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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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Healthy and Sweet – Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

L'SHANA TOVA! Our recent Nutrition & Dietetics Graduate Interns shared their recipes for a sweet and healthy new year. Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel (Serves 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 350° F. …

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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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ECDC In-Service Week 2023

This week in Early Childhood we closed to our families in order to focus on preparation for the upcoming school year and the collective pause from which our team truly benefits along our ongoing journey – Masa – towards excellence. We spent our time in communities of practice in a variety of ways - through team building activities at J&R Day Camp; in discussion around the Reggio Emilia Approach and best practices in early childhood development; while setting up our classrooms; and during …

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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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Changes to JCC Musical Program

Big changes for the Musical program at the JCC! Because so many of our artistic high-school-aged teens wanted to be able to participate in their home school's Winter/Spring musicals, we are switching the Middle School and the High School Musicals. The High School Musical will now take place in the Fall and the Middle School Musical will take place in the Winter/early Spring. The show will have …

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Cheesecake – The Taste of Shavuot

Holidays, especially Jewish Holidays, are not the best time to enforce a weight loss diet. Take Shavuot, which this year begins on the eve of Thursday, May 25. For reasons that some attribute to parsing of Jewish law and others, to a tradition that evolved amongst Eastern European Jews, dairy - cheese and one of its sweetest uses, cheesecake - is a Shavuot treat. And so, a …

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Age Well During Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month! Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM), to recognize the countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents enrich the lives of those around them. Our goal here at AgeWell at the JCC (the senior center within the JCC) is to provide engaging and enriching programming for …

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Passover 2023 – Bringing Pittsburghers Together with Loving Kindness and Matzah

This special interfaith and multicultural gathering presented highlights of Passover, a Jewish holiday where people come together once a year to reflect on achieving freedom and redemption. The featured speakers connected these time-honored traditions to the bridge-building we need to do in Pittsburgh with loving kindness, to counter antisemitism, racism, bias, and bigotry. Featured Speakers The Honorable Ed Gainey, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh  Josiah Gilliam, …

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