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Five years of redefining neighbor as a moral concept across SWPA 

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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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Please join us to show our loving kindness for neighbors with Ukraine connections

Tue, Apr 05 - Apr 07
Let’s show our loving kindness for Pittsburgh neighbors with Ukraine connections While so many of us are impacted by the news from Ukraine, we have neighbors who have direct connections...
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COMING EVENTS

Jul 11 – Jul

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Spread the Kindness!

Think about how it felt the last time someone was kind to you. Maybe they did you a favor. Maybe they sent you a card. Maybe they just gave you...
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Jul 01 – Sep

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It’s a Beautiful Shabbat in The Neighborhood

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Fridays, 12 pm
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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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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Join Rabbi Ron Symons for a Shabbat commemorating Tisha B’Av, the day of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. While observed last Sunday, this Shabbat message helps us understand how Tisha B’Av can be a day of resilience beyond loss. ... See MoreSee Less

As we remember the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia during the summer of 2017, we are even more committed to loving kindness. While the Center for Loving Kindness was long in planning at the time of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, we are aware that we opened the Center for Loving Kindness in the shadow of that tragedy. Our path forward must be paved with love and kindness. ... See MoreSee Less

As we remember the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia during the summer of 2017, we are even more committed to loving kindness. While the Center for Loving Kindness was long in planning at the time of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, we are aware that we opened the Center for Loving Kindness in the shadow of that tragedy. Our path forward must be paved with love and kindness.

Thank you for supporting the JCC in yesterday's Pittsburgh Foundation's Critical Needs Alert. These funds help our annual programs, services, and scholarship assistance. Working together we can keep everyone in our community happy, healthy, and whole. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you for supporting the JCC in yesterdays Pittsburgh Foundations Critical Needs Alert. These funds help our annual programs, services, and scholarship assistance. Working together we can keep everyone in our community happy, healthy, and whole.

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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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