Happening this Week
July 15 - July 22
Discover Israel with Rabbi Bisno:
New Details Available!
Plan your trip with Rabbi Bisno this March!
Our journey throughout Israel will include visiting the must-see historical, religious, and modern sites, which are the part of the history of the land and the people. We will learn about the land, the nation, and the country through its food, sites, current events, and of course, experiencing daily life in Israel. We will connect with our partnership community in the Carmiel/Misgav Region and discover what makes it special.
Book Your Trip:
- Our trip will take place March 15 - 24, 2020.
- Pricing Options and Itinerary
- REGISTER NOW!
- Register by phone: 1-888-811-2812 x 1, open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Contact David Magen at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about travel.
Highlights of this trip include:
- A journey of education and inspiration
- Connect with Israel from ancient history to high-tech innovation
- Experience Jerusalem's holiness, Tel Aviv's energy, Northern serenity
- From jeeps on the Golan to floating on the Dead Sea: Israel's diversity
- Explore the triumphs and challenges of the nation
- The joy of the land: great food & tasting tours, mystical art & more
- See Israel in style: outstanding tour educators & speakers, superb service
Saturday Morning Study
July 20, 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10
Study an introduction to Mussar, a Jewish ethical, educational, and cultural movement or discipline (non-Hasidic roots), led by Susan Richman. We'll see you there!
Jewish Mindfulness Meditation with Cantor Julie Newman
Tuesday, July 23 ∙ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m ∙
Join Tiferet for Jewish mindfulness meditation. No prior experience needed. Come as you are, all are welcome! Tuition by voluntary donation.
Helena Nichols Named Director of Biblical Botanical Garden
Helena Nichols has accepted the position of Director of the Rodef Shalom Congregation Biblical Botanical Garden. Helena has been the Associate Director for 3½ years and in that time, the Garden has seen much success and growth. We appreciate Helena’s passion for her work and her commitment to our garden volunteers and the visitors who come from near and far.
Dr. Rabbi Walter Jacob, co-founder and our Rabbi Emeritus, will now be recognized as the Biblical Botanical Garden’s Director Emeritus and continue to actively serve as an important advisor to Helena and the Biblical Botanical Garden Committee.
Meet the New Director of the Joint Jewish Education Program: Rabbi Larry Freedman
Congregation Beth Shalom and Rodef Shalom Congregation are pleased and excited to announce the hiring of Rabbi Larry Freedman, who returns to Pittsburgh to lead our Joint Jewish Education Program.
Click here to read more!
The July issue of ReConnecting is here! Click
This message is based on a letter that was sent to all members in June.
Security Costs Reflected in Current
Since the tragedy of Oct. 27, Rodef Shalom has taken significant steps to ensure that our synagogue is safe and secure, while remaining warm and welcoming to the community. As you may know, the increased security costs are significant. We value your support as we continue to ensure safety and security so that everyone feels welcome and safe.
Recently, you received your dues statement, which now includes the cost of security recommendations included in a recent security assessment. These recommendations have been approved by the Board of Trustees, as they were created by our Security Committee.
For most members, the assessment represents a sum equal to 10% of individual dues contributions. For members who pay above the $2,544 Sustaining Member contribution, the assessment is capped at $254, and members who pay $500 or less annually are expected to contribute at least $50.
Please know that this assessment covers only a portion of the additional cost of our comprehensive security plan, which includes security personnel and significant facility upgrades. Rodef Shalom staff and lay leadership are actively pursuing additional sources of funding for the plan. We thank you for your ongoing support!
Front Desk Operating Hours Changed
Receptionist staffing for the front desk has shifted and will now be provided during the following hours:
- Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - close
- Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - close
- Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. - close
- Sundays: 9:30 a.m. - close
Security staff will be at the front desk for all hours of our operations and will be here to greet members and visitors. This is a permanent change in operations.
Rhythms & Purposes of Jewish Living
Classes will be held every Monday: September 9, 2019 – May 18, 2020
Interested in Jewish Learning? Join Shalom Pittsburgh for its first-ever Melton Adult Jewish Learning course, just for young adults (22-45 years old).
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, supplies the curriculum for a two-year course of study, taught by local area Rabbis and Jewish educators. This course provides adults with a comprehensive understanding of Jewish thought, practice and history. No prerequisite learning is required.
Cost: $180 per person, per year, and the cost includes all books and materials. Click
for more info.
Generously subsidized by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Endowment Fund – reduced from $600.
Registration Now Open!
Antisemitism, Hate, and Social Responsibility Conference
Nov. 10 and 11
Classrooms without Borders
In commemoration of the Tree of Life shooting, Classrooms Without Borders is organizing a conference titled Antisemitism, Hate and Social Responsibility, to take place at Rodef Shalom on November 10-11, 2019. The conference will feature lectures by renowned scholars and workshops that will equip teachers to educate and inspire their students to identify and combat hate, antisemitism and racism of all kinds. This conference is geared towards academia, clergy, educators, students, and interested community members.
Christian-Jewish Dialogue and Talmud Class with Rabbi Paul Tuchman will resume this September. No sessions will be held in July and August.
Support Immigrants: Belt and Shoelace Drive!
Help immigrants who come over the border from Mexico by donating new or gently used shoelaces and belts in the commons area at Rodef Shalom today. This is a Casa San Jose initiative. When immigrants cross the border, ICE officers confiscate these items, creating the need for your help. Please donate gently used or new belts and shoelaces to be sent to the border to help immigrants and refugees today. Bins are located in the Rodef Shalom commons area! Contact
for more info.
Do you have a simcha to share with the congregation? We are looking for your joyful announcements, including recent weddings, new babies, B'nai Mitzvah, and more!
Simply email your announcement with a photo to Director of Communications and Marketing, Stephanie Rex, at email@example.com to get started!
Thanks to everyone who donated to the
Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry Fund for Social Justice.
Anonymous (1) • Barbara Abraham • Barbara and Alan Ackerman • Robert Alexander • Marian and Tom Allen • Kathy Arnheim • Valerie and Paul Bacharach • Nancy and Lester Berkowitz • Dr. Michelle and Rabbi Aaron Bisno • Richard Burkitt •Judith Nesviksy and Jerry Bitner • Joan and Bernard Bloch • Charlotte Bluestone • Erin Barr and Jeff Bonno • Sandie and Bob Brand • Patricia and Miles Braverman • Karen and Richard Brean • Sharon Ryave Brody and Family • Jack Buncher Foundation • Richard Burkitt • Sylvia and Sidney* Busis, Maureen and Jim Busis, and Neil Busis • Joelle Caplan • Marilyn and Bernard Caplan • Sarah Castelli • Margot and Todd Cavalier • Adina and Brian Cohen • Naomi Siegel and Eric Cooper •Teri and Barton Cowan • Marion Damick • Georgia Davidson • Arnold Davis • Debra and William Demchak • Gene Dickman • Margie and Dr. Paul Dubner • Rubinoff-Dunham Family Fund • Caryn Rubinoff and Craig Dunham • Eads Family • Mary Ellen Elias • Walter Ellman • Susan Sternburg and James Epstein • Phyllis and Philip Feinert • Sharon and Morris Feldman • Sheila and Milton* Fine • Marian Finegold • Lois Finkel • Maxine and Dr. Stephen Fisher • Frederick Frank • Joan Friedberg • Marcia Frumerman • Rabbi Jamie Gibson • Rebecca Gildengers • Sharon and James Goldberg • Goldman Union Camp Institute • Jennifer Burnau and Richard Gordon • Dennis Grinberg • Hanna Gruen • Ina and Larry Gumberg • Beth, Jeff, Ellen and Jason Gusenoff • Lori and Richard Guttman • The Harrison Family • Dan Heit and JusticeWorks YouthCare Inc. • Bryna Helfer •Janice and Richard Henry • Phyllis Henry • Jacki and Jeff Herzog • Karen Hochberg • Carol Skinger and John Horn • Aislinn Bohren and Alex Imas • Dr. Walter Jacob • Lynne and Blair Jacobson • Jennifer Marin and Jeremy Kahn • David and Susan Friedberg Kalson • Jane and Barry Kart • Goldie and Joel Katz • Mina Kavaler • Barbara Gaines and Richard King, Jr. • Kathy and Cary Klein • Cantor Julie Newman and William Klingensmith • Elliott and Bobbee Slotsky Kramer • Eileen and Nicholas Lane • Symoine Laufe • Carol and Salem Leaman • Marcia Levaur • Frances F. Levin • Anne Lewis • Carol Tobin Lewis • Mimsie Leyton • Susan and Paul Lieber • Sally and Tim Litman • Susan and Richard Loether • Catherine and Mark Loevner • Amy Lowenstein • Bernard Mallinger • Gladys Maharam • Myrna and Mark Mason • Dorenberg and May Families • Ben McFerren • Jane and Dr. Richard Meltzer • Beverly Mermelstein • Rachel and Karl Meyers • Gwen Miller • Cheryl Moore • Pearl Moore • Carol and Richard Nathanson • Roberta Needleman • Marcia and Robert Netzer • Judith Roscow and Stephen Oliphant • Helen Orringer • Barbara and Lester Parker • Amy and Edwynn Platt • Valerie Monaco and Deborah Polk • Anne Molloy and Henry Posner III • Nancy and Bill Rackoff • Theresa Greco and Reid Roberts • Laura and Jason Rock • Sandy and Larry Rosen • Barbara and Bryan Rosenberger • Sabina and Peter Rosenfeld • Sarah and Jonathan Rosenson • Marcia Rosenthal • Nancy and Robert Rosenthal • Drs. Ellen and Loren Roth • Mayda Roth • Richard and Ann Bass Roth • Ruth Rubenstein • Deborah Rubin • Eric Schaffer and Cantor Michele Gray- Schaffer • Nancy Bernstein and Robert Schoen • Mary Beth and Guy Salama • Eleanor Schoenberger • Rabbi Burt Schuman • Arline Schwartz • Sally and Lanny Seed • Elizabeth Segel • The Segel Family • Jan and Don Shaw • Nataliya and Grigoriy Shevchenko • Eleanor Siegal • Dottie Silberman • Marjorie Silverman • Paul Silverman and Family • Richard Simon • Nancy Tapper Smith • Deborah Moss and Keith Somers • Suzanne Weinthal Somers • John Spear • Carol Spero • Heather and John Spitzer • Bill Stein • Marcia Stewart • Laura and Harlan Stone • Meredith and David Strassburger • Mona and E.J. Strassburger • Rochelle Sufrin • Rowna Sutin • Laura Swiss and Richard Swartz • Shirley Tucker • Pamela Wagoner • Carole and David Wallach • Susan and Benjamin Wechsler • Andrea and Ron Wedner • Barry Weisband • Sarah and Rick Wertheimer • Robin Wertkin • Michelle Einstoss, James Wilson and Jordan Wilson • Lauren Wolcott • Myrna and Allan Zelenitz • Doreen Zisla
Every Week at Rodef Shalom
Monthly Food Drive for the
Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry
Food justice is a significant part of our Social Action efforts! Help feed the needy in our community. Visit our donation station in the Commons area.
Learn about the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry at
Women of Rodef Shalom's Bridge Game
Mondays ∙ 12 p.m. ∙ Freehof Hall
Pittsburgh Bridge Association information is available at:
Mondays ∙ 7:00 p.m. ∙ ALC1
All are welcome.
Sewing Workshop Sponsored by Women of Rodef Shalom
Tuesdays ∙ 10 a.m. ∙ Sisterhood Room
PLEASE NOTE: The Sewing Workshop will not meet in August.
Beginners welcome. Contact Nancy Rosenthal: (412) 828-4844.
Wednesdays ∙ 12 p.m. ∙ Sisterhood Room
Pittsburgh Bridge Association information is available at:
Wednesdays ∙ 1 p.m. ∙ Freehof Hall
Everyone is welcome to this informal game of maj.
Wednesdays ∙ 7:30 p.m. ∙ Levy Hall
Our singers span several generations and have varying levels of musical experience. Music reading and Hebrew reading are not required. Our choir sings in services once a month and performs in the community a few times a year. For more information, email Molly May at
Afternoon Open Play
Tuesdays ∙ 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. ∙ Family Center
A classroom and the playground will be open for children who are accompanied by an adult to hang out with friends.
: (412) 621-6566 x127.
Parkinson's Support Group
Wednesdays ∙ 1 p.m. ∙ ALC1
Meets the first Wednesday of each month. Parkinson's Foundation Western Pennsylvania Information is available at:
Yoga sponsored by Women of Rodef Shalom
Fridays ∙ 9:30 - 11 a.m. ∙ Sisterhood Room
All genders are welcome. Cost is $10/class. Bring a mat. Contact Sharon Lesgold: (412) 904-2611.
Being out in the sun is great until your little one's head gets
sunburned! Little ones often do not have enough hair to protect their heads, so they need some extra help, and these sun hats at the Gift Corner will be just the thing. And they will look so adorable on them,
too! They also help protect their eyes (which goes for tiny tots with hair as well), since the sun doesn't discriminate in where it shines. While you're there checking out the headgear, don't forget to eyeball the really cute outfits as well! Please note: We are now carrying toddler sizes as well as baby clothes.
See you soon at the Gift Corner!
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(during Religious School)
Evenings by appointment.
A Resource for Your Finances
JFunds is a network of funding sources available in the Jewish community. Whether you are figuring out how to finance your child’s education, replace your furnace, pay for medical, prescription, or dental expenses, afford next month’s bills, or sending a teen on a trip to Israel, there are people ready to partner with you! Visit
to find out about the many resources available to you.
Thank you to our congregants who created their legacy by including Rodef Shalom Congregation in their will, trust, retirement account, or insurance policy.
Welcome to our newest members in 2019, Charlotte Bluestone, Alex Heit and
Marla J. Perlman, Nancy Rosenthal, Marjorie Silverman, Janet and Ed Snyder, Janet* and John Spear, Ruth C. Yahr, and Florence and Harvey Zeve*.
Anonymous (3) ∙ Betty Abrams* ∙ Barbara and Alan Ackerman ∙ Marcia* and Richard Adelsheim ∙ Lawrence Adler ∙ Bette and Hal* Bigler ∙ Michelle and Aaron Bisno ∙ Karen and Richard Brean ∙ Rosella and Gilbert Broff* ∙ Sylvia and Sidney Busis* ∙ Marion Cohen* ∙ Teri and Barton Cowan ∙ Marcia and Charles* Deaktor ∙ Ruth and Emil Feldman* ∙ Sheila and Milton* Fine ∙ Sylvia Fischer ∙ Frederick Frank ∙ Nachum Golan and Steven Hough ∙ Bette Jean Goldblum* Jack Goldsmith* ∙ Juliette Grauer* ∙ Anna Greenberg* ∙ Sharyn Henry and Dennis Grinberg ∙ David Hammerstein ∙ Jacki and Jeffrey Herzog ∙ Martha and Edwin Horne* ∙ Irene* and Dr. Walter Jacob ∙ Lynne and Blair Jacobson
∙ Evan Klein ∙ Audrey and Robert* Lazar ∙ Francine* and Alan Lefkowitz ∙ Susan Friedberg Kalson and David Kalson ∙ Natalie A. Kaplan ∙ Corrine and Seymoure
Krause* ∙ Amy Langham ∙ Sharon and Alan Lesgold ∙ Marcia Levaur ∙ Edgar Levenson* ∙ Frances and David* Levin ∙ Janet Markel and Barry Lhormer* ∙ Sally and Tim Litman ∙ Lois and Milton Michaels ∙ Norma and Edgar Michaels* ∙ Pauline and Bernard Michaels* ∙ Carol Goldblum Nathenson ∙ Helen Orringer
∙ Lynn and Gerald Ostrow* ∙ Jeffrey Pollock ∙ Shirley and Sidney Rapport* ∙ Richard E. Rauh ∙ Mildred Rogow ∙ Bette and Howard Rom ∙ Sabina and Peter Rosenfeld ∙
Robert Rosenthal ∙
Mayda Roth ∙
Michelle Gray-Schaffer and Eric Schaffer ∙ Dottie Silberman ∙ Richard Simon ∙ William Stein ∙ Karla and Raymond Stept* ∙ Laura and Harlan Stone ∙ Meredith and David Strassburger ∙ Mona and E.J. Strassburger ∙ Barry Weisband ∙ Carole Williams ∙ Ruth Wintner* ∙ Susan and Robert Wolf* ∙ Leatrice and John* Wolf, Sr.
*z"l - "of blessed memory"
To learn more about the Rodef Shalom Legacy Society, contact Mayda Roth at