Ve-ulai: An Evening of Great Israel songs

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. On Yom HaAtzma’ut, in celebration of 73 years of Israel’s independence, join Rabbi Adelson for an online Leil Shirah, an Israeli-style sing-along of wonderful Hebrew songs from across the decades. Lyrics will be provided; bring your own glass of Israeli wine. Meeting ID: 943 2466 5900 Passcode: “minyan” Read More…

Derekh Hebrew for Beginners

Learn how to pronounce and read basic Hebrew. In this 10 week class, we’ll get a handle on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, how to say them and read them, and become more fluent with the reading of some of our sacred texts like Torah and the siddur. 10 WEEK CLASS SCHEDULE April 11 Read More…

Passover Sing-A-Long Storytime

Thursday, April 1 at 10 a.m. In Singalong Storytime, families will experience Pesach through stories and songs designed to engage infants and young children, through age 9. This will be facilitated by Beth Jacobs and Erica Fox Zabulsky. Meeting ID: 822 4937 4112Passcode: 478152

Pesah University 5781

Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Leshanah Haba-ah Biyrushalayim / Next Year in Jerusalem We say this at the end of every seder. But what does it mean, exactly? And does the yearning for Jerusalem appear in other places in the haggadah? In this second year of pandemic Passover observance, how might we think about Read More…

Did the Exodus Really Happen?

Nagging Questions from the Seder with Dr. Ben Sommer This is collaboration between Temple Ohav Shalom, Congregation Beth Shalom’s Derekh, Temple Emanuel, and Temple David. Join us for this wonderful series with Dr. Ben Sommer of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Jewish identity in the Shema and many other prayers is based on an event that Read More…

Where Pride Dwells

A Conversation with LGBTQ+ Activist and Jewish Leader, Rabbi Denise L. Eger Sunday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Denise L. Eger, a trailblazing lesbian Rabbi. Rabbi Eger will discuss her new book, Mishkan Ga’Avah: Where Pride Dwells, and share how the Pittsburgh Jewish community can better celebrate and Read More…

Derekh Theatre Talks: Black Plays in Pittsburgh & Beyond

In celebration of Black History month, join us for a community discussion of Black plays whose characters and themes resonate with present-day politics, protest movements, and community struggles. We will discuss plays by Lynn Nottage, August Wilson, and Christopher Demos-Brown. This discussion series is being presented in partnership with The 412 Black Jewish Collaborative. The Read More…

Third Annual Derekh Speaker Series

Uncovering Hidden Stories This series is sponsored by: Sarah Blake Naamah: The Novel January 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision Read More…

Remixing Judaism with Professor Roberta Kwall

Wednesday, February 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Join the conversation as Professor Roberta Kwall discusses how we can “remix” Jewish Tradition by developing a richer set of culturally religious norms to provide a foundation for a transmissible Jewish tradition. This conversation, based in her book, “Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World” is perfect Read More…

Climbing the Tree of Life: A Tu Bishvat Seder

Thursday, January 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Join us as we explore the mystical Four Worlds, eat some fruits and nuts, and drink four cups of wine for a virtual Tu Bishvat seder experience led by Rabbi Seth Adelson. We will ascend the rungs from the corporeal to the spiritual as we celebrate Creation, symbolized Read More…