Learn more about the upcoming events below.

Presenting the Tree of Life + Chatham Events Series

Created with the enrichment of the community in mind, Chatham University and Tree of Life have created a lifelong learning event series featuring lectures, discussions, musical performances, workshops and film screenings that deepen knowledge, broaden connections, and expand horizons.

Most of the events will be held at Tree of Life (unless otherwise noted) and are free of charge. Workshops offered include a small fee to cover the costs of materials and instruction.


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April Events

Thursday, April 26 • 7:00PM

The Significance of Souvenirs

w/ Dr. Bill Lenz
Professor Emeritus, Chatham University

From his experiences having taken students on international trips for over twenty years, Dr. Lenz will talk about how souvenirs – the knick-knacks, tchotchkes, and mementos collected along the way – connect to memory and how those memories impact travelers' senses of self, worldviews, and cultural appreciation well after the return flight home.

Register for the Significance of Souveniers lecture



May Events

Thursday, May 3 • 7:00PM

Public Debate: America's Best Days are yet to come

led by Dr. Tom Benson
Professor Emeritus, Green Mountain College & Senior Debate Associate Founding Director

Event details forthcoming.

Register for Public Debate



Thursday, May 10 • 7:00PM

Jews and Their Role in Pittsburgh History + History of the Tree of Life Congregation

w/ Dr. Barbara Burstin
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University & University of Pittsburgh

Lecture details forthcoming.

Register for Jews and Their Role in Pittsburgh History



About the series

This series is presented in partnership with Chatham University and Tree of Life Congregation, with support by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

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The generous grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation supports Chatham University to explore innovative approaches to creating multi-generational learning opportunities, with a particular emphasis on expanding opportunities for those over age 55. The goal of the partnership between Chatham University and Tree of Life is to provide rich and diverse educational offerings to the congregation and the local community.