It's been a busy summer at TOS! Along with some changes you will clearly see when you visit TOS and come to the Education Wing, we've made quite a few changes you CAN'T see.
First, we've dramatically upgraded our security system. Along with cameras covering every point of entry and much of the grounds, the front doors are protected using a key fob system. Key fobs are provided to Temple staff and board members, along with a select few members based on specific needs. If you don't have a fob, you can always get in by hitting the door intercom button, where those inside the building can see you, speak through the intercom, and buzz you in from various points in the building.
Next, we've overhauled our wireless network. The TOS Guest login and password are still the same, but you will see a noticeable improvement in your ability to keep your device connected, no matter where you are in the building. Note that the guest Wifi is limited to 5mbps download and 1mbps upload, in order to reduce individual overload of the network. If you experience any issues with WiFi in the building, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
Some of the other technology projects we are actively engaged in include:
We are pleased to announce that the parking lot of TOS will be a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pickup site for Harvest Valley Farms! The pickup day is Thursday, 3pm to 6pm throughout the season.
Joining a CSA is a great way to obtain fresh fruits and veggies (and even grass fed beef and eggs!) for you and your family. It’s like going to the farmers’ market! You pay a fee at the beginning of the season, and then throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall months, once each week, you visit the pickup location and select a “share” of items. A typical share includes two items that are required (because the farm is currently harvesting them, so they have a lot) along with five other items. Items might be a head of cabbage, a pint of berries or tomatoes, a melon, and so on. Each week there are a TON of choices, and everything is fresh picked that week.
If you’re interested in supporting local agriculture and joining this CSA, check out Harvest Valley Farms and click on the CSA link at the top.
Can’t wait for Spring!
Reggio Emilia inspired, we serve children from 18 months to 4 years of age. We are excited about the addition of an outdoor mud kitchen, a place where the children will be able to explore nature hands-on, and we hope to create a storytelling garden to facilitate storytelling and literacy. Working with Jennifer Mars, our studio educator, we will be exploring a variety of materials from paper, graphic materials and paints, to clay, recycled materials and loose parts! Within each of the classrooms, we will have individual projects that are guided by the children’s interests and inquiries. Rosh Hashanah coincides with the beginning of our new year, and what a wonderful time to revisit the activities of the past year and welcome new families and friends to our school!
Click here for more information on The Center for Early Learning at TOS!
The Bible Players are a Torah Comedy team based in New York City that are teaching Jewish Values and sweeping the nation! Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman use theater and improv to infuse comedy and laughs into tales from the Torah and beyond. Since founding The Bible Players in 2011, they have toured America from NY to Texas to California, bringing their unique show to thousands of people of all backgrounds and ages, from Pre-K through adults. They perform in 25 states, and do over 100 programs a year, all while remaining handsome and humble.
Mark your calendars Friday November 9th for our Bible Players Shabbat, followed by the Bible Players Adult Comedy Show on Saturday November 10. For more information check back here!
What an exciting year we have ahead of us! This year we kick off a yearly education theme. For 2018-19, it’s Derek Eretz! We will be exploring how we interact with others in this world, as viewed through a Jewish lens. We are also excited about the introduction of JCAFE – our new 11th and 12th grade program! During the year, we are going to have opportunities for parents to come and be a part of the school day. We are also continuing our partnership with JLine for our 8th through 10th graders. It’s going to be a great year, and we can’t wait for the learning journey to begin!
Click here to go to our Religious School page.
The Temple Ohav Shalom Marketing Committee, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, was extremely proud to present our new Temple identity and logo last night at our annual Chanukah dinner. Arnie Begler presented the results of almost two years of research and planning, as well as months of design review, to reach where we are today.
The effort began in 2012, with the organization of focus groups gathered to better understand the meaningfulness behind our Temple community. Over the next year we revised our Temple mission and vision statements, and presented a marketing plan to the board in the beginning of 2014. As part of this effort we agreed that the new Identity/logo templates must support the TOS Mission; Temple Ohav Shalom is a vibrant and inclusive Reform Jewish community that provides religious, spiritual, educational and social enrichment for the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.
Over this past year we interviewed three designers and selected Paul Fireman, of Fireman Creative, to design our new logo. Paul’s organization has a strong relationship with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, as well as with other Jewish organizations nationwide. A small team of Temple Marketing Committee members sat with Paul to review almost a dozen different design concepts, eventually settling on four, then on the one that, with a bit of refinement, became our new logo.
The new logo provides quite a bit of flexibility for us. It has a modern feel while still valuing tradition. Note how the shin in Shalom represents not only candlesticks but the outstretched arms of a welcoming Temple member. Along with looking great on the web, printed materials, and T-shirts, it’s flexible in that we can customize the logo for different committees or organizations within the Temple. for example, the TOS Center for Early Learning will have it’s own design, as will groups such as WOS and Men’s Club.
As we continue to roll out our new identity, you will see numerous changes. Member Wendy Levine has taken the lead designing a new Website template that both incorporates the new logo AND provides a long-needed complete overhaul of the site. We are also in the midst of implementing an online member management system that will tie both to our back office and to the website, and we are also working on a new letterhead, business cards for the staff, and standards for using the logo in regular publications.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support!
Warmest regards and a Happy Chanukah!
The TOS Marketing Committee
Arnie Begler, Mike Daninhirsch, Barry Shepard, Wendy Levine, Deb Galson, Andrea Jacobs, Ian Halper, Debbie Weis, Jackie Leicht
Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt may be a Philadelphia sports fan, but he has already made a solemn promise to his new congregation: If the Pittsburgh Steelers make it to the Super Bowl, he will don a Steelers jersey and wear it to shul.
Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – Newest rabbi finding his way in Steel City