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8 Nights of Light: A Chanukah Menorah Infographic

The menorah is perhaps one of the most widely recognized symbols of Jewish culture and is the centerpiece of the Chanukah celebration. But how much do you really know about it? We’re sharing the fast facts you need to know about the Chanukkiah – from its history and meaning to the logistics of lighting yours – because it’s so much more than just a candelabra!

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Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week

Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week TRUTH FROM FICTION: COMMON MYTHS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS | Medically Reviewed by UPMC Bariatric Services Trying to lose weight? Looking for a diet that really works? Hoping for a routine you can actually stick with for the long term? You’re not alone. With so many resources claiming to provide helpful weight loss tips, it can be tough to separate …

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My/Our Body and My/Our Soul: Caring for Both Every Day and on Yom Kippur, Too

Even before we start talking about Yom Kippur, I want to have a conversation with you about what I do on a daily basis. I am not sure how I did this, but I have become one of those people that works out almost every day of the week. I know, I know, you're thinking how easy it is for me given that the fitness …

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Healthy and Sweet – Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

L'SHANA TOVA! Our current and recent Nutrition & Dietetics Graduate Interns share their recipes for a sweet and happy new year. Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel (yield: 12-15) Hayley Tyson Ingredients 1 pound whole grain wide noodles 5 large eggs, whisked 2 teaspoons cinnamon + more to sprinkle on top 1/2 cup sugar Pinch of salt 3 cups unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Instructions Preheat oven to bake at …

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Bake the Best Challah!

I contend that this recipe, shared many years ago at an NCJW meeting by Charlotte Sadofsky, is the best challah recipe, ever. It has all the eggs, oil, honey and sugar to make it the richest of all challahs. I add cinnamon for brightness and use lots of seeds - sesame and poppy - to coat. I usually stick to a simple 3-strand braid, but if …

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Fun Facts about the Jewish High Holidays

It's a special time of year, a time to "Start Fresh." To help you prepare, we put together an infographic -- kind of a "fresh" take with interesting facts and information. Wishing each and every one of you Shanah Tovah Umetukah, "A Good and Sweet Year."

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Our Vision of Community

Welcome to our vision of community.  It will be a strong fabric made up of threads of love and support. What do we mean when we say “love your neighbor as yourself”?  How can we possibly love someone as much as ourselves?  Isn’t that self-defeating?  Rabbi Louis Jacobs (Jewish Personal and Social Ethics) teaches us that the meaning is not "love your neighbor like yourself”, but rather …

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Five Years and Counting: So Much More Kindness To Do

It has been five years and counting since we launched the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh. While our work was accelerated in the immediate aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA, we had started planning for the Center for Loving Kindness during 2016 as we became acutely aware of the changing nature …

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Center for Loving Kindness – Standing in Solidarity on Juneteenth

As our neighbors celebrate Juneteenth, we stand in solidarity as we work to redefine “neighbor” from a geographic term to a moral concept.  We invite you to virtually attend this event in Atlanta on June 17 and revisit our north star framing of how we work for civil rights for all. View the virtual event here.  Throughout the 125 year history of the Jewish Community Center of Greater …

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Father’s Day Pledge

While the punch line has changed over the years, the joke (and the underlying societal impression) is unfortunately still the same. While we were growing up, when we were asked what we would be getting Dad for Father’s Day, we always answered, “A tie.” Inevitably, that tie was either store bought with intentions of either meeting, stretching, or countering Dad’s fashion sense; or homemade out …

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