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RECENT EVENTS

World Kindness Day at the JCC

Please join us as we participate in World Kindness Day, a nationally celebrated movement encouraging individuals and organizations to carry out good deeds and acts of kindness. Drop by the JCC in Squirrel Hill to make bagged lunches for non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area who serve community members. We are partnering with 412 Food...
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Antisemitism, Hate and Social Responsibility

Sun, Nov 10 - Nov 11
A CONFERENCE HOSTED BY CLASSROOMS WITHOUT BORDERS Geared to academia, educators, spiritual leaders and students Open to the community Featured Scholars and Presenters • Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University, and former Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust...
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October 27, 2019

In recognition of the events of October 27, 2018 targeting members of three congregations praying at the Tree of Life building, the JCC will be closed for normal business. The JCC will be open for Community Service and Resiliency. On October 27, 2019: The 10/27 Healing Partnership, a federally-funded resiliency center on the upper level...
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COMING EVENTS

Nov

13

World Kindness Day at the JCC

11 am-1 pm
Please join us as we participate in World Kindness Day, a nationally celebrated movement encouraging individuals and organizations to carry out good deeds and acts of kindness. Drop by the JCC in Squirrel Hill to make bagged lunches for non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area who serve community members. We are partnering with 412 Food...
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Dec

07

Light – An Interfaith Celebration Through Song

JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Robinson Building • Katz Performing Arts Center 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill
7-8:30 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL Sing with us and shine the light as we bring our diverse faith traditions together. Join us in bringing LIGHT into the world through music. Featured artists: Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Alumni Theater Company/JCC Teens Cantor Julie Newman and Sara Stock Mayo of Tiferet Pittsburgh Stake Choir from the Church...
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Oct 01 – Dec

21

Each and Every: Photography Exhibit

Fine, Perlow Weis Gallery JCC of Greater Pittsburgh • 5738 Forbes Avenue
6-8 pm
Through December 2019 Each and Every explores the power of six Pittsburgh-based organizations that are each and every day making our corner of the world a better place to live in. The essence of the exhibition is exploring the human need of our neighbors and celebrating the work of dedicated residents who are changing our...
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Last night, Joanne Rogers was given our second Center for Loving Kindness Award at our big Burrito community dinner. big Burrito is generously underwriting a series of unique dinner experiences for the Jewish Community Center to share bread and wine while strengthening community, fostering resilience and encouraging our connections. Thank you big Burrito for your support for our community and thank you Joanne Rogers for your loving kindness. ... See MoreSee Less

We are so grateful for our supporters. Yesterday we not only met but exceeded our fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday, all because of YOU! Thank you - because of you, the JCC can continue to provide social services for children, youth, families, individuals with special needs, and seniors, with offerings ranging from daycare to camps and after school programs to health/wellness and recreational programs. ... See MoreSee Less

We are so grateful for our supporters. Yesterday we not only met but exceeded our fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday, all because of YOU! Thank you - because of you, the JCC can continue to provide social services for children, youth, families, individuals with special needs, and seniors, with offerings ranging from daycare to camps and after school programs to health/wellness and recreational programs.

It's Giving Tuesday! Today, you have a chance to keep your community strong by giving big to the JCC. Give now: bit.ly/GiveBigJCC

Pictured: Teens from Parkland, Florida, joined Pittsburgh peers for service projects during “Parkland to Pittsburgh,” an extraordinary three days of healing and community building, hosted by the JCC. Participants had the option to participate in advocacy experiences on gun violence, immigrants and refugees.
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Its Giving Tuesday! Today, you have a chance to keep your community strong by giving big to the JCC. Give now: bit.ly/GiveBigJCC

Pictured: Teens from Parkland, Florida, joined Pittsburgh peers for service projects during “Parkland to Pittsburgh,” an extraordinary three days of healing and community building, hosted by the JCC. Participants had the option to participate in advocacy experiences on gun violence, immigrants and refugees.

It's Giving Tuesday! Today, you have a chance to keep your community strong by giving big to the JCC. Give now: bit.ly/GiveBigJCC ... See MoreSee Less

Its Giving Tuesday! Today, you have a chance to keep your community strong by giving big to the JCC. Give now: bit.ly/GiveBigJCC

It's Feel Good Friday! Remember to be kind to yourself today. ... See MoreSee Less

Its Feel Good Friday! Remember to be kind to yourself today.
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IN THE NEWS

Do Jews in a synagogue have to arm themselves?

(translated from the original Dutch) In December 2015, Rabbi Ron Symons, director of the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh, called with representatives of various religious movements in the area. Whether they should not even get to know each other? "Because we are neighbors," Symons told them. "But also because I know for sure: there will come a time when we are all on a stage and we have to …

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On Yom Kippur, a Tree of Life shooting survivor grapples with forgiveness

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, centers on the idea of forgiveness. But what does forgiveness mean in the aftermath of a mass murder? On the first Yom Kippur after the Tree of Life synagogue shootings, what would a survivor say about forgiving the man who shot him and killed his friends? Hundreds of people -- overflowing the neat rows of chairs to sit …

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A new year’s resolution for justice at Jewish Community Center

With the long, drawn-out blasts from a shofar, or ram’s horn, more than 200 people ushered out the first day of Rosh Hashana on Monday, not with a traditional liturgy but with a practical guide to social justice at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. The JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness hosted the event at the Squirrel Hill center through programming designed to appeal to …

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Battle lines seen as hardening on religious liberty

A longstanding consensus on how to accommodate religious beliefs in government settings is breaking down as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn longstanding precedent and allow greater role of religion in public life. Those were some of the observations of Nina Totenberg, the longtime legal affairs correspondent for NPR, at a forum on “The First Amendment for the 21st Century,” held Monday at the …

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Daniel Tabares Wins First Annual Loving Kindness Award

Daniel Tabares, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was presented with the first Loving Kindness Award at the JCC's Annual Meeting. Read the featured article in his high school's The Eagle Eye newspaper.

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“Rabbi talks anti-Semitism, rebounding from tragedy”

An interview with Rabbi Ron Symons

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We strengthen the fabric of the community by amplifying the long-held values of
Love your neighbor as yourself and Do not stand idle while your neighbor bleeds
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CENTER FOR LOVING KINDNESS BLOG

Shining Light on that “They Lived”

I Lived, We Live: What Did We Miss? was an exhibit about the community of Hazelwood organized by Hazelwood residents and presented last winter here at the JCC's American Jewish Museum. While the origins of our relationship stem from loss and trauma, our two communities have forged bonds, shared experiences and built meaningful friendships. Center of Life’s Geraldine Massey shares her story about losing her …

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An Unprecedented Year

I distinctly remember two phone calls my wife and I received shortly before 10 a.m. that day. “Are you in shul? The street is blocked by police cars,” the congregant inquired. We replied that we were out of town and not at synagogue. A minute later the phone rang again. It was Sam Schachner, president of Tree of Life, who informed us of an active …

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The Concept of Forgiveness

When Rabbi Ron Symons invited me back to Pittsburgh for Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, to worship with our Pittsburgh neighbors and to participate in a community event at the JCC, I did not hesitate to say yes. The slogan “From Parkland to Pittsburgh, Stronger Together” has heartfelt meaning for me, as our two communities forged an unbreakable bond when we first came together …

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NEIGHBOR IS A MORAL CONCEPT!

As we turn the page on the calendar from Summer to Fall, from vacation to the academic year, from the old Jewish year 5779 to the new Jewish year 5780, the work of the Center for Loving Kindness are all the more relevant to the lives we lead in and around Pittsburgh.  Planned throughout 2016 and 2017 and launched on August 28, 2017, to commemorate …

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I Need Shabbat This Week

I need Shabbat this week because all I have heard is people talking over and through each other. I need Shabbat this week because all I have seen are images of children separated from their parents. I need Shabbat this week because all the values about family and human dignity I thought were foundational to our American way of life are being challenged. I need Shabbat this week …

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Shabbat is The First Labor Law

I was struck by this Samuel Rosenberg Image entitled 'Rest' in the spring when Melissa Hiller, Director of our American Jewish Museum, brought me to the Heinz History Center to see the exhibit "The Gift of Art". "For 100 years, the Friends of Art has purchased art to be given to the Pittsburgh Public Schools and enjoyed by tens of thousands of school children. Seeking to …

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Moral Compass

Elie Weisel taught us: One of the Just Men came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. Night and day he walked the streets and markets protesting against greed and theft, falsehood and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled ironically. Then they stopped listening; he no longer even amused them. The killers went on killing, the wise kept silent, as …

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