The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement
Mission

We strengthen the fabric of 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.

Program Areas

Education/Exposure
Directed learning opportunities for teens and adults to interact with each other, reduce barriers and build connectedness.
Civic Engagement
Intentional organizing and convening to augment the JCC’s role as the “town square” where ideas are explored with respect.
Advocacy and Action
Finding new opportunities to become involved in movements beyond our current scope, including activating an East End ministerium that connects a diverse group of local clergy.
Artistic Expression
Exhibiting supportive programming of the American Jewish Museum through publicly accessible visual arts, amplifying the moral responsibility of neighbor and convening artistic thought leaders in the community.
Communications
Ensuring that the broad public at large understands the role of the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement as a driving force for good in our community.

Coming Events
Semer Ensemble Klezmer Concert

Direct from Berlin Bringing Jewish Music Back From the Ashes of Kristallnacht
Saturday, November 11 – 7:30-9:30 PM – Katz Theater
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
5738 Darlington Road
$18; $10/student
Tickets: https://jfedpgh.org/semer

Blog Posts
Recent Actions
Interfaith Clergy Gathering Against  Racism and Bigotry

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Partnership with Christian Associates Southwest Pennsylvania:
A Clergy Forum of Social Justice Sermons

Monday, August 28, 2017

With invitations to clergy across the faith denominations from across Greater Pittsburgh, this forum provided clergy with the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of and the need to heed the message of the 1963 March on Washington by discussing great civil rights sermons from that march and beyond. They then signed a declaration to the community accentuating faith based unity in the face of racism and bigotry.

“We are living in very challenging times. Protesters, advocates, and politicians are trying to spin our moral compasses in such a way so that we have little sense of which way to step. But we know in which direction we should march: the moral direction that is taught by all of our faith traditions, the direction of “love your neighbor as yourself” and “do not stand idle while your neighbor bleeds.” Our fathers and mothers marched in this direction, and so must we, so that our children will in their day and so that we can create a world where hate, bigotry, racism and discrimination have no place in society, no matter the voice speaking them nor the unspoken words of those in power.”

– The Reverend Liddy Barlow, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania and Rabbi Ron Symons, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

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Contact

Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life, 412-697-3235 or fill out this Contact Form and we will get back to you shortly.

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