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RECENT EVENTS

High Holidays of Hope – Yom Kippur

Wed, Oct 09 3-4:30 pm
Free and open to everyone For more information: Rabbi Ron Symons, 412-697-3235 Yom Kippur: Forgiveness and Repentance Wednesday, October 9 • 3-4:30 PM JCC of Greater Pittsburgh – Katz Performing Arts Center 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill Gather on the holiest day of the year to explore the role that forgiveness and repentance have in our...
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High Holidays of Hope – Rosh Hashanah

Mon, Sep 30 3-4:30 pm
Free and open to everyone For more information: Rabbi Ron Symons, 412-697-3235 Rosh Hashanah UPstanders Monday, September 30 • 3-4:30 PM Levinson Hall, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill The piercing sound of the ancient shofar will inspire us to move from being bystanders to UPstanders. Engage in guided conversations with neighbors Circulate...
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The First Amendment for the 21st Century

Mon, Sep 23
The First Amendment for the 21st Century: A Conference in Squirrel Hill About Our Nation’s Tensions with Freedom of Religion The Conference is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness and is funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation. The First Amendment for the 21st Century is one of a series created by The...
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COMING EVENTS

Sep 04 – Dec

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EACH AND EVERY: PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Fine, Perlow Weis Gallery JCC of Greater Pittsburgh • 5738 Forbes Avenue
September-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 community....
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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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Nov 10 – Nov

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Antisemitism, Hate and Social Responsibility

Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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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Join All for All at our 3rd Annual All for All Summit Oct 10th-12th, an annual convening on the intersection of culture, community-building, and economic development! Register at allforall.world/Summit

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IN THE NEWS

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

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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