Brith Sholom has suspended services during the statewide quarantine for COVID-19. The mitzvah of פיקח נפש - Pikuach Nefesh, preserving life, precedes all other commandments in Judaism. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative to follow the advice of the medical community at this time in order to protect the health and safety of as many people as we can.
To that end, remember to: ◆ Practice social distancing. ◆ Quarantine yourself except to get necessities like groceries or go to the pharmacy ◆ Wash your hands frequently.
Additionally, in order to protect your friends and family, it is the advice of our rabbi that all Jews observing Passover this year *** stay in your home community for seder this year *** donottravel out of your home community for seder. Only hold small seders with small numbers of people.
We know that might be a challenge for some, but it is critically important that each of us stop the spread of this virus and protect human life to the fullest extent we are able.
It is critically important at this time of isolation, though, to stay connected ; by video, by phone, or email. To stay connected to our Jewish community, consider joining together virtually in one of the following ways:
✦ Join morning or evening minyan, hosted by Beth Shalom of Pittsburgh via Zoom by clicking here ✦ Join weekly Shabbat Services, hosted by Beth Shalom of Pittsburgh via Zoom by clicking here ✦ Take part in Rabbi Goodman's Wednesday Torah study class 'Life and Text', 12:15-1:!5 pm EST via zoom by clicking here
Rabbi Goodman will also post audio and video recordings of classes and Divrei Torah. Click one of the buttons below to listen or view one of the recordings at any time.
On November 29, 1897, a charter for a synagogue in the city of Erie was approved by a local judge and recorded December 28 of that year. Congregation Brith Sholom was born. In August 1901 the first building was purchased at 324 East 18th street. In February 1906, the "Brith Sholom Church," as it was called, was sold, and the congregation moved to a lot on French Street, between 7th and 8th Streets.
In 1950, the congregation moved into a new building---the Jewish Center on 32nd and State Street where we remain to date.
We invite participants young and old to join in Jewish traditions and explore our faith together.
Brith Sholom is an open and egalitarian Jewish community that welcomes you to our shul.