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The Center for Loving Kindness

We Believe

We Believe

…’Neighbor’ is a moral concept, not a geographic term.

…Every neighbor has strength, wisdom, and value to offer and to gain.

…Civic engagement/social action is best undertaken in partnership with those who will benefit from the change.

Work envisions a community in which

  • People will be motivated to move from ‘bystander’ to ‘UPstander’ through exposure, awareness, and engagement.
  • Neighbors will be energized through cross-cultural education.
  • We will be in authentic partnerships with like-minded community organizations focused on the needs of marginalized and under-served communities.
  • The JCC will serve as a true community center, the town square where residents, municipalities, and community organizations enter into dialogue and involve people to strengthen the fabric of community.
  • Individuals and communities will have safe space in which to grieve, heal, and grow resilience within the Center for Loving Kindness.

Building Relationships

Building Relationships

We Build Relationships Through Shared Experiences…

In our increasingly polarized society, developing relationships across racial, economic, religious, cultural, and other lines of real and perceived differences is challenging. In collaboration with trusted partner organizations, the Center for Loving Kindness brings individuals from different lived experiences together, by providing structured opportunities to learn from each other and build connectedness and understanding.

Get Involved!

  • We show up for neighbors in need through our Ministry of Presence when one community experiences an event that causes trauma and fear. (The term ‘Ministry of Presence’ means moving close to listen, laying down our defensiveness and agendas, and offering up empathy instead.)
  • We are the Town Square where diverse neighbors gather to experience cross-cultural events.
  • We Cross Bridges with community partners and facilitate opportunities for adults and teens to cross geographic borders to visit and learn from each other’s community centers, houses of worship, historical sites and neighborhoods.
  • We present Art, Movies, and Books We Have to Talk About.
  • We Strengthen the Network of People of Faith, Hope, and Values by creating opportunities for clergy and spiritual leaders to cross their own perceived boundaries.
  • We partner with Osher at Carnegie Mellon University and at The University of Pittsburgh to provide high quality and socially relevant lifelong learning opportunities.

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

We provide support and space to navigate through violence and hate as the Squirrel Hill, Jewish, and Greater Pittsburgh communities continue to grieve and heal following the Tree of Life tragedy and other painful events. Our sensitivity to violence and trauma in all communities and populations is heightened no matter the frequency nor under the perceived impact.

Get Involved

  • We host Public Forums to raise awareness of issues and behaviors that help our neighbors grow in resiliency. We spotlight local and national leaders who are working to address these concerns and we provide participants with connections to direct volunteer service and advocacy opportunities.
  • We strengthen Support Systems for Students and Teachers by working with educational leaders who provide anti-bias education across our region.
  • We support the 1 Year Commemoration of the October 27, 2018 Tragedy at the Tree of Life facility.
  • We Work with Likeminded Community Organizations across the globe that are impacted by similar incidents of trauma in order to help Pittsburgh both heal and provide healing.

Raising Awareness and Acting

Raising Awareness and Acting

We raise awareness and move people into action, by strategically identifying issues of concern to communities in our region. We augment the JCC’s role as the ‘town square’ where ideas are explored with respect, fill gaps of knowledge and understanding, promote civil discourse, and create concrete opportunities for follow-through.

Get Involved

  • We lead Rapid Responses to time sensitive critical issues.
  • We work to ensure that Every Resident Will Be Counted in the 2020 Census.
  • We host a First Amendment Conference focusing on the role of religion in the town square.
  • We Re-Imagine Jewish Holidays by linking Jewish traditions with social action.

American Jewish Museum

American Jewish Museum

The American Jewish Museum champions artists and art-making and supports great, complex and bold ideas. We believe art has the power to build communities.