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Greetings From Rabbi Katz – October 13, 2013

I’m Rabbi Katz. Originally I’m from Rochester, New York but most recently from Pleasanton, California, which is about 40 minutes east of San Francisco. My wife, Nancy is from Long Island and we’ve lived in California for the last five years. Neither of us had been to Pittsburgh before we moved here less than a [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s Column

Friends, What a wonderful gift we have all been given these past three years in the presence, person and voice Amanda Russell. She has become a significant part of all of our lives whether on the Bima, in the classroom, tutoring students in her office, coordinating our youth program and so much more. Personally, I [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s column – June 3

Hevre, Time to celebrate our Kabbalat Torah/Confirmation students! These 10th graders – Jackie Bradshaw, Rachael Harrison, Austin Offnick and Ryan Mann – will lead us in prayer and share their heartfelt words about the meaning of being Jewish – this coming Friday evening at 7 PM during our 1st Friday Shabbat service. I have been [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s Column – May 27

Hevre, With observance of Memorial Day we reflect upon all those in our country who have given their lives, past and present, so that we may continue to enjoyed the unprecedented freedom that America offers. We are indeed a beacon of hope and justice for all the nations of the world. So many of the [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s Column

Hevre, While I am away in Philadelphia at my second residency for the Jewish Spiritual Direction program, Moreh Derekh, that I am participating in this year and next, I want to share with you an important message from Ms. Anat Hoffman, Executive Director, of the Israeli Religious Action Center. Ms. Hoffman has been actively involved [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s Column

“There’s an App for that!” Hevre, Tomorrow night, May 14th, at 7 PM, we, as a community, receive the Torah anew from Sinai! Each year since our sages turned Shavuot into the day of the Giving and Receiving Torah and not just an agricultural festival, we have symbolically re-enacted that unique life affirming and life [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s column

Hevre, Do Jews believe in angels (mal’a’khim/Divine Messengers)? Well, this coming Saturday evening at the Night of the Races, May 4th, I sure hope so! I’ve got 4 horses running named after 4 of the “mal’a’khim” of our rabbinic tradition, Ra’fa’el (Healer of God), Gav’ri’el (Strength of God), Uri’el (My Light of God), Me’kha’el (Who [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s Column

Hevre, This week’s Torah portions (a double portion) Aharei Mot – Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27) contains the central, well-known section of Leviticus 19 – the Holiness Code. Holiness, “kedusha”, is not just a Jewish value, of course, the Jewish twist here has the added concept of being “set apart and elevated.” Whether its by [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s column – April 8

Rabbi Donsky’s column – April 8

Hevre, As I wing my way to Peru today to visit my daughter, Aliyah, who is spending a year living abroad immersed in Peruvian culture and Spanish language, I thought that I would share with you some wonderful opportunities that are available for immersion in adult Jewish spiritual traditions this coming June, July and August. [...]

Rabbi Donsky’s column

Hevre, As our celebration of Pesakh concludes, the weeks ahead are filled with several more special observances, Yom haShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom haAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day and then the Festival of Shavuot (Weeks). This is the day upon which our rabbis, years later, set for Mattan Torah, the Day for the Giving and Receiving [...]