ShpielBurgh Productions presents a revival of Hadassah – A Persian Musical, our community Purim Shpiel set to the music of the smash-hit Hamilton.
March 14 (7:30), 16 (8:30) and 17 (3:30)
JCC’s Katz Theater
5738 Darlington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
Playful and powerful, this revival includes a new song and all-new staging. Join us in the room where it happens as we stand up to hate and collectively increase our community’s JOY!
Ticket sales benefit Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha, New Light, Dor Hadash, and the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.
On sale at HadassahRevival.Eventbrite.com.
Hopeful Responses to Mass Incarceration
Interfaith evening of inspiration and conversation with neighbors, clergy, public officials and those impacted by mass incarceration. This event is open to people of all faiths and hope no matter your background.
Hear from experts, talk with neighbors and engage in brief text studies of nationally renowned authors
• How does mass incarceration impact our neighborhoods and neighbors
throughout Southwest PA?
• Stories from inside —chaplains and returning citizens share their
• How can we interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline?
• Learn from local organizations about how we can work for real
Please RSVP to CASP.org/massincarceration
For more information, please contact Rev. Liddy Barlow, [email protected] or
Rabbi Ron Symons, [email protected]
Thursday, March 21 7-8:30 PM
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 South Highland Avenue
Movies We Have To Talk About: Dear White People
Described by Vanity Fair as a sharp and very funny Netflix comedy that should be on everyone’s watch list, Dear White People follows several Black students at an Ivy League college as they navigate campus life and racial politics.
Movies We Have to Talk About is an initiative of the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh and community partners.
Thursday, April 11 • 6:30 pm
Center of Life
161 Hazelwood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Enter on Sylvan Avenue; street parking is available.
Free and Open to All
Transportation will be provided from the JCC. To RSVP and for transportation details, visit tinyurl.com/April112019
Childcare will be available downstairs at the Center of Life.
Join with your Pittsburgh neighbors for a Movie, Conversation & Zeke’s Coffee Bar.
First in a series Movies We Have To Talk About: Won’t You Be My Neighbor Documentary
about the Life and Legacy of Fred Rogers.
Sunday, January 27
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
5738 Forbes Avenue
FREE and Open to All
4:00 pm: Zeke’s Coffee Bar and Candy Buffet
4:30 pm: Movie and Conversation
RSVP requested tinyurl.com/wontyoubemy
For more information, call 412-339-5416.
Parents welcome to bring children who will be engaged in the movie.
Movies We Have To Talk About is an initiative of the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh and community partners. Look for upcoming movies in the months to come
LIGHT! An Interfaith Celebration Through Song
Sunday, December 2, 7-8:30 pm
Katz Performing Arts Center, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill
Free and Open to All – RSVP
Sing with us and shine light in the darkness as we bring our diverse faith traditions together. We will light candles for the first night of Chanukah
Music led by
- Rodef Shalom Congregational Choir
- Hillelujah—a capella group at Hillel JUC
- Rodman Street Baptist Church Choir…and more!
- Special video byTzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts
Questions: [email protected]
Protecting Our Communities: Environmental Challenges from Fossil Fuel Extraction in SWPA
December 6, 2018
PowerPoint presentations from this event:
Fossil Fuel Powerpoint Dec. 2018
JCC SWPA Environmental Quality DeMarco
• Find out from our elected representatives what’s going on in city, county,
state and federal government to combat climate change and promote
alternative sustainable energy and other environmental initiatives
• Hear about local creative sustainability projects
• Learn from experts about the threats from fossil fuels
• Hear activists’ stories
• Learn more about and get involved in the local environmental movement
Doug Shields, Food and Water Watch
Matt Mehalik, PhD, The Breathe Project
Joanne Martin, Re-Imagine Beaver County
Elected Leaders Committed to Speaking
PA State Senator Jay Costa
PA State Representative Dan Frankel
PA State Representative-Elect Summer Lee
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County Councilman Paul Klein
Representation from the Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Conner
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger
Forest Hills Borough Councilwoman Patty De Marco
Tabling Organizations—Get Involved at the event!
ACCAN (Allegheny County Clean Air Now)
BCMAC (Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community)
Clean Air Council
Food and Water Watch
GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution)
League of Women Voters
Mom’s Clean Air Force
Bend The Arc
No Petro PA
North Braddock Residents for Our
Our Children Our Earth
Southwest PA Environmental
Marcellus Outreach Butler
Re-Imagine Butler County
For more information:
Rabbi Ron Symons [email protected]
American Patriot: Photos by Charlee Brodsky, Poetry by Jim Daniels
Artists’ Reception: Tuesday, November 13th, 6–8pm , Berger Gallery, JCC Robinson building
Brodsky’s photographs of American flags and Daniels’ poetry responding to Brodsky’s images tap into how Americans interact with the flag as a decoration, a consumable object and as a signifier and pronouncement of our Americanism. Through the lens of this region and via the symbolism of the American flag, their collaboration wrestles with the complexities of life in 21st century America and the meaning of the flag. Importantly, the collaboration illuminates the drastically diverse ways in which patriotism is understood and expressed.
Hopeful Responses to Addiction
Learn from local organizations about how we can be helped and how we can help others.If you think that addiction does not impact you, you need to join us. If you know that addiction impacts you, you need to join us.
What Is Addiction?
• Rich Lord, Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
• JoEllen Marsh, Opioid Community Response Manager, Allegheny County Health Department
What Is The Impact On Our Community?
• Rabbi Moshe Vogel, Executive Director, Aleph Institute
• Dana Gold, COO, JFCS, Founding Director of Sojourner House
• Community Member: My Story
What Are Our Pathways Towards Hope?
• The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL, 5th Bishop of Greensburg
• The Reverend Canon Dr. Jay Geisler, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
• Community Leader: Our Civic Responsibility
Please RSVP to CASP.org/addiction
BERNSTEIN: The Provocateur
November 10 & 11
JCC Katz Performing Arts Center, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill
As a composer, conductor, educator and humanitarian, Leonard Bernstein shattered boundaries in his life and career. In 2018, performing arts organizations around the world are celebrating the 100th birthday of this iconic artist. From his controversial premier of Mass for the opening of the Kennedy Center to his bold statements about race in West Side Story, Bernstein has provoked us to think differently about the world.
Repertoire includes: selections from Mass, West Side Story, Missa Brevis, Candide and others.
- Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
- Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 4 pm
Clergy Coffee – “We Have to Talk”
Thursday, November 8.
9:45 – 11:30 am.
JCC’s Katz Performing Arts Center, Robinson Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill
We are committed to fighting intolerance with the promise of love. As a community working together in solidarity, our resolve is strong and our voices loud.
Please join us at the JCC on November 8 for a Clergy Coffee. Spread the news to all of your spiritual leader networks. If ever there was a time for clergy to come together in and around Pittsburgh, it is now. As a community working together in solidarity, our resolve is strong and our voices loud.
Rabbi Ron Symons (JCC)
Rev. Liddy Barlow (CASP)
Josh Sayles (Director, CRC)
Wasi Mohamed (Executive Director, ICP)
October 8, 2018 to November 12, 2018
BECOMING AMERICAN is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.
WHO: Open to all members of the community. Free. No RSVP required.
WHEN: Every Monday, beginning on October 8th through November 12th, 6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE: The first three programs will be held in the JCC Katz Theatre, 5738 Darlington Rd., Squirrel Hill. The last three programs will be held in College Hall Room 104, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave. Both locations are accessible by bus. Plan your trip and get bus fare information.
Program One: The Century of Immigration with scholar Dr. Jennie Schulze
October 8th, 2018 – 6:30pm @ JCC Katz Theatre
Program Two: Promise and Prejudice with scholar Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
October 15th, 2018 – 6:30pm @ JCC Katz Theatre
Program Three: Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturatiom with scholar Dr. Jennie Schulze
October 22nd, 2018 – 6:30pm @ JCC Katz Theatre
Program Four: Help Wanted? Immigration and Work with scholar Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
October 29th, 2018 – 6:30pm @ College Hall 104, Duquesne University
Program Five: Family and Community with scholar Dr. Jennie Schulz
November 5th, 2018 – 6:30pm @ College Hall 104, Duquesne University
Program Six: Immigration and Popular Culture with scholar Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
November 12th, 2018 – 6:30pm @ College Hall 104, Duquesne University
High Holidays of Hope:
On Yom Kippur Find Comfort and Inspiration.
Wednesday, September 19, 2-3 PM
We will recite Yizkor and Kaddish memorial prayers for our own losses and our community losses.
Mourning is the Other Side of Love
Doctoral Practicum Intern
Jewish Family and Community Services
My Life’s Work After My Two Sons Were Murdered by Gun Violence
Geraldine Massey MS PRC
Family Counselor/Outreach Specialist
Center of Life, Hazelwood
Rebuilding After the Trauma of the Franklin Avenue Massacre
Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris, Christian Church of Wilkinsburg
President, Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project
Casual Dress • RSVPs requested
For Yom Kippur: tinyurl.com/jccpghyk
For more information contact Rabbi Ron Symons, [email protected] • 412-697-3235
To view event flyer please click here
On Rosh Hashanah Rededicate Yourself to Social Justice.
Monday, September 10, 2-3 PM
•The shofar (ram’s horn) will be our social justice call to action
• Be inspired by these community upstanders:
Zack Block, Executive Director, Repair The World Pittsburgh
Standing Up for Opportunity for All
Betty Cruz, Director, Change Agency
Standing Up for Immigrants
Jake Goodman, Executive Director, Opportunity Fund
Standing Up for Queer Rights
Jake Seltman, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh
Standing Up for Food Justice
janera solomon, Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Standing Up for Creative Community
We Invite You to Join With Your Neighbors….
To Strengthen The FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITY!
- If you want to explore the foundations of western civilization at a time when they are being challenged, then join us for The Ten Commandments in The 21st Century beginning on May 1. Click here for information.
- If you care about #METOO, then join us for a modern rendition of The Book of Ruth on either May 3 or May 6. Click here for information.
- If you would like to study the night away on Shavuot, then join us for the TIKKUN on May 19. Click here for more information.
- If you want to explore how to share your values with the next generation, then join us for Let Me Write This Down Before I Forget beginning on May 23. Click here for more information.
Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco
Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and jazz singer Phat Man Dee recently created an outstanding collection of social justice songs. Recognizing the important role artists have in contributing to the global choir of change, the JCC hosted Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco, on Thursday, December 14.
Read the Jewish Chronicle article about this event