May
27
9:30 AM09:30

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Our Christmas Eve blood drive was so successful that we’ve been asked to host another one. It’s an opportunity to perform the mitzvah of piku’ach nefesh—the saving of a life!

For this drive—which will be in the social hall, we’ll need two groups of volunteers.

One group will help with greeting donors and serving them snacks and souvenirs.

The other group will donate blood.

Please let the Rabbi know if you can help out on either front.

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May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Interfaith Iftar

This is a chance to share our faith with that of our Muslim neighbors and friends. Iftar is the festive meal eaten every night after the day long fast during the month of Ramadan, and the Turkish Cultural Society is holding Iftar meals at various non-Muslim congregations around the area.

The program is simple. We gather at 8:00 and hear brief messages of inspiration about Muslim spirituality and Jewish spirituality. Then we eat and visit.

Everyone is asked to bring a vegetarian dish for an international potluck supper.

This program was wonderful last year, and we look forward to welcoming our Muslim friends again this year.

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May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Yom Hashoa: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Join us as we commemorate victims of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah. Our speaker will be Dr. Eliyana Adler, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State. Dr. Adler’s talk is entitled, “If a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him: Polish Jewish Flight and Survival in the Soviet Union during World War II.” This talk will follow the trails and trials of the several hundred thousand Polish Jews who survived the Second World War in the Soviet interior. Although this group formed the majority among Polish Jewish survivors of the war, their story is not widely known. Based on her forthcoming book, Professor Adler will provide an overview of their escape from German forces, encounter with Soviet communism, deportation to the Gulag, amnesty and struggle in Central Asia, and eventual repatriation to Poland. Maps, photographs, and quotations from documents will be used to illustrate the stops along the way.

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Congregational Passover Seder

Join us as we tell the story of what the Lord did for us when we came out of Egypt. Using our own congregational Haggadah, we shall tell the stories and sing the songs and put ourselves into the ancient saga of the Exodus. Reservations are required. To make reservations, please contact the synagogue office at 814-238-4611.

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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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Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

Refugee Benefit Dinner

Congregation Brit Shalom has been approached to participate in a local effort to support immigrant families in State College who are in the process of seeking asylum. In response to a grassroots organization called Immigrant Families Together, several individuals in our community have welcomed these families and are organizing support. These families are here legally and are being represented by attorneys in their efforts to remain in the U.S. This is an opportunity for Congregation Brit Shalom to act on one of the important principles of our faith and tradition—concern for the stranger in our midst. Rabbi Ostrich wrote very eloquently about this in THIS WEEK IN THE TORAH, February 1: Mishpatim: How are we to treat people from other places? Within our country, there are often differences with which we need to contend, but what happens when people seek to join us from other countries? Though we certainly have the right and the responsibility to maintain our borders and to protect our country, we also have an obligation to respect the humanity of the immigrants who arrive upon our shores or at our borders. The Torah reminds us that they are human beings and not political footballs, but the political process seems more focused on politicking than approaching these human beings with respect and fairness. How can you help? The main needs at the moment are funds to cover legal fees, provide gift cards for food and other daily needs, and to provide transportation for family members to and from Pittsburgh for ICE hearings. To kick off these efforts, we are planning a pre-service Shabbat dinner on Friday, April 5th at 5:30 P.M. There will be no fixed price for the meal, but everyone is encouraged to make a donation to support this family. Dinner will be vegetarian soups and salads. If you want to help with the fundraising dinner, contact Esther Siegfried (siegfriedesther44@gmail.com). If you want to help with transportation or make a direct donation, please contact Tamar London (tamar@londonwolfe.com). If you have other ideas or suggestions, feel free to contact either of us.
THIS DATE OF THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM MARCH 24TH TO APRIL 5TH.

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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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