Happening this Week
May 13 - May 20
Volunteers Needed in the Biblical Botanical Garden this Summer!
Rodef Shalom’s Biblical Botanical Garden is in need of volunteers from June 1 - Sept. 15. Volunteer responsibilities include sitting in the garden under the pavilion, greeting visitors who enter, and making sure visitors sign in and out of the guest book. Volunteers are not required to have any knowledge of the plants in the garden. A fact sheet is provided in case visitors have any specific questions. Each volunteer shift is between two to four hours long.
The following volunteer shifts are available:
Mondays, 10 a.m. - noon; Noon to 2 p.m.
Tuesdays, Noon - 2 p.m.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.- Dusk
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturdays, Noon - 2 p.m.
Volunteers under the age of 14 must have an adult volunteer present with them at all times. If volunteers under the age of 18 are interested, they must work with a partner. Contact
to volunteer today!
Interfaith Couples Needed for Study
The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University is looking to speak with interfaith couples in Greater Pittsburgh. Couples who complete this one-hour phone interview will receive a $40 gift card to Amazon. Participation guidelines: both members of the couple must be younger than age 45, and must either have no children or only children younger than the age of six. If this applies to you or someone you know, contact
Complimentary Lifetouch Portraits Available for Pickup
If you recently had your portrait taken during a photography session with Lifetouch for the new member directory, you can now pick up your complimentary 8x10 photograph by visiting the front desk!
Executive Director Barry Weisband is quoted in this recent radio segment with 90.5 WESA
, discussing increased security at synagogues.
to listen or to read the full story.
Mark your calendars for this Sunday, May 19
for this upcoming concert at Temple Sinai!
Rodef Shalom's own Cantorial Soloist, Molly May, is the director of the Pittsburgh Chapter of HaZamir,
and we hope you will support her wonderful work!
Squirrel Hill AARP Meeting
Wednesday, May 15
1:00 p.m. ∙ Falk Library
In addition to the general business meeting, elections of chapter officers by the general membership will be held. The slate includes Marcia Kramer, President, Marsha Stern, Vice President, Marilyn Honisgberg, Treasurer, Andrea DiBello, Recording Secretary, Hilda Goldhammer, Corresponding Secretary, and Gerri Linder, Financial Secretary.
In honor of Memorial Day, attendees and guests are asked to bring donations of large bottles of body wash, stick deodorant, denture adhesive and cleaners, body lotion, combs and brushes, belts, T-shirts with pockets, umbrellas, rain ponchos, gift cards, including bus passes, Giant Eagle, Walmart, etc. All donated items will be distributed to our local Veterans Administration.
Bob Cahalan, lifetime local resident, substitute teacher and active volunteer admissions officer for the Air Force Academy, will preset a stimulating audio-visual program celebrating Pittsburgh. The program will illustrate our progressive and interesting city with photography and music. Segments include the area economy, history, natural beauty, special events, houses of worship, bridges and more,
As always, all meetings are open to the senior population of our community. Refreshments will be served, For further information, contact Marcia Kramer at
Thanks to everyone who donated to the fund established in honor of Rabbi Sharyn H. Henry.
The award, to be presented biennially, will recognize an organization or individual that has made a significant impact toward social justice either locally or regionally. Rabbi Henry believes that those who seek to create a more just world is an essential part of Jewish life.
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 • Patricia and Miles Braverman • Karen and Richard Brean • Sharon Ryave Brody and Family • 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 • Teri and Barton Cowan • Marion Damick • Georgia Davidson • Arnold Davis • Debra and William Demchak • Margie and Dr. Paul Dubner • Eads Family • Mary Ellen Elias • 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 • Marcia Frumerman • Rabbi Jamie Gibson • Rebecca Gildengers • Sharon and James Goldberg • Goldman Union Camp Institute • Jennifer Burnau and Richard Gordon • 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. • Janice and Richard Henry • 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 • Goldie and Joel Katz • Mina Kavaler • 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 • 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 • 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 • Sabina and Peter Rosenfeld • Sarah and Jonathan Rosenson • 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 • Eleanor Schoenberger • Rabbi Burt Schuman • 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 • 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 • Susan and Benjamin Wechsler • Barry Weisband • Robin Wertkin • Lauren Wolcott • Myrna and Allan Zelenitz • Doreen Zisla
Construction work continues on Mimsie's Place, our new playground and outdoor classroom for Rodef Shalom's
Berkman Family Center and Preschool!
Here's what the final product will look like:
Weekly Meditation Series with Cantor Julie Newman
Tuesdays ∙ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m
May 14, 21, 28,
June 4, 11, 18
Join us for Jewish mindfulness meditation. No prior experience needed. Come as you are, all are welcome! Tuition by voluntary donation.
Saturday, May 18
12:00 p.m. ∙ Freehof Hall
in your fellow congregants at our monthly luncheon in honor of Julia's Bat Mitzvah by her parents Susan & Joe Freudenberg! Catering
will be provided by Dorian's.
Fran Lefkowitz Biblical Archaeology Series with Dr. Ron Tappy of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a huge success, with more than 150 people attending
the classes so far!
Attend the last installment of this seven-week course on May 19,
as new participants are welcomed each week. You'll have the chance to discover the archaeological evidence confirming well-known biblical narratives that have shaped history.
We will gather for a light lunch at 12:30 p.m. before class begins at 1 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Each week, we will delve into topics surrounding the Hebrew Bible, the life and times of Amos the Prophet, the Battle of Lachish and the Theology of Jerusalem, and more.
Sponsored by Women of Rodef Shalom, Brotherhood, and Rodef Shalom Congregation. This course is presented in blessed memory of Fran Lefkowitz, whose passion for Biblical Archaeology inspired the education of others during her life. We continue this course in her honor.
Road Closure Announcement: May 25
On Saturday, May 25, a few roads surrounding Rodef Shalom will close from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for OpenStreetsPGH, a free public event.
Consult the map below for details regarding roads, and on May 25, consider using
Google Maps or Waze for directions during the event, as they will direct people to all of the detours needed. For people coming and going to services, we recommend using Wilkins Ave., Forbes to Morewood Ave., and Center Ave. to get to Rodef Shalom.
to view a map of the route.
Sign up for this tour today at www.rodefshalom.org/rsvp.
Family Center and Preschool Announcements:
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on May 16 and 17, and there
no school for toddlers only on Thursday, and no school for older 2s, 3s and pre-K on Friday.
School will be closed for Memorial Day on May 27
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
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
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.
Friday, May 17
5:30 p.m. Service
-Rabbi Aaron Bisno
Saturday, May 18
10:30 a.m. Service
-Rabbi Aaron Bisno
-Rabbi Sharyn Henry
Do you ever wonder what's on sale at the Gift Corner? We can't tell you, because it changes all the time! There are, however, some fabulous bargains here, so make sure you take the time to check out our sale section while you're shopping with us.
Almost everything here is half off (some of it more!). Come help us clear off these shelves so we can put even more wonderful merchandise on sale!
And don't forget to like and share our Facebook page and posts! We always have new pictures of new merchandise so you can keep up with us!
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
Marla J. Perlman, Marjorie Silverman, Janet* and John Spear, and Ruth C. Yahr.
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 ∙ 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