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Five years of redefining neighbor as a moral concept across SWPA 

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5 Steps to a Better You – Center for Loving Kindness

Become your best self through Mussar! In our LIVE Five Steps course you’ll experience: The transformative power of ancient Jewish practices involving the mind, heart, body, and soul. Guidance for...
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“Build a Hug” Drive for Children of Uvalde

Wed, May 25 - Jun 03
In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and 10.27 Healing Partnership connected with the Herby Ham...
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It’s a Beautiful Shabbat in The Neighborhood

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It’s a Beautiful Shabbat in The Neighborhood Join Rabbi Ron Symons and our neighborhood guests in lighting Shabbat candles, raising a glass of wine and breaking bread in celebration of...
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Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On

Important Passages to Guide Us to Stand UP with Our Neighbors Join us for critical Zoom conversations based on book excerpts from social justice literature that can impact how we...
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The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) was established in August 2017 to strategically counter the demoralizing rhetoric of public discourse to 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’ as we redefine ‘neighbor’ from a geographic term to a moral concept.

We realize this goal by creating safe spaces in which neighbors can live in community with one another based on our shared humanity through real and perceived differences.

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This Shabbat, as the weather turns cold and our concerns a are still with community health, economy, and peace, we can celebrate Shabbat with a sense of hope that we are partners in making a better future. ... See MoreSee Less

It has been five years and counting since we launched the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh.
As we plan for the next five years, we will continue to be UPstanders who build safe spaces in which neighbors live with each other in community through our shared humanity across real and perceived differences.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global movement unleashing the power of generosity to change and impact communities and the world.
People can show their kindness in a variety of ways during Giving Tuesday⁠⁠—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes—everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. donate.jccpgh.org/give/260843/#!/donation/checkout
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It has been five years and counting since we launched the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh. 
As we plan for the next five years, we will continue to be UPstanders who build safe spaces in which neighbors live with each other in community through our shared humanity across real and perceived differences.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global movement unleashing the power of generosity to change and impact communities and the world.
People can show their kindness in a variety of ways during Giving Tuesday⁠⁠—whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes—everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. https://donate.jccpgh.org/give/260843/#!/donation/checkout

"I am thankful for my three kitties because they make me happy at the end of a long day, they snuggle and keep me toasty when it's cold outside, and they love me so much they make every day a good day!" - Melissa Hiller Center for Loving Kindness - JCC Pittsburgh ... See MoreSee Less

I am thankful for my three kitties because they make me happy at the end of a long day, they snuggle and keep me toasty when its cold outside, and they love me so much they make every day a good day! - Melissa Hiller Center for Loving Kindness - JCC Pittsburgh

As we celebrate this pre-Thanksgiving Shabbat, we are glad to welcome Marnie Fienberg, founder of 2 for Seder Marnie has an important message about the power of home rituals and family that applies to both Passover and Thanksgiving. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, hundreds of neighbors came to the JCC in order to show compassion for our neighbors on the northside following the shooting during a funeral two weeks ago. Neighbors of all ages wrote their words of comfort on a banner, so that we could share the loving kindness. Zelda Curtiss and Leo Rees, two of our UPstanders who helped people signed the banner, accompanied Melissa Hiller and Rabbi Ron Symons as they delivered the banner to Rev. Brenda Gregg at Destiny of Faith Church. This is what we mean by redefining "neighbor" as a moral concept. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, hundreds of neighbors came to the JCC in order to show compassion for our neighbors on the northside following the shooting during a funeral two weeks ago. Neighbors of all ages wrote their words of comfort on a banner, so that we could share the loving kindness. Zelda Curtiss and Leo Rees, two of our UPstanders who helped people signed the banner, accompanied Melissa Hiller and Rabbi Ron Symons as they delivered the banner to Rev. Brenda Gregg at Destiny of Faith Church. This is what we mean by redefining neighbor as a moral concept.Image attachment
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IN THE NEWS

Starbucks teams up with WPXI to celebrate Kindness Week

PITTSBURGH — WPXI-TV and Channel 11 News will be celebrating kindness in the Pittsburgh area all this week on television and here on WPXI.com in partnership with the Center For Loving Kindness and more than a dozen Starbucks locations across the area. At each of the Starbucks locations, patrons will see a sticker on their cups and food bags celebrating kindness, while customers inside the stores can …

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Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Center collecting stuffed animals, books for children of Uvalde, Texas

PITTSBURGH — When tragedy struck Uvalde, Texas, this week, leaders in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community jumped into action. “When we heard about what was going on in Uvalde, what happened, for all of us as human beings, it just hit a core, that this is just wrong,” said Rabbi Ron Symons, the founding director of the Jewish Community Center’s Center for Loving Kindness. The Center for Loving Kindness …

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The Sum of Us, Not Just Some of Us

The arguments about citizenship questions and deadlines, enumerators and computer forms, congressional districts and federal funding — it seems like a lifetime ago because of COVID, and yet the results will guide us for the next 10 years … until we get to census 2030 as mandated by the Constitution. In this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, we again turn our attention to a census of ancient …

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CENTER FOR LOVING KINDNESS BLOG

Our Vision of Community

Welcome to our vision of community.  It will be a strong fabric made up of threads of love and support. What do we mean when we say “love your neighbor as yourself”?  How can we possibly love someone as much as ourselves?  Isn’t that self-defeating?  Rabbi Louis Jacobs (Jewish Personal and Social Ethics) teaches us that the meaning is not "love your neighbor like yourself”, but rather …

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Five Years and Counting: So Much More Kindness To Do

It has been five years and counting since we launched the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh. While our work was accelerated in the immediate aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA, we had started planning for the Center for Loving Kindness during 2016 as we became acutely aware of the changing nature …

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Father’s Day Pledge

While the punch line has changed over the years, the joke (and the underlying societal impression) is unfortunately still the same. While we were growing up, when we were asked what we would be getting Dad for Father’s Day, we always answered, “A tie.” Inevitably, that tie was either store bought with intentions of either meeting, stretching, or countering Dad’s fashion sense; or homemade out …

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Center for Loving Kindness – Standing in Solidarity on Juneteenth

As our neighbors celebrate Juneteenth, we stand in solidarity as we work to redefine “neighbor” from a geographic term to a moral concept.  We invite you to virtually attend this event in Atlanta on June 17 and revisit our north star framing of how we work for civil rights for all. View the virtual event here.  Throughout the 125 year history of the Jewish Community Center of Greater …

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