thorny issues, personal beliefs, and […]

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5/12/20: Derekh Lunch and Learn

beginning at Noon Although temporarily interrupted by COVID-19, Derekh’s current Lunch and Learn series is continuing! We have been examining halakhic approaches to egalitarianism, which has become an essential feature of the Conservative movement. Way back in March at Beth Shalom, we took a look at the 2014 teshuvah by Rabbi Pamela Barmash, and since […]

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05/01/2020: Shababababa

beginning at 5:15 p.m. Join Rabbi Adelson over Zoom for our first Shababababa during the pandemic! Put the chicken in the pot, sing Lekha Dodi, and do kiddush together at 5:15pm on May 1st. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/896828166

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4/28/20: Yom Ha’atzma-ut Leil Shirah: Songs of Good Old Eretz Yisrael

beginning at 9:15 p.m. In celebration of 72 years of Israel’s independence, join Rabbi Seth Adelson on guitar for an online Leil Shirah, an Israeli-style sing-along, of great old songs from the Israeli pop canon. We will be hosting it on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/bethshalompgh) on Yom Ha’Atzma-ut, Tuesday evening, April 28th, at 9:15 PM EDT. […]

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4/28/20: Quarantined Book Club - Words of My Father

beginning at Noon! Join Beth Shalom's Quarantined Book Club as we read Words of My Father by Yousef Bashir. We will be meeting on Tuesday, April 28th at 12 noon. We were fortunate enough to have Bashir be a guest of our Congregation earlier this year. Everyone is invited to join in. Join Zoom Meeting: […]

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