I've Always Wondered
Who Was William Howard Schuman, born August 4, 1910? Originally Published July 30-31, 2021.

Not to be confused with Robert Schumann, who was a German composer born in 1810, William Schuman was a Jewish American composer, born in 1910 and raised in New York City, son of Rachel and Samuel, who named him after President Taft.  The trajectory of his life didn’t seem to lead toward music, until it […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Is Tu BeAv? Originally Published July 23-24, 2021.

There is love in Av!  Tu BeAv falls on the 15th of Av (in fact, that is what the name means).  More than one source notes that many holidays fall on the 15th of a month - during the full moon:  Passover, Sukkot, Tu Bishvat. During the days of the Second Temple, Tu BeAv was […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Negative History Reportedly Occurred on Tish’ah BeAv? Originally Published July 16-17, 2021.

We are asked what negative historical events took place (reportedly) on Tish’ah BeAv.  We learn that both the First Temple (Solomon’s Temple - obviously it was not known then as the “First” Temple) and the Second Temple were destroyed on Tish’ah BeAv, by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and by the Romans in 70 CE, […]

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Holidays
Tisha B'Av 5781

Saturday, July 17, Evening, at Beth Shalom and by Zoom   This year Tish’ah BeAv, commemorating the destruction of both Temples, begins immediately after Shabbat, the evening of July 17th. The evening community observance is being hosted by New Light Congregation this year.    You are encouraged to bring your own flashlight for Eykhah.   July 17th, […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Is the Origin of the Word “Pushke”? Originally Published July 9-10, 2021.

The word pushke is Yiddish, פּושקע, and of course there is controversy about its origin. The Polish word for “tin can” is puszka.  And a Slavic word for “box” is similar. However, the Aramaic word pushka, spelled either פושקא or פושכא, means “palm” or “handsbreadth.”  How does one seek alms?  With an outstretched palm.  And […]

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Derekh
Annual ITJ Picnic, July 11

ITJ Picnic, Sunday July 11 from 2 to 4 pm for Intro to Judaism students from 2020-21 and 2019-2020. 

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I've Always Wondered
What Famous Persons Were Born on July 4th? Originally Published July 2-3, 2021.

As long as we are celebrating Independence Day, we might as well also remember a couple of the brilliant individuals who were born on July 4th. Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg was born on July 4, 1883, in San Francisco.  Rube would become a cartoonist, sculptor, inventor, author, and engineer.  The son of Hannah (Cohn) and […]

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PREVIOUS EVENT
Joint Learning W/Kehilat HaKerem

  Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2pm EST Join sister synagogue's, America's Pittsburgh Beth Shalom and Israel's Kehilat Hakerem, for a Joint Adult Learning make up session titled, Equality in the USA - Can We Practice What We Preach. Ilyssa Manspeizer will lead a discussion about equity and equality based on her work as the […]

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Weekly - Upcoming
WEDNESDAYS: Derekh Life and Text with Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman

Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. NOTE: Due to Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah, Life and Text is paused. It will resume it's normal schedule on October 6. A 75 minute class and discussion of Hassidic insights on the weekly Torah portion. We open with a question and a brief discussion that focuses on personal growth […]

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