Beth Shalom is celebrating Juneteenth in the Faye Rubenstein Weiss Sanctuary as a part of our regular Shabbat morning services. You can join us for Shabbat in person or online. Guest speaker, Pastor Tim Smith, CEO of Center of Life & Pastor of Keystone Church of Hazelwood, will perform the sermon, and guest speaker Ja'Sonta […]
Found in Numbers 6:24-26, the Priestly Blessing (בִּרְכַּת כֹּהֲנִים) is an invocation by the Almighty for the Priests (the Kohanim) to bless the people of Israel, with a prescribed formula. Verse 27 then says that God will follow through. This became part of the procedure at the Temple. Each morning and evening the priests would […]
There are times when we as a community pray for the healing of body and spirit of our friends and family members. In our tradition, during a Torah service (weekday, holiday, or even Shabbat when we wouldn’t otherwise ask for anything), there is a point at which the leader will lead us in a prayer […]
This compassionate memoir documents a son's journey from childhood through coming out as transgender and eventually emerging as an advocate for the transgender community. This is not only Jeremy’s story but also that of his family, told from multiple perspectives―those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they once saw as a sister, […]
Ashrei, a bit of liturgy which we read three times per day, is a combination of Psalm 84:5, Psalm 144:15, and Psalm 145. The first part says how fortunate we people are to dwell in the house of the Almighty, followed immediately by a restatement saying how blessed we are. The Psalm 145 section, then, is […]
Join us as Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Congregation and Karmiel/Misgav’s Kehilat HaKerem synagogue come together for an eight-program series. We will compare and contrast the experiences of being Jewish in America and Israel as we build community between our synagogues. This program is supported by Partnership2Gether of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Partnership2Gether builds strong, […]
What Did Theodor Herzl Do Besides Initiating Political Zionism? Originally Published April 30 - May 1, 2021.
Theodor Herzl was born on May 2, 1860, to a family of German-speaking Jews in Budapest, Hungary. While still a child, he moved with his family to Vienna, Austria. He would go on to receive a law degree from the University of Vienna. He became a journalist and playwright, creating about one play per year, […]