Congregation - Upcoming
Come Together Gala - November 19

Save the Date! Come Together Gala will be held on Saturday, November 19 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom. We will honor all our past presidents and celebrate the centennial of our building. Watch your mail for more information and your invitation. Questions? Contact us at info@bethshalompgh.org

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What Was that about the Origins of the Zohar? Originally Published July 22-23, 2022.

Last week we mentioned the sparsely living and greatly studying Rabbi Shimon bar Yoḥai whose mysticism was carried forward through the Zohar.  He was one of Rabbi Akiva’s precious few disciples who survived the revolt (or the plague), and it is said that later, after continuing to rail against Rome, he had to flee and […]

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What is the Zohar? Originally Published July 15-16, 2022.

A while back we were discussing what is Lag BaOmer, and we mentioned the plague among Rabbi Akiva’s students, and that some scholars feel it was really referring to the students who participated in the revolt led by Bar Kochba against the Romans.  So as not to become targets of the Romans, they may have […]

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Congregation - Upcoming
Installation of Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman - September 3

Join us on Saturday, September 3 at 9:15 a.m. during Shabbat Morning Services as we formally install Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman as Associate Rabbi. Special kiddush to follow the service in the Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom. To honor Rabbi Goodman, please consider sponsoring this special installation. Sponsor name(s) will be listed in the Installation […]

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Who Was Henrietta Adler? Originally Published July 8-9, 2022.

Born either on July 14, 1870, or on December 1, 1868 (sources conflict), Henrietta “Nettie” Adler was the granddaughter of the Chief Rabbi of England Nathan Marcus Adler, and her father Hermann Adler would serve in the same post (he was deputized when his father’s health declined, and was later elected).  Ms. Adler was interested […]

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Who Was Rev. Frederick de Sola Mendes? Originally Published July 1-2, 2022.

Born on July 8, 1850, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Frederick de Sola Mendes was a part of the Mendes family of Spanish and Portuguese rabbis, including his father Rabbi Abraham Pereira Mendes.  His mother was Eliza de Sola, coming from thirteen generations of rabbis in Italy, France, and Amsterdam, including Frederick’s grandfather Rabbi David Aaron […]

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