Join Elmo and Rabbi Gross for
Shabbat Fun. Children 5 and
under welcome with their
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We chat, we eat,
all for good causes!
Join us the second and fourth
Tuesday of each month from 11:30
to 1:00. Newcomers are always
welcome. Basic instruction is
June 7, 2013
Family Dinner 6:15 PM
Main Dish - TBA
We always serve Salad, Mac-n-
Cheese and Chicken Nuggets with
our meal. Bring a bottle of wie to
* $5 per person 4 years & older.
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|Kesher Birthright Israel Trip
URJ KESHER is an official provider of
Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Each
trip is 10-days and is absolutely
Trips are open to Jewish young
adults who are 18-26 and who
have never been to Israel on a
peer program. URJ KESHER is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
experience the beauty of Israel
and form friendships with North
American and Israeli peers.
Registration will open on February
13. Sign-up by visiting
www.gokesher.org, and take your
first step to Israel now!
Please email Rabbi Gross at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your
child will be signing up for a URJ
Kesher Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.
|Good food. Good Conversation.
HCRJ BOOK CLUB
Please join us in May when we will discuss
The Last Chicken in America by Ellen Litman
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM
|You’ve probably seen the Russian immigrants in Ellen Litman’s
The Last Chicken in America. Litman’s debut, a collection of
interlocking short stories, doesn’t aim to impress with novelty but
aims for a loftier goal: strong stories well told. The stories, which
focus on the Russian community in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of
Pittsburgh, tell the familiar story of Russian idealism meeting American
emptiness. Litman’s immigrants live in small apartments and hold
degrees in engineering but work cleaning houses; the lucky ones are
The parents are somewhat happy to be in America, but the children are
surly, wear too much makeup, and smoke in the back of the school, and
the elderly smell vaguely bitter, not sure where they are or how they
came to be there; all of them wonder why the America they’re living in is
nothing like the America they’ve dreamed about. You’ve seen them all
before, yet you’ve never bothered to really think about them, and by the
time you get to the end of The Last Chicken in America, you realize you’re
going to miss them terribly once they’re gone.
Friday, May 17, 7:15 pm
Confirmation is a sacred rite through which our students publicly declare
their commitments to our faith. We invite you to join us for this very
special ceremony in the life of our students and our congregation.
Daughter of Fran Aden and Jarrod Aden
Daughter of Janet Asarch and Scott Asarch
Daughter of Lisa Berman and Mark Berman
Son of Lisa Berman and Mark Berman
Daughter of Fran and Alan Brochstein
Daughter of Lori and Efisio Farris
Son of Edie Premazon and Bob Mabry
Daughter of Annalee Pappas and George Pappas
Son of Cyndi and Paul Premazon
Daughter of Damien Rabalais
Mazel Tov to the Confirmation Class of 2013:
We would like to extend a special thank you to our wonderful team of
teachers—Rabbi Gross, Julie Jerden and Alan Brochstein.