I've Always Wondered
What Did Lillian Copeland Do on August 2, 1932? Originally Published July 31 - August 1, 2020.

On August 2, 1932, Lillian Copeland, at the age of 27, set new Olympic and global records in discus.  She threw the discus 133’ 1.625”, winning a gold medal. This was not her first record-breaking achievement; she had already gained acclaim as one of the earliest and best female track and field athletes. According to […]

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08/26/20: Get It Off Your Chest: A Chance to Vent About COVID-Life

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Life under Covid has been a challenge, for all of us. Over this session, we’ll get a chance to vent a little bit about what has been going on our lives and talk a little bit about self-care. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95305684491   Meeting ID: 953 0568 4491 One tap mobile […]

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08/16/20: Derekh Interview Series: Masorti Judaism, COVID-19, and High Holy Days

at 11:00 a.m. Join us for our conversation with Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch. Together we’ll talk about the current state of Masorti Judaism, how Israel is navigating COVID-19, and what the High Holy Days will look like.    Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch is the Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Ordained as a Masorti rabbi […]

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08/24/20: Quarantined Book Club - 'Day After Night' by Anita Diamant

beginning at 4:00 p.m. Join Beth Shalom's Quarantined Book Club as we read Day After Night by Anita Diamant. Day After Night is based upon the extraordinary true story of the 1945 rescue of over 200 prisoners held by the British in the Atlit Detention Camp just north of Haifa. Written by Anita Diamant, best […]

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07/29/20: Wordless Tunes of Mourning

10:00 p.m. | Following the conclusion of Tish'ah Be'Av services On the evening of Tish'ah Be'Av, following services, we will come together to sing wordless tunes of mourning. Please join us at the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99137187054

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Is a Rabbi a Judge? Originally Published July 24-25, 2020.

Part of the purview of a rabbi may be acting as a judge, to answer your question. Back in the day, Moses (Exodus 18:13, Parashat Yitro) sat in judgment, and folks waited in line for him to apply his wisdom to their cases.  Seeing the lines, his father-in-law Jethro advised him to delegate his work.  […]

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What Is "Halevai"? What Is "Davka"? What Is "Zhe"? Originally Published July 17-18, 2020.

Your correspondent’s great aunts were known to lob a “halevai” or three at the younger generation during family get-togethers, always with a sidelong glance.  Halevai (הַלְוַאי), an interjection sort of meaning “if only it should happen” or “I wish,” came to us along with related words “lu” (“if”), “lulei” (“if not for”), and “uli” (“perhaps”).  […]

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SUNDAYS: Kehilat Hakerem - Social and Ecological Justice in Deuteronomy

All classes are on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Time (20:00 Israel time) The Book of Deuteronomy (Sefer Devarim) includes many laws that refer not only to social relationships but also to man’s relationship with nature. In this course we will discuss the relevance of the laws in Deuteronomy to our lives today and their […]

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Mattot-Maasei 5780 - Youth Tefillah Blog

This week’s Torah portion is Mattot-Maasei. In this week’s double portion, we learn a very powerful story about five sisters.

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Who Was Camille Pissarro? Originally Published July 10-11, 2020.

In 1995, an American art collecting couple, Bruce and Robbi Toll, bought the 1887 painting Picking Peas, by Camille Pissarro, for $800,000.  They lent it to the Marmottan museum in Paris, where it came to light that it had been confiscated from its Jewish owner, Simon Bauer, in 1943 by the Germans occupying France.  Bauer’s […]

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