October 10, 2018

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha is pleased to welcome Dan Geyser as a new member of our maintenance staff.

Dan is a native Pittsburgher, and has lived here his entire life (aside from his one year living in New Jersey).  Previously, he has held a variety of positions as an office assistant and general worker.  Dan comes to us from his most recent position as a maintenance staff member at another local synagogue.  His knowledge of building operations combined with his awareness of Jewish traditions and customs will make him an excellent addition to our team.

Dan's schedule will be:

Monday  7:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM-2:00 PM

Dan looks forward to being a part of our community and meeting everyone!

Dear Fellow Congregants:

I write you at a time of tremendous ongoing change for our synagogue.  We have recently witnessed the departures of our esteemed former executive director Mr. Joel Goldstein, our hard working former controller Mrs. Janet Mernagh, and a long term member of our maintenance staff, David Kurban.  A year after our change in Rabbinical leadership and two months after our tremendous long term president Michael Eisenberg stepped back to become our most recent past president, these are losses that can sting.  More important, they can feel unsettling and provoke sadness and reflection.

I have felt this change as acutely as any of you.  This is not the presidency that I signed up for.  I thought Michael had done all the hard work!  What I have learned however, is that with adversity and change come possibility and opportunity. Despite these changes, much has occurred to continue our upward course.  We and Dor Hadash Congregation have agreed to the merger of our He...

A Rabbi and his wife were cleaning up the house.  The Rabbi came across a box he didn’t recognize. His wife told him to leave it alone, it was personal.  One day she was out and his curiosity got the best of him. He opened the box, and inside he found three eggs and $2000.  When his wife came home, he admitted that he opened the box, and he asked her to explain the contents to him. She told him that every time he had a bad sermon, she would put an egg in the box.  He interrupted: “In twenty years, only three bad sermons? That’s not bad.” His wife continued: “And every time I got a dozen eggs I would sell them for one dollar.”

Dear colleagues, guests, family and friends: I humbly stand before you today honored to assume the pulpit as the 10th Rabbi of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha.  It is also a propitious day in our history, for while the American Civil War raged, fifteen men met in the house of Gustav Grafner at 80 Second Avenue, on June 26, 1864, and formed Tree of Life.  Th...

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