Style ‘A simple story’ Agnon developed real, but likeable characters Page 10 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE thejewishchronicle.net NOVEMBER 3, 2011 HESHVAN 6, 5772 Vol. 55, No. 25 Pittsburgh, PA Southern Israel attacked $1.50 New Jewish lecture series here looking forward in 2011-12 BY LEE CHOTTINER Executive Editor Anav Silverman photo Ashkelon resident Liz Sheetrit stands in front of her rocket-damaged home. Rockets from the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel this past weekend leaving one civilian dead. The attack preceded a vote by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to admit “Palestine” as its 195th member. The United States, which voted no, responded swiftly by canceling a $60 million November payment to UNESCO. Lawyers turn to Jewish ethics for continuing education BY TOBY TABACHNICK Staff Writer Like all attorneys licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Lynn Irwin is required to take 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) courses each year. And like many local Jewish attorneys, she has found a way to avoid sitting through dry lectures on such subjects as “The Life Cycle of an IRS Trust Fund Case,” or “Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Law.” For several years, local Jewish educa- tion purveyors such as the Agency for Jewish Learning, Chabad, the Kollel Jewish Learning Center, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, have been offering a viable alternative for lawyers needing to satisfy their CLE requirements by presenting fully accredited classes. Those classes are on such topics as “Adultery in Jewish Law,” “Finding Kedusha, Holiness in the Legal Profession,” and “Intermarriage: A Halakhic Perspective.” “I have been attending these classes for a number of years,” Irwin said. “I attend mostly because they tend to be on interesting topics that combine legal questions with aspects of Judaism I might not have previously considered.” Last week, Rabbi Danny Schiff, the former AJL community scholar, flew in from Israel to teach a CLE course on “Democracy in Jewish Law.” More than 85 people, the vast majority of them lawyers, attended the session. Covering the topic of whether Judaism, at its core, embraces democracy, Please see Education, page 23. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has released its initial speakers schedule for its new two-year lecture series, which begins this month. The schedule for the first year of the series, called “Conversations for Jewish Future Speaker Series,” will run from November through September 2012, and will include four expert speakers in the fields of history, theology, philosophy and social sciences. The names of speakers for the second year of the series have not yet been released. Here are the speakers for the first year of the program: • Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History, Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Eddy Theatre on the Chatham Uni- Jonathan Sarna versity campus; topic: “The Ever Dying People: Jewish Continuity and the Future of Our Community.” • Rabbi J.J. S c h a c h t e r, Yeshiva University professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought, Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center Robinson Rabbi J.J. Schachter Please see Lecture series, page 23. B U S I N E S S 1 8 /C L A S S I F I E D 2 1 /O B I T UA R I E S 2 2 /O P I N I O N 6 R E A L E S TA T E 2 0 /S I M C H A S 1 6 /S T Y L E 1 0 /T O R A H 2 1 Times To Remember KINDLE SABBATH CANDLES: 5:56 p.m. DST. SABBATH ENDS: 6:55 p.m. DST.