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JCC State of Mind – March 8, 2023

Why is this Big Night different from all other Big Nights? Of course, every Big Night is unique! Who can forget our inaugural Big Night in 2007 saluting the JCC’s rich history of basketball and the values of teamwork and sportsmanship? And what about the 2011 edition, Peace, Love and the IKCs, when the iconic Pittsburgh band Rusted Root helped take us down memory lane to …

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JCC State of Mind – March 1, 2024

Back in 2016, David Bryfman from The Jewish Education Project came to Pittsburgh and told us very directly that if we were still programming for teens the way we were five years ago that we would soon lose our audience. We took David’s advice to heart and with the generous support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, we have completely reinvented our approach to …

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JCC State of Mind – February 23, 2024

In the fast-paced and competitive landscape of today’s workplace, professional development is required for both organizational and personal growth and adaptation. Yet, despite its pivotal role in employee success, many tend to overlook or undervalue the significance of continuous learning and skill enhancement. Some professionals, having reached a certain level of competence in their field, erroneously believe that they have attained all the knowledge and …

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JCC State of Mind – February 16, 2024

Last week I attended the JCCA’s annual Mifgash conference in Denver, Colorado and had the opportunity to gather with more than 140 JCC leaders from across North America to think and learn collaboratively about the unique interests and priorities of our respective JCCs and the broader JCC Movement in today’s world. Having been on the job for a whopping five months, I arrived with the typical conference …

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Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week

Healthy and Fit | Tip of the Week HOW TO TREAT ANXIETY NATURALLY | UPMC Health Beat What Is Anxiety? Anxiety is the body’s normal response to danger and other stressful situations. It affects your body and mind and prompts feelings of fear, dread, and worry. It’s normal to feel anxious if you’re giving a speech, taking a test, or entering a new social situation. But anxiety can also …

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JCC State of Mind – February 9, 2024

Written by Aaron Cantor, EKC Director We are on a mission at EKC to advance a transformative cultural shift—one that empowers and advances female staff, fosters allyship among male colleagues, and cultivates an inclusive work environment. We are beyond excited to share that we’ve been awarded a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh in support of this important work during the upcoming camp …

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JCC State of Mind – February 2, 2024

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” -Betty Friedan I’ve always had a very different perspective of aging than most of my peers growing up. As a young child, I gravitated towards my great uncle Jack, who was a writer, proofreader, and editor. When my friends were beginning to use the internet in the early 90’s, I would send him handwritten …

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JCC State of Mind – January 26, 2024

It’s nothing new to say that the JCC is all about its middle name -Jewish Community Center. Afterall, community (kehilla) is a core value in Judaism, and it’s a value that applies universally. Creating and supporting community as a vital, life-enriching force – that’s what the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh has been doing for almost 130 years. This week is Member Appreciation Week, the annual celebration of our …

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JCC State of Mind – January 19, 2024

Continuing the Work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Joachim Prinz When the nation's attention turned to the National Mall on August 28th, 1963, moments before the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of what America could be, his ally, Rabbi Joachim Prinz of New Jersey took to the podium. He and King were among the ten leaders of …

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JCC State of Mind – January 12, 2024

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join the JCC’s talented team of lifeguards for a mandatory training session at our South Hills pool. Organized and led by a number of key members of our aquatics staff – Carla Hartley, Sarah Grimm, Anna Rose Watterson, Lex Glickman, Tim Griffith and Emily Lawrence – we discussed general preparedness, proper surveillance and water rescue techniques, teamwork, communication …

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