WTE Text Study and Strategy Session

As a follow up to Rabbi Aaron’s Yom Kippur sermon, “Our Movement Stands,” 21 women of Temple Emanuel met on October 22 for a text study and strategy session on women’s reproductive rights. 

Of particular concern is that some lawmakers are trying to effectively ban abortions in PA.

During the informative and thoughtful discussion, Rabbi Locketz pointed out that “liberal Jews want to separate church and state, so we do not speak up when we have religious viewpoints and opinions. But the Orthodox do, so they end up speaking for us too. If we don’t speak up and let our voices be heard, we let others speak for us.” 

The group agreed that the first actionable step is to reach out to other community members to find out if they’re doing anything and whether they’d like to join our efforts. Attendees will contact groups like Planned Parenthood, local Reform synagogues, National Council of Jewish Women, and TE’s Social Action committee. Depending on what comes out of that, representatives from each group can meet and plan next steps.

“With my rabbi kippah on, I love that a group of strong, well-educated Jews came to a better understanding of their tradition and its support for one of the great social concerns of our day,” Rabbi Aaron said. “With my Temple rabbi kippah on, I love that a group of strong, well-educated Jews came to better understand that their Temple supports them and can be the central address for their highest values AND their work in this world.”


Author Dorit Sasson visits Temple

Could you voluntarily sign up for a term in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)? Dorit Sasson left New York City in the early 90s to do just that. She wanted to step out of her comfort zone, escape her fearful mother, and connect more closely with her father’s homeland. Her book, Accidental Soldier, recounts this experience.


This was the Women of Temple Emanuel’s September book selection. The author — who now lives in Squirrel Hill — was kind enough to attend our discussion. She talked about cultural differences, like the wolf-pack mentality that exists in Israel. As a result, she had to leave the country in order to find her voice and be able to write her memoir.

We all enjoyed meeting her and learning more about her experiences. As Sarah Levinthal says, “I admire her courage to put it all out there and be in such a vulnerable position in a lot of ways. That takes guts!”

WTE Book Club meets again Nov. 17 to discuss Aftertaste. Not only does Pittsburgh play a part in the novel, but it’s written by Temple member Meredith Cohen, who will attend and even prepare some delicious food for us to enjoy.


Let’s Shop!

Trunk Shows Boutique (on Rt. 19 near South Hills Village) is an adorable store with great options for every taste and budget. They have a variety of items for sale such as chocolate, costume jewelry, serving platters, and clothing.

The store will host Women of Temple Emanuel (WTE) on Wednesday, May 4 from 4-7 PM with margaritas, light appetizers, and sweets. They will also give back a portion of sales to WTE, which makes every dollar we spend even more meaningful.

We do need to meet a minimum headcount, so please join us and bring a friend. The more we shop, the more money goes to WTE for future events. Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8th, so it is a great opportunity to pick up gifts for loved ones.

RSVP at https://templeemanuel1.wpengine.com/event/wte-trunkshows/ or via our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/468304973380159/.

Check out their website at http://trunkshowsboutique.com.

Countdown to Passover!

Make Temple Emanuel part of your Passover celebration this year!

  • Join us for Torah Center’s Model Seder, led by the always amazing Melinda Freed, on Sunday, April 17 at 10:45 AM.  Please RSVP via email to [email protected].
  • Leave the cooking to us and bring your family to our Community Second Seder on Saturday, April 23 at 6PM.  RSVP by April 11 to the office or online at https://templeemanuel1.wpengine.com/event/2nd-seder-at-temple/.
  • Ladies (and young ladies ages 10+), come and be inspired at our Women’s Seder on Thursday, April 28 at 7PM.  RSVP by April 21 to the office or online at https://templeemanuel1.wpengine.com/event/womens-passover-seder/.
  • Stop by the gift shop and browse our selection of beautiful seder plates, matzah covers and more.  Shop for yourself or find the perfect hostess gift.  Sundays 9:30am-noon, Mondays 6:30-8:30PM, Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm.
  • Worship with us at our Yom Tov and Shabbat Morning service at 10:30AM on April 23 and join us for our Concluding Passover, Yizkor and Shabbat morning service at 10:30AM on April 30.
  • And, do a mitzvah!  When you’re cleaning out your kitchen, donate your chametz to SHIM.  Drop off your food donations any time at Temple.