Dec
24
9:00 AM09:00

Blood Drive

How do Jews celebrate Christmas?
By helping our Christian neighbors while they’re celebrating their holiday.

It may be the holidays, but the need for blood continues all year. Join us as we help the local blood bank to be ready for emergency and surgical needs. If you can be a donor, just come to the synagogue’s social hall, and the Red Cross personnel will take over. You can also make an appointment. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter: BritShalom, or telephone 1-800 RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

By the way, to make this a very Jewish event, we’ll have refreshments of Chinese food!

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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat in Song with Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz: Shabbat in Song

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face. Join us!

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Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Klezmer Music Workshops with Simple Gifts, Part I

Simple Gifts is an outstanding duo who perform a number of instruments and styles of music. In a workshop geared toward amateur and professional musicians, Simple Gifts will teach participants to play Klezmer music. Klezmer, the traditional music of the Eastern European Jewish population, uses scales, modes, ornaments and expressions that are different from Western music. This workshop will focus on the cultural and technical aspects of this music.

These workshops and performance were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Klezmer Music Workshop with Simple Gifts, Part II

Simple Gifts is an outstanding duo who perform a number of instruments and styles of music. In a workshop geared toward amateur and professional musicians, Simple Gifts will teach participants to play Klezmer music. Klezmer, the traditional music of the Eastern European Jewish population, uses scales, modes, ornaments and expressions that are different from Western music. This workshop will focus on the cultural and technical aspects of this music.

These workshops and performance were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Klezmer Music Performance with Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts is an outstanding duo who perform a number of instruments and styles of music. In a workshop geared toward amateur and professional musicians, Simple Gifts will teach participants to play Klezmer music. Klezmer, the traditional music of the Eastern European Jewish population, uses scales, modes, ornaments and expressions that are different from Western music.

Participants from the workshop will perform what they learned, and then Simple Gifts will present a program that will focus on Klezmer and related styles from Eastern Europe, especially Romanian, Russian, and Balkan music. Throughout the program, Simple Gifts will include educational narrative that will help the audience to better understand this music.

After the concert, audience members who want to learn more can stay to ask questions and see some of the instruments up close. Some of Simple Gifts' less fragile instruments can be handled and played by audience members. The Simple Gifts musicians will give informal group lessons to people who gather around these instruments.

These workshops and performance were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat in Song with Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz: Shabbat in Song

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face. Join us!

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Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Film Series: Past Life

This is the second installment in our “Fourth Sunday Flicks” series. Past Life is a drama based on a true story and tracks the late 1970s odyssey of two Israeli sisters—an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist—as they investigate shocking Holocaust events that cast a dark shadow on their lives.

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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat in Song with Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz: Shabbat in Song

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face. Join us!

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat in Song with Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz: Shabbat in Song

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face. Join us!

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Shabbat in Song AND CHANUKAH with Michelle Katz

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face.

This service will be a special one in honor of the sixth night of Chanukah. Everyone is invited to bring a Menorah so we can all light our candles together.

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Nov
2
to Dec 2

Celebrating Israel: Snapshots of the People Behind a Young State

Celebrating Israel: Snapshots of the People Behind a Young State
From November 2nd through December 2nd

This is a poster exhibition from The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary. This exhibit highlights the historical moments leading to the establishment of Israel through the perspective of its people. Pictures and personal stories highlighting the lives of Israel’s immigrants are woven through the narrative of the founding of Israel. The exhibit will be on display in the Social Hall through December 2.

Thanks to Ellis Abramson and W.R. Hickey Company for printing the posters sent in digital form from the museum.

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Special Shabbat Service

In the shadow of the tragic event last Shabbat in Pittsburgh, we shall gather for a special Sabbath Service and time of reflection. As so many of our non-Jewish friends and neighbors have been so supportive during this sad and traumatic time, we are inviting the Interfaith Community to join us. Several Christian clergy will be participating in the service. Join us as we combine our Shabbat worship with prayers that righteousness and kindness can help us to overcome hatred and intolerance.

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Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Jonah Pesner on Social Justice

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism and Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, will present a talk entitled: 
“Prophetic Power & Politics: How Reform Jews Can Confront the Fierce Urgency of Now and Covenant to Create a More Just World.” Rabbi Pesner will tell the inspiring story of the historic decision by the Reform Movement to launch the Religious Action Center nearly sixty years ago, at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. He will lay out the compelling challenges we continue to confront as we seek a world of wholeness, justice and peace, especially during the current political context and rise in white supremacy and bigotry. He will deal with racial disparities, voting rights, mass incarceration, and more. He will describe the challenges that vulnerable communities are confronting, and he also will reflect on the political polarization in our culture and the need to honor diverse perspectives and find common ground around shared values. With the approaching mid-term elections, Rabbi Pesner will offer some analysis and lay out opportunities going forward. He will close with a call to action, with concrete steps we can take as individuals, as a congregation, and as a movement for Tikun Olam.

 

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Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Loss Support Group


Come to talk and/or listen as we discuss informally the losses in our lives—whether from death, divorce, broken relationships, or loss of physical ability. This is not a class nor a therapy session, just a place to share experiences and ideas. We’ll meet in the Social Hall for the first of what we hope is a monthly gathering.

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Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Simchat Torah and Congregational Dinner

Join us at 5:00 PM for our Simchat Torah Service.
We'll celebrate God's gift of the Torah, complete Deuteronomy, and begin Genesis. 
And, we'll get our annual tour of the Torah as we roll through it all.

Then, at 6:00 PM, join us for a festive congregatgional Pasta Potluck Dinner. Pasta and sauces will be provided. You are invited to dazzle everyone with a side dish or dessert. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Petnick at lpetnick@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sep
23
5:30 PM17:30

Rabbi Ostrich's "Bar Mitzvah" Party

Please join Family, Friends, and Members of Congregation Brit Shalom for a celebration to honor and thank Rabbi David Ostrich for his thirteen years of devotion and commitment to our synagogue and community. Cocktail Reception at Centre Hills Country Club. RSVP by September 1st to admin@britshalomstatecollege.org or 814-238-4611.

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Sep
9
to Sep 19

High Holy Days 2018 (5779!)

ROSH HASHANAH

Sunday September 9th
8:00 PM Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

Monday September 10th
10:00 AM  Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

4:00 PM   Tashlich Hike

Tuesday September 11th
10:00 AM   Second Day Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

 

YOM KIPPUR
Tuesday September 18th
7:00 PM   Kol Nidre and Evening Service

Wednesday September 19th
10:00 AM   Yom Kippur Morning Service and Yizkor

3:00 PM     Adult Discussion Group
4:30 PM     Minchah (Afternoon Service)
6:30 PM   Neilah (Concluding) Service
7:45 PM    Break the Fast

 

 

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Jul
20
7:00 AM07:00

Shabbat in Song with Michelle Katz

  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • 7:00 PM  8:30 PM

Once each month, member and musician extraordinaire Michelle Katz will provide the music for our Friday evening service. Bringing her collection of inspiring and upbeat Jewish music, Michelle will enhance our worship service and bring a Shabbat smile to everyone’s face.

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Tot Shabbat

This is our special program for young children and their parents. We gather at 6:30 for some pizza and visiting. Then, we go into the sanctuary service at 7:00 for candle lighting and the first part of the service. Then, we move to the library for some age specific Jewish activities. For more information, please contact Becca Pangborn Thorsen at beccapangborn@yahoo.com or (814) 272-0540.

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Interfaith Iftar and Shavuot Celebration

Along with the Interfaith Initiative Centre County, our congregation and members of the local Islamic community are sponsoring a joint celebration of two important religious events. For Jews, Shavuot is when we celebrate God's gift of the Ten Commandments, presented, according to the Midrash, out in the middle of nowhere (Sinai) because the gift is for all humanity. This year, from mid-May to mid-June (our Sivan), our Muslim neighbors are celebrating Ramadan, the annual month of fasting and introspection. An Iftar is the feast eaten after the sunrise to sunset fast every day of Ramadan. We'll be combining these two religious moments with a program and feast. Join us at the synagogue at 8:00 PM on Saturday May 19th. We'll have food and sharing and some religious teachings. If you would like to bring a dairy or vegetarian dish, please let Rabbi Ostrich know.  

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Helping Hands Award: Marla Yukelson

Join us for our Shabbat worship service AND the presentation of this year's Helping Hands Award. This is the highest award our congregation gives, and it is thankfully given this year to Marla Yukelson. Marla has served Congregation Brit Shalom for many, many years and in all kinds of roles. Currently, she is the Vice-President of Education and supervises our Religious School. Please help us to thank and honor Marla.

AND, our music will be led by Michelle Katz. It should be a very worshipful and festive evning.

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Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Community Passover Seder

Join us for our First Night Seder. Rabbi Ostrich will lead, using our congregational Haggadah. The food will be delicious, as usual: a kosher feast supervised by Trudy Lipowsky. Fun and inspiration are guaranteed. 

A registration form will be sent to all members in the March/April Centre Scroll newsletter. Non-members should contact the synagogue office for reservations. The charge for the seder supper is $40. per person. ($15 per child from ages 5-12: children under age 5 are free.)

Reservations should be made by March 16th (so we can make sure that there is enough for everyone!)

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Fourth Sunday Flicks: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band's Visit)

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, consisting of eight men, arrive in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah Tikva, but through a miscommunication (Arabic has no "p" sound and regularly replaces it with a "b"), the band takes a bus to Beit Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert. There is no transportation out of the city that day, and there are no hotels in which they can spend the night. The band members dine at a small restaurant where the owner, Dina, invites them to spend the night at her apartment, a friend's apartment, and in the restaurant. That night brings challenges to all of the characters.

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Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

PURIM CELEBRATION

Join us for a celebration of Tradition and Hamentaschen!
We begin at 6:00 PM with a Pizza Potluck Supper. Bring your best enhancements to excellent pizza. Hamentaschen will follow!

Then, at 7:00 PM, we move into the sanctuary for our annual Megillah Reading/Telling. Costumes are encouraged for all ages. We'll provide groggers, but other noise-making technologies are welcome! HAPPY PURIM!

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Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Fourth Sunday Flicks: A Wing and a Prayer

A Wing and a Prayer, a film by Boaz Dvir, tells the virtually unknown story of Al Schwimmer who led a secret, illegal operation to give the newborn Jewish State a chance to survive. Schwimmer and key members of his team thought they were through figting after WWII ended in 1945. Yet Schwimmer convinced them to put their lives and U.S. citizenships on the line to give the Jewish State a fighting chance in the 1948 Arab-Israel War. Mr. Dvir will be with us to lead a discussion of the film.

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Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Klezmer Night with Simple Gifts

“Simple Gifts” is an outstanding duo who perform a number of instruments and styles of music. Performing at schools, colleges and universities, folk festivals, churches, Longwood Gardens, and the Smithsonian Institution, they have been described as extraordinary (National Theatre Review), infused with “energy, integrity, and joy” (Boston Globe), and “fun, informative, and energetic” (Smithsonian).  At Temple Beth El in Huntington, New York the audience “were on their feet the instant the concert ended.” Join us as they get us on our feet with gems from the Klezmer repertoire. 

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Klezmer Workshop with Simple Gifts

In a workshop geared toward amateur and professional musicians from the synagogue and the community, Simple Gifts will teach participants to play Klezmer music. Klezmer (literally Yiddish for "musician") is the traditional music of the Eastern European Jewish population, and it uses scales, modes, ornaments and expressions that are different from Western music. This workshop will focus on the cultural and technical aspects of Klezmer music.

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