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My Final Weekend in Pittsburgh, June 14th + 15th

Cantor Ben’s Final Weekend in Pittsburgh – June 14th + 15th

See below for Shabbat Alive, Shacharit, Kiddush and a Havdallah with Guitar.

Cantor Ben’s Final Shabbat Alive Service
with the Beth Shalom Band

June 14th, 2013 at 6:00PM at Congregation Beth Shalom.
All are invited to welcome Shabbat at 6 p.m. with Cantor Ben, Rabbi Werbow, Rabbi Donni and the Beth Shalom Band by praying and singing together. Join us at 7 p.m. for a Shabbat dinner catered by Pomegranate Catering. For dinner reservations  call Judy at 412-421-2288 ext. 110 or e-mail her at [email protected].

Service Leaders Include:

  • Cantor Ben Rosner playing a whole lot of instruments,
  • Rabbi Donni and Rabbi Werbow,
  • Sam Siskind on Violin,
  • Jeff Borrebach on Cello
  • Greg Siegel on every instrument known to man, and
  • Steve Hoffman, Mandolin and Guitar

Saturday, June 15th 

Shabbat Services– FRW Sanctuary

Shacharit begins at 9:00 a.m.

A Pezukei D’Zimrah song session led by Beth Shalom singers will begin at 9 a.m. in the Faye Rubenstein Weiss Sanctuary. Traditional services will follow with Rabbi Werbow and Cantor Ben.

Kiddush—After Services

There will be an expanded Kiddush in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom following services.  If you wish to make a contribution, please contact Judy at 412-421-2288 ext. 110.

Mincha/ Ma’ariv services starting at 8:55 p.m.

followed by a guitar led Havdallah

Flamenco, Spanish Jewish Music + JJAM at Shul!

Flamenco,  Spanish Jewish Music + JJAM at Shul!
Join Alba Flamenca, Joel Lindsey and Cantor Ben + members of the community as we explore Flamenco, Spanish Jewish Music and more

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4:30PM, May 12th at Beth Shalom
Tapas and Sangria Served.
$5 Children, $10 Students and JBurgh, $15 Adults.
Please sponsor this concert with gifts from $36 to $500.

Other performances will be a part of this. All details and pricing are subject to change. 
| E-mail Cantor Ben Rosner with questions or if you would like to volunteer to help produce this concert.

Shabbat Alive Service with Beth Shalom Band: March 8th / Shabbat Alive Service with Beth Shalom Band, Charley Rappaport and Lots of Mandolins: April 12

March 8, 2013 at 6:00PM

April 12, 2013 at 6:00PM

Beth Shalom

RSVP to 412.421.2288

Flyer (Old): Shabbat Alive

Singing and Playing Mandolin with Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra: March 10th

March 10, 2013 (Sunday) 6:00pm
Mars United Presbyterian Church
232 Crowe Avenue
Mars, PA 16046
Pittsburgh Mandolin Society

Yiddish Music Concert at International Association of Yiddish Conference XV: April 28th

April 28th in the Evening

Cantor Ben Rosner + Jaclyn Granick

at International Association of Yiddish Conference XV

JJAM: Sunday, February 10th

2:30- 5:30 PM at Dunkin’ Donuts in Squirrel Hill

To perform or ask questions, e-mail [email protected]

Flyer: JJAM

Purim at Beth Shalom

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013:
5:30 PM: Mincha, Seudah Sh’lisheet and Maariv
6:45 PM: Havdallah & Family Megillah Readings with languages and the Beth Shalom Band
8:00 PM Full Megillah reading with Band
Sunday, February 24th, 2013:
8:00 AM: Morning Service and Full Megillah Reading
10 AM: Purim Carnival!
Click Here for Rabbi Werbow’s Facebook Invite

Sisterhood Weekend: JJAM Brunch on Sunday, March 3rd with R.J. Zimmerman, the Beth Shalom Band and Amy and Joel Lindsey

Sisterhood Weekend Flyer
In addition to a weekend honoring those who have volunteered in the Sisterhood, we will have musical entertainment during the Sisterhood Torah Fund Brunch, to raise money for the Conservative Seminaries. Performers at the Brunch will include R.J. Zimmerman, the Beth Shalom Band and Amy and Joel Lindsey.

Haftarah Class with Cantor Ben

The following Wednesdays at 6:30:

January 23, 2013; January 30, 2013; February 6, 2013; February 13, 2013; February 20, 2013
Beth Shalom
RSVP to [email protected]

Carnegie Mellon Classical Guitar Ensemble

Directed by James Ferla

February 17th at 2:30 P.M.

$ 5 Dollar suggested Donation

Helfant Chapel.

Flyer: Carnegie Mellon Guitar Concert

Klezmer in the Sukkah

Saturday, October 6, 2012 @ Cantor Ben’s House

Young Adults are invited to join Cantor Ben, Alyssa Kaplan & the Jburgh Yiddish Club for a musical get-together to celebrate Sukkot and the fall season!8:00 PM: Havdallah in the Sukkah
8:15 PM: Performances by the CMU Klezmer Band and the Klezmer Band Mazel Mazel.
9:45: Jamming and drumming: bring your instruments
10:30 Open Mic for Yiddish poetry, folktales and music

Hosted at the Residence of Cantor Ben Rosner & Alyssa Kaplan
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Scotch in the Sukkah with Men's Club

All are invited to join the Men’s Club in the Sukkah for scotch and a drum circle lead by Elliot Beck and Cantor Ben.

21+ only please.

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Selichot: Saturday, September 8th, 2012

7:40 P.M. Mincha / Maariv

7:45 p.m. Youth attend our Honey Bee Program, while Adults engage in Studying Text with Rabbi Werbow

8:25 p.m. Musical Havdallah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and the
entry into the new week and the High Holiday Season

8:30 p.m. Choose from a menu of interactive Selichot Programming:
– High Holiday Recipe Swap – Email your favorite recipes to [email protected] so there can be a collection from which to choose
– High Holiday Dialogue with Rabbi Werbow
Participate in this dialogue prompted by a DVD from the Ziegler Rabbinical School
– High Holiday Challah Making – Learn why High Holiday challot are round with raisins, help prepare your very own Challah and sample some Beth Shalom challot
– Shofar Toot-torial – perfect your Shofar blowing skills
– Crafts for all ages
– Story Time

9:15 p.m.
-Family Selichot Experience led by Cantor Ben and Rabbi Donni sharing prayers and melodies as an Intergenerational Congregation in the Faye Rubenstein Weiss Sanctuary
-Shiur with Rabbi Werbow and Rabbi Staitman – Develop a personal understanding of God hearing our prayers

10:00p.m. Traditional Selichot and Yamim Nora’im prayers in the Helfant Chapel with the Choir, strings and accompaniment of piano and guitars.

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Sephardic Shabbat Alive

Friday, August 10th, 2012
The Beth Shalom Band, Choir, Rabbi Donni and Cantor Ben led a musical service with traditional Sephardic and Mizrachi melodies.
“Taste of Sephardic Shabbat, August 10th and 11th
a. Sephardic Summer Shabbat Alive
Friday, August 10th 6:00 p.m., Sephardic Shabbat Dinner followed by 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Services with special Sephardic & Mizrachi Melodies. RSVP to Judy by August 7th at 412-421-2288 ext. 110.
b. The following day, we will have a Shabbat morning service in the Ballroom starting with a joint lead Pezukei D’Zimrah by multiple congregants. If you would like to lead a prayer for Pezukei D’Zmirah, see # 3a above. Like the previous day, we will have a mixture of Ashkenazi, Mizrachi and Sephardi Melodies. ”

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Sounds of Love on Tu B'Av

In the Talmud, Tu b’Av is considered one of the most joyous days in the Jewish calendar. Various joyous events in Jewish history are associated with this day.
During the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the fifteenth of Av marked the beginning of the grape harvest. The Talmud teaches that the daughters of Israel used to dress in white and go out to the vineyards to dance. Young, unmarried men would follow them with the hope of finding a bride.

Friday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Helfant Chapel Congregation Beth Shalom presents ~A light nosh followed by a free pre-Shabbat concert with Songs of Love~ Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:00 p.m.

Yana Chudnovsky
Amy Lindsay
Joel Lindsay
Beth Jacobs
Maggie Levinson
Cantor Ben Rosner
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Facilitated service with multiple readers for Eicha on Tisha B'Av with multiple conservative synagogues in Pittsburgh

Please Join Us for our Annual Tisha b’Av Conservative Movement Service & Learning Saturday Evening, July 28th Tisha b’Av Services at New Light Congregation 1700 Beechwood Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Communal Conservative Service including: Adat Shalom Congregation ҉ Congregation Beth Shalom New Light Congregation ҉ Tree of Life/ Or L’Simcha
This special service recalls the tragic events of Jewish History that are traditionally recalled on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. Jews all over the world commemorate Tisha b’Av as a day of national mourning and as a yahrzeit for the two Temples in Jerusalem and for Jewish Martyrs throughout the ages.
Schedule of Services: Shiur with Danielle Kranjec at 7:30 p.m. Mincha at 8:40 p.m. Ma’ariv and Eicha at 9:15 p.m.
On Sunday, July 29th, there will be services at Congregation Beth Shalom
7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Booked concert for member of congregation: Steve Hoffman, Jazz Guitarist

Steve Hoffman, Jazz Guitarist and a member of the Beth Shalom band, played with Cantor Ben at Dunkin Donuts on 7/31/12

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Taught class on Akdamut in Midnight Community Wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Community WideTikkun Leil Shavuot 5772 PDF
Taught class on Akdamut: a taste of  medieval Jewish poetry, language  and History With Cantor Rick Berlin

Hebrew Calligraphy with Cantor Ben

Sunday, March 25th at 12:30pm- Hebrew Calligraphy with Cantor Ben
Learn about Hebrew calligraphy and sofrut by examining Haggadot and Siddurim from the last millennium. Study basic halachot concerning the production of sacred texts. Please RSVP to [email protected] by March 21st.
Suggested Donation: $10 for supplies
Eisner Commons, Second Floor

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Shabbat Shalom in the Home for folks in their 20s and 30s

Join Cantor Ben of Beth Shalom next Friday evening, Dec. 16th, 2011 at 6:30 at the Squirrel Hill home of Ilana Diamant for a one of a kinda Shabbat experience! The evening will include a service, a dairy putluck meal and singing!

Please RSVP here and the location will be sent shortly.

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The Hot Motzohs and the Beth Shalom Band play jazz and Klezmer

Congregation Beth Shalom presents: THE HOT MATZOHS Summer Sensation Concert
Featuring Jazz and traditional Klezmer Music
Sunday, June 12th
7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom Wine, cheese, coffee, tea and desserts
$10 per ticket or $18 per couple Be a sponsor and get 2 tickets plus mention in program for $36 Reservations : 412-421-2288


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