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The imperative to preserve and safeguard life – Why two JCCs announced vaccine requirements

The mitzvah of preserving life taking precedence over other Jewish laws has been at the forefront of our minds these past weeks It has not been an easy ride for the JCC field these past 18 months. Mandated closures, partial re-openings, staff layoffs, workforce shortages, capacity limitations, new operating protocols, contract tracing, mask requirements and mandated quarantines—a journey no JCC has faced on this scale for …

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Teens Bring About The First Teen Mental Health Awareness Day

Sunday was a win for teens, teen mental health advocates, mental health organizations, and the community-at-large. Teens who are a part of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s PA Youth Advocacy Network wrote a proclamation that recognized May 23, 2021, as Teen Mental Health Awareness Day in the city and in the commonwealth.  The proclamation, written for teens and by teens, was a culmination of work by multiple organizations and …

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Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week

Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week Maddie Barnes | "HEALTHY" FOOD IS ONLY HEALTHY IF YOU EAT IT Most of us start the New Year with the intention of eating "healthier." But what does that mean? Who decides what constitutes a healthy meal? With so much information out there these days, it can be overwhelming and downright confusing. Even as a Certified Health Education Specialist …

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Disability Awareness and Inclusion is a Year-Round Commitment at the JCC

While February is Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a North American initiative to raise awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide, at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, awareness and inclusion of those with physical or developmental differences is a year-round commitment – fully integrated into our programming and baked into the way we do things as part of our …

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Beyond Potlucks and Panels: Interfaith Dialogue for a Digital Era

  February 1, 2021 One by one the Zoom boxes appear on the screen. A retired Jewish radiologist in suburban Pittsburgh. A self-described “Jew-Bu” in Brooklyn, combining the Judaism of her upbringing with a Buddhist meditation practice. A college professor who has practiced the Baha’i faith since her teens. A lapsed Catholic exploring phenomenological philosophy on the side. Joining us from their own living rooms, tonight this …

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Managing for Resilience in a Crisis

"Resilience - the ability to withstand adversity and recover from difficult events.   It wasn’t a word I used often at the JCC for most of my first 20 years as CEO, but one that has defined my practice and that of the agency the past several years. Despite our best efforts, much of what life dishes up is beyond our control.  But we do have …

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Serving Teens, Pandemic or Not!

Shabbat Message from Brian Schreiber, JCC President and CEO One of the most vulnerable populations emerging out of this pandemic are teens – an area of expertise and great focus for the JCC historically through the present. While the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh was most agreeable to our request to release designated funding restrictions on teen programs this year (a joint area of great interest and …

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Congratulations for Meeting the Fitness Challenge!

Even in challenging times, we prevail! We are proud to announce that our JCC placed and won in several areas in the JCC Association of North America's annual 100 Days of Summer fitness challenge. And it's you, our members, and your dedication to living a healthy lifestyle, that deserve huge congratulations! Our JCC won in the Metro Division, which is made up of the largest JCCs across the …

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Thanking Our Front Line Helpers

Who’s on the front line? Thanking our JCC front line workers. 7-7-21 - Many Thanks, Amy!   Our JCC experienced a beautiful surprise this week, courtesy of Amy Magoun. Amy, a research coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, is a regular volunteer with “Scent with Love,” an organization that retrieves fresh flowers from weddings and events or that remained unsold, and donates them to Pittsburgh places in need. “I …

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Healthy and Sweet – A Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

Apples & Honey Quinoa Salad This salad is an easy, fun, and healthy way to enjoy apples and honey this Rosh Hashanah! Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients for Salad: ¼ cup brown rice ¼ cup quinoa (I used a microwavable brown rice & quinoa blend) 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups arugula 1 granny smith apple, diced ¼ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup …

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