Happening this Week
May 6 - May 13
Don't miss tonight's special performance!
Brotherhood Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, May 7
6:00 p.m. ∙ ALC1
Every member of Brotherhood and anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend and participate. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Purchase your tickets today at www.rodefshalom.org/rsvp!
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!
Now Accepting Nominations:
Board of Trustees
Members of the Nominating Committee are seeking referrals for future leaders of Rodef Shalom: talented and committed members who want to see our congregation thrive. Please email Bill Klingensmith at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate yourself or someone else to serve on the Board of Trustees no later than Friday, May 10.
Blaine Dinkin, daughter of Rodef Shalom Members Elliot and Laura Dinkin, recently received an award from the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association.
The Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to selected graduating senior students, with a preference for students who demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of women in their academic pursuits.
Blaine is a graduate student attending the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. She will graduate with a M.S. in Health Care Policy and Management this month. Upon graduation, she will complete a two-year administrative fellowship at Allegheny Health Network.
Do you have a simcha to share? Email your announcement to email@example.com!
J-JEP is seeking part-time Judaic Studies and Hebrew educators to join our Kindergarten to Grade 7 educator community!
Email your resume to Dan Eisner at
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!
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:
Torah and the Times
Thursday, May 9 -
Due to the World Union for Progressive Judaism Luncheon, this installment of Torah and The Times is canceled.
Resonance Works presents American Serenade
Saturday, May 11
∙ 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 12 ∙ 3:00 P.M.
With May’s American Serenade, Resonance Works salutes modern American concerti, showcasing as soloists the world-class musicians of our Resonance Chamber Orchestra. Each piece on the program is distinctly American, highlighting some of the finest composers of the last 75 years.
The centerpiece of the program is Bernstein’s Serenade, performed by Resonance Works concertmaster Sandro Leal-Santiesteban. Considered by many to be the finest piece of music Bernstein ever wrote, Serenade is said to have resulted from a rereading of Plato’s Symposium, the dialogue concerned with the nature and purpose of love. Clarinetist Ryan Leonard performs Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and flutist Lindsey Goodman will perform a world-premiere flute concerto by Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith. Rounding out the program is Andrew Norman's Gran Turismo and Joan Tower’s iconic Petroushkates, which she describes as a “carnival on ice.” Conductors Maria Sensi Sellner and Daniel Nesta Curtis share the podium for this season finale.
Tickets range from $25.00 - $50.00 with discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. Please visit
for tickets and more information.
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 next installment of this seven-week course on May 12,
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.
Every Sunday at 12:30 p.m., we will gather for a light lunch 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.
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 will be no classes for students.
Plant Sale Pickup!
If you ordered plants from the Preschool and Family Center Plant Sale, please pick up your order in Rodef Shalom’s parking lot on Sunday, May 12 between 9 a.m. and noon!
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, tee 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 is entirely non-commercial and 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 senior population of our community. Refreshments will be served, For further information contact Marcia Kramer at 412-731-3338.
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 10
5:30 p.m. Service
-Rabbi Aaron Bisno
-Arlene Schwartz Birthday Blessing
Saturday, May 11
10:30 a.m. Service
-Rabbi Aaron Bisno
-Rabbi Sharyn Henry
-Eli Firman Bar Mitzvah
"It is a tree of life to them that hold fast to it." If you are looking for tree of life items to show your commitment to Judaism, look no further than the Gift Corner.
We have a number of different styles and colors of jewelry, plus one fabulous etched glass menorah. (And of course you don't have to be Jewish to wear tree of life jewelry!)
Come see what we have in person, and don't forget that we now have new, expanded hours:
every weekday is 11 am - 4 pm.
We will still be available by appointment if you can't make it during those times, and we will be open occasionally for special events.
See you soon at the Gift Corner!
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
(during Religious School)
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