The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement


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.

Upcoming Events

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
David Silvasy
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:

For more information contact Rabbi Ron Symons, [email protected] • 412-697-3235
To view event flyer please click here

Melton Pittsburgh: Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew

The premiere course of pluralistic, foundational learning returns to Pittsburgh

Wednesdays, October 10-May 22
9:30-11:45 am at the JCC in Squirrel Hill

Click here to learn more


Recent Events
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 the
se 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….


  • 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

Blog Posts
We strengthen the fabric of our community....
Immigrants, Refugees and Strangers

In November 2017, we hosted a Faithful Response to Immigrants, Refugees and Strangers.  While local clergy inspired us with their words, our neighbors who told us their immigration stories blew us away.  Please spend a few minutes watching their stories.

Our Local Environment

Read Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle article:

Growing crisis with climate, environment takes center stage at JCC

We care deeply about our local environment in Southwestern PA.  Inspired by the Jewish value to care for and protect the earth (sh’mirat adamah), we encourage you to get involved in issue related to the impact of fossil fuels on our local economy, health and climate.

In November 2017, we hosted 180 people and over 20 environmental organizations in a forum to learn more about the environment and in order to get involved in making a difference.  You can learn more by reviewing these slides from our presenters.

Big Problems Ketyer

City of Pittsburgh Kiernan

Environmental Hazards Fabisiak

Transparency Marcucci

Sustainable Future Part 1 Mehalik

Sustainable Future Part 2 Mehalik

Sustainable Future Part 3 Mehalik

Against Racism and Bigotry
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

Get engaged

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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