May 10,
1 Sivan 5773 
Candle Lighting: 8:06
Havdalah: 9:16

Omer 45

Parshat Bamidbar
Chodesh Tov
Dvar Torah
Parashat Bamidbar begins with Moshe taking a census of Bnei Yisroel. In the opening verse the Torah states, "And G-d spoke to Moshe in the Desert of Sinai." The medrash notes the significance of the fact that G-d's commands to Moshe were issued specifically in the desert. The Medrash notes, "whoever is unable to make himself ownerless like a desert is unable to acquire wisdom and Torah." 
The image of the desert in this medrash is most often understood as a reference to humility. Just like a desert is regarded as barren without many features to boast about, we cannot think too highly of ourselves when trying to acquire Torah knowledge. We must recognize that knowledge can only be attained if we understand our need for more knowledge. 
Additionally, the medrash challenges us to, "make ourselves like a desert." This is a provocation that we must thirst for Torah knowledge like a desert thirsts for water. We must crave and cherish every drop of Torah that we come across.  As we prepare for the onset of Shavuot, and we remember our original acceptance of the Torah, we must keep these two lessons in mind. We must approach our Torah study with the humility to realize how much more there is to know, and with the thirst and desire to attain that knowledge. 
Shabbat Shalom!
  • June 2 - Sefer Torah celebration (see flyer)
  • June 4 - Annual Hillel Academy Dinner at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. Call the main office for more information, 412.521.8131.
  • Save the date - June 12 at 12pm - Sports/Club Bunch for grades 4-12, parents are welcome.  Invitations are forthcoming.
  • Graduation dates: 
    • 12 Boys - June 9 - 9:30am
    • 12 Girls - June 9 - 2:30pm
    • 8 Boys - June 16 - 6:30pm 
    • 8 Girls - June 17 - 7:00pm
Snapshots From the Week 
              The one year olds learn science with Morah Elaine.   
The 7/8 grade girls had a special
 evening program with Hadassa and 
Dalia in honor of Yom Yerushalayim.
Thank you Hadassa and Dalia for all you have done for us this year.   

GrillCheese Time - BookBlast!
The annual Book Blast was kicked off this past Friday. Book Blast celebrates and encourages reading. It is an event that the students in grades K-6 look forward to each year. The lunchroom is decorated with the theme (this year was Nedivus - Giving). Students are encouraged to wear slippers. Some classes make magic carpets. In general, it is a fun and exciting program. This year's program was very unique as the best closer in Major League Baseball was the guest reader. Mr. Jason Grilli graciously volunteered his time to speak to the students and read The Lorax.   
Mr. Grilli began his visit to Hillel in the Bloom/Garrett Library as he addressed the  7-12 grade boys and their teachers. Mr. Grilli's message was simple, things are hard but don't give up. He briefly explained how hard it was for him to get to where he is today, that success is not an overnight thing.  "I should not be able to walk today, the doctors told me."  Mr. Grilli explained that he had to be determined after an injury to his knee cap in 2010 left most medical professionals believing he would never  play baseball again.  Mr. Grilli also said that he had, "Aisle seven of Lowes in the right side of my body."  He was referring to the fact that there is so much metal holding him together. The boys listened with wide eyes as he told baseball stories and cracked jokes.  After he answered a few questions, it was time for the next segment of the Grilli visit to take place.  Mr. Grilli exited the building with Mr. Kraut and they waited by the lunchroom door for the "go sign."
While Mr. Grilli was presenting to the 7-12 boys, Book Blast was underway in the lunchroom. Grades kindergarten through fifth rotated through reading stations. At each station a member of the GHS read a book to that class. The girls in grades 6-8 also had a program in the lunchroom called Book Nook where they read age appropriate short stories and poems
The high school girls finished reading by 10:30 and all eyes focused on the podium where everyone, teachers included, assumed Mr. Grilli would read.  At that point in flew Reb Shaw.  "I love baseball, you know that," Reb Shaw began. "Our next reader is fresh off the plane from Milwaukee  and is tied for the most saves in Major League Baseball," he continued.  All the kids were leaning forward anticipating Mr. Grilli, after all who else could it be, there were Grilli signs all over the lunchroom. "Without further ado, I present to you MR. Jason Grilli," Reb Shaw announced.  The front lunchroom doors both opened, but instead of 6'4" pitcher running in, a 5'5" Rabbi dressed as Jason Grilli ran in. Yes, you guessed it, Rabbi Weinberg dressed in his SAR Sting softball jersey (retro fitted to look like a Bucco jersey), a blond (mullet style) wig, baseball socks and a Pirates Hat, might have fooled the kids for a second.  Rabbi Lowy recounted, "I felt bad for the kids, they really wanted to meet 
Jason."  As Rabbi Weinberg began to talk, the lights went off, the doors closed and a video clip was projected onto two large screens on either side of the podium.  The clip shown accompanied by loud music was non other than the Jason Grilli entrance video that is played at PNC Park when Grilli runs in from the bullpen in the ninth.  Just as the students and staff realized what they were watching, the back lunchroom door opened and in ran JASON GRILLI.  The rest is history. 
After he read the Lorax to the kids, he went into the office for a private interview session with Ezra Kraut (see below). 
 We want to thank Dr. Marc Itskowitz for making our dream a reality and helping us create one of the most memorable days  in recent history at Hillel Academy
Lastly, thank you Mr. Grilli for all of your time. We really appreciate it.  Good luck with the rest of the season and when you bring the World Series trophy back to the 'Burgh, stop by Hillel so we can cheer you! 


All together, it was a Book Blast to remember

Hillel Gear Spotted Here

Hey, Hillel Happenings readers, we all know that Hillel nation extends well beyond Squirrel Hill. So here's our chance to prove it. Send a picture of yourself in Hillel gear (uniform, t-shirt, etc.) to [email protected], and each week we'll select the best picture for inclusion in the Hillel Happenings.

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 Senior Feature - 

Sarah Baila Gordon

This is the seventh week of a nine week feature where we showcase one graduating
 high school senior. Our objectives are to demonstrate how proud we are of them, for you, our readers, to get to know them a little better, and lastly, to offer them the opportunity to share some facts about themselves. Enjoy! At the end of nine weeks, you will be able to vote on Facebook for your favorite senior. (Relax, we are just kidding)!
Nicknames:  Sir Baila, SareBear, SBG, Princess, Turtle 
Seminary she plans on attending:  Levavi
University she plans on attending: I plan on opening up my own college - I am currently accepting applications! For more information feel free to contact me personally or through my agent.
Hillel Memory: 

Climbing through the lounge window on Shabbaton 2012

Physics class 

All three Retreats so far!

Robbery/Lockdown at Hillel

Advice for underclassman: 
Attitude is everything! Also: be careful with the lockers. They may fall on you! I can personally attest to that statement.
What is important in a shidduch: Refer to my Purple Paper - but if you're really that interested and wonder if you qualify, feel free to contact me personally or through my agent. 
Where do you see Hillel going in the future: Maybe they'll fix the fence that the police car ran into - who knows? Or maybe a moving walkway for the hallway in the GHS! Whatever happens, Hillel Academy is going far!
Fun Fact:  

I am the proud owner of two fish named Franklin and Wanda and a pretty awesome blue ukulele.

Favorite Quote: 

"It's all giggles and sunshine!" -Professor Kingman


Faculty Profile - Mr. Kingman


Mr. Kingman: Fostering More Than Just a Love of Math


          Mr. Spencer Kingman (also known as "Penny" by his mother, "Per" by his little sister and "Spenking" by his friends) is a celebrated and highly popular math teacher at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh. He's finishing his third year of teaching, all of which were spent at Hillel. Mr. Kingman is famous for his easygoing personality, his ability to make math fun - even for those who hate the subject - his corny math jokes and his overall, contagious love for the subject he teaches. (Surprisingly, he did not like math in high school.) But Mr. Kingman fosters more than just a love of math.

            Recently, the Kingman family made a lifelong dream into a reality. A few weeks ago, Mr. Kingman, his wife Hannah, and his 2-year-old daughter Sidera welcomed 2-year-old Jaynice and 3-year-old Julian into the family as foster children. About adoption, Mr. Kingman says they hope the kids can go back to their family. He says, "It's difficult to take care of kids but they're great kids and we love having them!" What was it that made the family decide to take this huge step? Well, it was a lifelong goal of Hannah's and now that they have a house as opposed to an apartment, the dream was finally attainable.

In addition, Hannah is pregnant! With all this activity, it's no wonder Mr. Kingman says he has no spare time! "My spare time is spent caring for kids!" However, Mr. Kingman does take 10 minutes out of his morning to read. He's "more of an author person" and likes Doris Lessing, William Gibson, and Marge Piercy. "I like to read math books, too, but they're very difficult and I don't usually finish them," he says.  Mr. Kingman also likes to cook and while in the car he follows sports and enjoys music.

      How did Mr. Kingman get interested in music? When he was 15, his neighbor went to college, leaving behind an electric guitar. He really wanted to play, so he borrowed the guitar and began to play the Beatles, REM, and 10,000 Maniacs. In 2006, Mr. Kingman was in a band with his musical role model, David Longstreth, who is "insanely creative, never lazy, and has lot's of energy."

      Mr. Kingman was born in Sacramento, CA and moved to Louisville, KY, Clovis, NM, and finally Las Vegas, NV where he lived for 10 years, including all four years of high school. As a young boy, Mr. Kingman treasured his Star Wars toys. As a slightly older child, it became his baseball cards and autographs, of which he had several, including a ball with the whole team of the 1946 Dodgers and one with the Yankees, containing the signature of the great Joe DiMaggio. As a teenager, his hobby again changed, this time to his guitar and his camera.

Photography was a hobby of Mr. Kingman's and he enjoyed taking pictures of the city and urban life. He thinks that photography is a really good interest for teenagers, that it's therapeutic and that teenagers take really interesting pictures because they are exploring the world.

        Mr. Kingman was a successful student, invested enough to get A's, but not much into academics. He was much more interested in Art classes and hoped to be some sort of artist. Mr. Kingman first went to film school and actually worked on one movie before switching career paths. He says about college: "Sometimes college is not only about finding a job, but about finding your identity. I'm lucky I was able to do that. It's a tragedy of the world we live in that most people don't get to explore while in college."

          Mr. Kingman had some funny food experiences to share. While on an early date with his wife, Mr. Kingman went to an Ethiopian restaurant and ordered something that looked interesting: a certain raw beef dish. After ordering, the waiter came to check that they understood what they would be eating. The Kingmans assured them that they did. Then, the cook came out of the kitchen to check and after that, even the owner came out to confirm! In the end, it turned out to be a tasty dish. About a month ago, Mr. Kingman went to his friend's house for a "Feast of the Beasts" where he ate such random meats as squirrel, turtle, and kangaroo! He testifies that it all tasted like beef.

One of the things Mr. Kingman likes most about teaching at Hillel is that he has a lot of freedom and can really choose what he wants to do. In most school districts, the curriculum is rigidly set and there's not as much freedom. He says, "I take advantage of that every day. Like when we go off on tangents in Algebra 2, talking about species of bananas, Copernicus, and language groups."

      Speaking of language groups, Mr. Kingman can speak Japanese, which he studied for four years in high school, Hindi, which he learned from working with people from India, and Farsi, which he decided to teach himself. Linguistics is another favorite of Mr. Kingman's, but, as of now, he says he hasn't got very much "creative headspace."

Mr. Kingman speaks of his lack of "creative head-space." However, this is something he cultivates in all of us and which he definitely has in abundance, as all polymaths do.


Chedva Silver - 9th Grade

Meet Jason Grilli





I have always wanted to be a sports reporter.  The access they have together with all the sports they watch and being challenged to express those events and experiences in writing has always be intriguing.  When I heard that Mr. Grilli might be making an appearance at Hillel, I new this was a chance to jump start my career with a high profile athlete.  I put in an official request and got the green light.  I prepared a list of questions but when it was time to interview him, I was told to only ask my top three questions because we were running late.  After I asked the three but Mr. Grilli said to go on and sat with me for all of my questions. He was generous with his time and a pleasure to speak with.  I was basically awe-struck the whole time.  I hope you enjoy reading the interview Q and A as much as I had conducting it. 


Ezra Kraut: Do you ever listen to the radio or read the articles that are about you?

Jason Grilli: No, I don't, but I set up a Google alert that if someone says something bad it sends me a notice so I can come after them.The truth is that my father fills me in if there is somthing going on.


EK: As a child who was your favorite player?

JG: I was a big fan Nolan Ryan because I see his career as one that I aspired to and the way he made his way to the big leagues.


EK: What does it feel like to pitch to some of the great players of the time?

JG: Initially, when you first do it, you see them as the great  people you had on your wall. At the beginning, you are pretty awestruck, but after awhile you realize that you put on the jersey like they do and it can be food on their table or yours. If you give them more credit than necessary, then you will be on the losing end of things. Do you know what is it called when you strike a great player out?  We call it punching tickets. 


EK: What is the most memorable out you have ever made in your career so far?

JG: It hasn't happened yet. I think of my life as a Polaroid picture more than a snap shot; my career is still developing slowly, and the most memorable part of my career is still too come.


EK: Are you afraid that up and coming rookies will take your place if you mess up?

JG: I say to myself that I just need to try hard enough to know that I am the next to be called up . I am constantly looking over my shoulder, but I know that I am already there.


EK: Can you play any other sports?

Yes, I play golf, but I try not to do it during the season so I don't hurt my arm.


EK: What is the trick to your speedy fast pitches?

JG: It is G-d given, also a lot of work in the preseason and adrenalin. During the off season, I sometimes will watch myself and say, "How did you do that?" But, I definitely feel it when I am done.


EK: What was it like to play for team Italy (in the World Baseball Classic) as opposed to the Pirates?

JG: Well, the Pirates they pay me more. Although, the WBC is a great way to spread baseball, MLB is the big dream and I am living it.


EK: When the Buccos win the World Series, where will you go to celebrate?

JG: I will run across the Clemente Bridge with no shirt, if I make it through the crowd.


EK: What do you do before the 9th?

JG: Have fun and joke with the fans. I wish that I had a nickle for every time someone said that I was on their fantasy team or they follow me on twitter, I would have a big bag of nickels at the end of the game. All I say is if you win your fantasy league, invite me to your party.


EK: Did you pick the music for you entrance video?

JG: Yes, I did. All the songs are picked by the players.  


EK: Do you like grilled cheese?

JG: I love grilled cheese! Who doesn't? Grilled cheese is for when you don't know what to eat, so you have grilled cheese and soup. I just hope people don't consider it cannibalism.


EK: Where you part of your number change?

JG: Yes I did. When (Ross) Ohlendorf came to the Pirates I was in rehab and my son  was three. I decided to dedicate my recovery to him. So I changed my number forty-nine to thirty-nine.



What do you write in the dirt when you come up to the mound?

JG: I write a friend of mine initial's that died at the age of 18, my grandmother's initials that passed away and my two sons' initials. The true meaning is a dedication to people I love and care about.   

Mr. Dan Gilman Visits Oneg
On April 26, Dan Gilman, who is running for City Council, was introduced to the lower school during a special oneg that kicked off the Better LYFE Initiative Middah of the month, Nidivus or Giving.  Mrs. Ziff read the Giving Tree and Rabbis Nim and Weinberg acted it out.  Then the actual middah was explained. Rabbi Weinberg told what a public servant was and Mr. Gilman was introduced. The purpose of bringing in Mr. Gilman was to introduce a person who has made it his career to give back and serve the City of Pittsburgh. Mr. Gilman explained what he did and how ultimately if we all pitched in, we could make the world a better place. The students in grades K-4 sat sill as they listened to Mr. Gilman describe the importance of giving back and how each of us can make a difference.   
We all learned a lot from his visit and are inspired to do more.  We want to thank Mr. Gilman for his time and wish him luck in the election. To learn more about Mr. Gilman click ELECTIONS


The Ziff Corner - 


You know summer is getting close when......

1. You start putting popsicles in your shopping cart more often

2. You see lots of toys in your front yard

3. You BBQ dinner more often

4. Windows are left open at night and in the morning the house is a bit cold

5. Parents start to think about summer tutoring......On that note, if you are thinking about tutoring for your child, please feel free to reach out to me.  A few teachers have told me they are interested in tutoring and I can give you their information.  I will have you negotiate time and price, but at least you will have a starting point.  Besides teachers at our school, other resources may be National Honor Students from Allderdice High School, post a notice at the Hillel on Campus in Oakland or the school of education at Chatham, Pitt, Duquesne or Point Park.  You can also post a notice at your synagogue.  Whether you find a tutor from Hillel or not, our support staff will be happy to help the tutor with resources, information, and curriculum expectations.




Breaking Science News---Hillel Academy's Biannual Science Fair takes place- First Time Fifth Graders Finish Strong-
Our Science Fair, as all our middle school parents are keenly aware, took place last week, on May 1st. After several months of hard work, our middle-schoolers brought their best efforts to competition. For the first time this year, the Science Fair included our Fifth Graders being required to produce  individual projects just like the 6th-8th Graders. The efforts of our great students, in the words of one viewer, were spectacular. The emphasis for our Science fair was for students to design and conduct an experiment to test an idea of their own. Therefore, it was not merely a demonstration or research project, it was first-hand science they were doing. Every single one of our middle-schoolers completed their projects and brought them in for judging (and grading)! Although every student did a fine job and received a ribbon, there was a competition component. The three top scoring students also received a trophy. Winning first place overall was Perri Tuchman, (fifth grade!) with a project on replacing eggs in recipes for those who are allergic to them. Second place was won by Rachel Luzer (sixth grade) whose project explored the growth of mold on food. Third place was taken by Nathan Cohen (eighth grade) who explored the relative grease content of potato chips. I think the judges were hungry last Wednesday. Speaking of judges, we could not do the competition without the dedication of time and effort by our volunteer judges. We would like to extend our great thanks to: Dr. Michael Kaminsky, Dr. Robert Davis, Mrs. Ilana Kanal, Dr. Rachel Mandelbaum, Dr. Aravind Natarajan, Dr. Shirley Ho, Mrs. Victoria Garwood, Mr. Steven Werber, Mrs. Genevieve Kirk, and Mr. Avi Apfel. In addition to the competition, our other elementary classes produced displays of the outstanding science activities happening in their classes. Thanks to them for adding to the scientific festivities. We would also thank Rabbi Nimchinsky and all of the teachers and staff who helped in many ways to make the Science Fair a success.


Rosh Hashana Program in the BHS




Yes, you read that correctly, in the month of May, we had a Rosh Hashana program. That's because in Bekiyus and night Seder the boys finished learning Maseches Rosh Hashana! To expand on their learning, Rabbi Avraham Rodkin from the Kollel Jewish Learning Center came in and gave a detailed presentation based on the Gemara on Daf 33a. Using a  creative Powerpoint presentation, Rabbi Rodkin expounded on ideas related to different types of Shofars, the different opinions regarding what sounds a Tekiah, Shevarim and Teruah make and how long they need to be, as well as different Halachic dilemmas and various resolutions. Thank you Rabbi Rodkin for your time and expertise and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Siyum on Maseches Rosh Hashana!

Upcoming Events in the BHS:

May 19-20: BHS retreat!    



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Werbers Words of Wisdom

   I thought I'd take a break from the heady history of politics and delve into something lighter, super heroes. I learned to read by reading comic books and my father was a major collector. Super heroes have been something my father and I have bonded over, through the years. In this essay, I thought I'd give you the history of some well-known heroes. 
   Superman: Superman was created by two Jewish youths, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who met at Cleveland's Glenville High School. Siegel and Shuster were very familiar with the immigrant experience. Siegel's parents were from Lithuania and Shuster's were from The Netherlands and The Ukraine. They wanted to tell a story about a super hero who was  "a stranger in a strange land" as their parents were. Superman was a tough sell, most super heroes at the time had no super powers, but National Publishers (later DC comics) gave it a try. They paid Siegel and Shuster $130.00 for the right to Superman and he first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938. By the time Action Comics #4 came out, it was clear that National had a hit! Superman has become one of the most popular super heroes of all time.
   Batman: National had a hit with Superman and wanted another. They went to Bob Kane and Bill Finger, veteran comic book writers to create the hero. Inspired by pulp characters like The Phantom and The Shadow and by literary characters like Sherlock Holes, Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel, they wanted to create a character who played the fool during the day, but was a crime fighter at night. Although, Bob Kane is given almost all the credit for creating Batman, it was Bill Finger who came up with Batman's most famous aspects. Kane imagined Batman with a small domino mask and 2 stiff wings sticking out of him. Finger changed the mask to the famous cape and cowl and came up with Batman's secret identity Bruce Wayne. Finger named Bruce after Robert  Bruce ,the Scottish patriot, and Wayne after Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War general. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. He was so popular that National Publication soon took the initials of Detective Comics, DC, as the name of their company.
   Wonder Woman: William Marston, a psychologist, felt that comic books could be used to teach important moral and educational lessons. He wanted to create a superhero that defeated villains, not by force, but by love and compassion. Marston had created a new invention called the polygraph, a device that by measuring certain physical responses could determine if one was lying or not. He reached out to Max Gaines, co-founder of All-American publication which would merge with National to form DC comics. Gaines agreed and Marston created Wonder Woman, a super heroine who had a magic lasso that forced criminals to tell the truth. Wonder woman first appeared in Sensation Comics #1 in 1940 and is one of the most popular female super heroes ever.
   I hope you enjoyed part one of my two part super hero series. Join me next week for more exciting adventures!!



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Library Classes Learn about Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh is Someplace Special! Recently, the Third Grade and Ms. Morris have been learning about Pittsburgh. First we studied Pittsburgh's etymology and learned who discovered Pittsburgh (with an h), how we lost the h and regained it. Then we studied Pittsburgh topography via an armchair trip on the Mon Incline, barges on the Mon, a climb up the stairs that once covered Coal Hill (Mt. Washington) that the steel workers used to get to and from work at the steel mills along the river.  Speaking of steel mills, as a preview to the unit, we took a quick glimpse inside a steel mill, saw steel being made in an open hearth furnace, then watched the liquid steel being poured into molds to form ingots or rolled in a rolling mill. Now we know how the Hot Metal Bridge got its name!        


Next, we looked at a map of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Do you know how many there are? We do... Also how many neighborhoods have hill or heights or view in their names to indicate that much of Pittsburgh is up high? After that, we learned about 250 years of Pittsburgh Innovation from the president of the Heinz History Center and Ms. Morris shared her experience of being one of the Hillel students who were inoculated as part of Dr. Jonas Salk's development of the polio vaccine.  And did you know that he lived right here in Squirrel Hill on Bartlett Street? Then we drew pictures of some of the reasons Pittsburgh is Someplace Special.  Did you know that George Ferris built the original Ferris Wheel right here in Pittsburgh. It was part of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 Chicago and was taller than the Eiffel Tower.  Also Lewis and Clark's  keelboat was made in Pittsburgh and they set out on their expedition from here.  Bet you didn't know that the Mr. Yuk sticker was created by a Pittsburgh grade school student for a contest held by the Children's Hospital poison center. She won a tape recorder.


Stay tuned to share in our discovery of Paper Streets, Kashrus and the OU at the HJ Heinz factory, and the making of WQED's video, "Squirrel Hill."   


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Riddles Me That!
We know that our readers enjoy challenges. Thanks to Ms. Myers in our English department, we bring you the weekly riddle. Email us your answers and winners will be published in the following week's issue. 
Mazel Tov to Dr. Ed Ross (third this year), Rabbi Baran (second week in a row) and to Dr. Ron Brauner for correctly answering the riddle question. 


This week's riddle:

You are lost and alone in the woods. You stumble across an old cabin, and decide to stay there for the night. You want some heat and light, but the only things you find in the cabin are a candle, an oil lamp, and a wood burning stove. You look in your pocket but you only have one match left. What do you light first?
Last week's riddle

Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

Answer: She was born in Australia!


Flashback Fridays
Can you figure this one out? Email us the names of those in the picture, and we will print 
your name in next week's Hillel Happenings. 

From the left: Kayla Ross, Elior Levinson, Tobi Siebzener, Ms. Morris, Shira Weingot, Zoe Klein, and Gwenn Barney.

Last week's photo:  



This week's photo:


Mazel Tov
 Mazel Tov Tamir Aviv Sunshine on his bris, this past Monday. 
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Our second collection period is coming to an end. Please drop off your Tops in the school office now. We will finish the tallying process by the end of the month. After a wonderful start in the beginning, our collection is nearing its goal. 


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Around Town


Jewish Women's LeagueCommunity Directory:

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have a long list of potential advertisers, but we are in need of people to contact them about placing ads in the 2014 edition of the Jewish Community Directory. We also would like your help in asking your personal service providers if they would like to place ads. In addition, let us know of anyone new to the community. Please contact  Judy Mendelson, [email protected] or 412-521-6498.  As always, thank you for your continued support.


BOYS ONEG:  Boys Oneg, grades 1-3, this Shabbos is from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at PZ! For additional information email Zev Kraut, [email protected].
GIRLS ONEG: Oneg this Shabbos is from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at PZ! We can't wait to see all girls in grades K - 7 there! For additional information email - [email protected].

BNEI AKIVA: Snif this Shabbat will be at Shaare Torah from 4:30-5:30pm. See flyers for all the upcoming programs. 
[email protected] ACADEMY:  Special free Zumba class May 20.  Zumba with Ashley every Monday (7:30pm) and Wednesday (7:15) in Hillel Academy - $5 a session. Contact her for information  [email protected]
NEW MINCHA MINYAN AT PZ: New Mincha Minyan on Shabbos afternoon at PZ at 3pm. Email [email protected] or call 412.728.2111 for more information.  


  • For the May and June menu and order form please email
  • Buy a pie of pizza from Mordy Brown and $1 will be donated to Hillel.     


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