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JCC State of Mind – January 5, 2024

In our increasingly multifaceted and complex society, collaboration between government and non-profit organizations is paramount in shaping the present and future of our community. At the heart of a thriving community often lies a dynamic partnership between the public sector and non-profit organizations. This collaboration can be a powerful force that when harnessed effectively, can bring about positive and lasting change. Earlier today, the JCC was …

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Overcoming Fear and Learning to Swim at the JCC!

First Person Perfect: Adult Swim Written by Mia McPherson, Contributing Writer, Mt. Lebanon Magazine | December 20, 2023 Photography by John Schisler Encouraged by JCC assistant aquatics director Sarah Grimm, Mia McPherson performs a freestyle stroke during a recent swimming lesson. Well into adulthood, Mia decided to challenge herself and learn to swim. I’ve always felt a fear of water. When I was a young child, I took a swim class …

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A Dream for a Better Future: Remarks made on October 27, 2023

Remarks made on October 27, 2023 5th Year Community Commemoration of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Rev. Liddy Barlow and Rabbi Ron Symons On this sacred and liminal day, we stand together as spiritual siblings looking back on these past five years, considering our learning, cherishing times of joy, remembering moments of challenge. On this tender and poignant day, we stand together as interfaith bridge builders, representing so many partners …

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Update from JCC Camps – October 2023

Dear JCC Day Camp community, These last few days have been sad and concerning for many of us as we watch the events unfolding in the Middle East.  My thoughts have included our day camp Shlichim, colleagues in Israel and everyone living in our partnership community in Karmiel and Misgav.  As many of you know, we welcomed nine Shlichim (Israeli staff) to our camp community this …

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Our Lives Have Changed Beyond Recognition

Sunday, October 8, 2023 Day 2: Operation Iron Swords I have never experienced the pain, frustration, fear, or sorrow that I feel today—and will continue to feel in the coming days. I am constantly on the brink of tears, which spill over every now and then—when our little grandchildren are not around. After a short, disturbed night's sleep, we woke to the intensity of the disaster, which is …

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Preserving memories through Art – Jewish Community Center Pittsburgh

At first glance, the bench outside the JCC’s Robinson building may just look like a beautiful piece of art, but once you look a little closer it’s easy to see that it means so much more than that. More than twenty years ago, Partnership2Gether was created to bring together the communities of Pittsburgh, Karmiel/Misgav, Israel, and Warsaw, Poland through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. As community …

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Team Pittsburgh Shines at the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games and Access in Fort Lauderdale

Team Pittsburgh Shines at the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games and Access in Fort Lauderdale It’s not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game. That’s the true spirit of the JCC Maccabi Games and Access and a message echoed throughout the week by Team Pittsburgh’s coaches and staff. The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting event for Jewish teens ages 12-16 …

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Welcome to our new President and CEO, Jason Kunzman!

As we celebrate JCC of Greater Pittsburgh's new President and CEO, Jason Kunzman, on his first day in his new role, we wanted to share his remarks from our 128th Annual Meeting that took place on August 31, 2023. We are so excited to see all that Jason accomplishes in his new role. One of the most interesting phrases in the Torah is found in Parshat Mishpatim …

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Introducing our new Associate Director of Early Childhood in the South Hills

The JCC of Greater Pittsburgh is excited to introduce our families and community to Cierra Bekich, our new Associate Director of Early Childhood in the South Hills! Born and raised in Naples, Florida, Cierra brings her expertise and years of experience in early childhood education to the JCC. Cierra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. With more than a …

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Introducing “JCC Pittsburgh” App!

We have moved to a NEW group exercise class reservations app - “JCC Pittsburgh" The JCC Pittsburgh App is available for you on the App Store or Google Play. How do I download the app? 1. Open the Google Play Store or Apple App Store on your mobile device. 2. Type in "JCC Pittsburgh" in the search bar. 3. Click the download button to install the app onto your device. 4. …

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