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Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On: Important Passages To Guide Us On Being Antiracist

Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On: Important Passages To Guide Us On Being Antiracist. We’ll be exploring key ideas from Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist. Thursday, January 14, 7pm We will share the excerpts on-screen during our conversation. There is no requirement to read the book beforehand and no requirement to join all conversations in this series. Hosts: JCC  Center for Loving Kindness …

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PJ Library Home to Home: Celebrations of Jewish Life

PJ Library Presents Home to Home: Celebrations of Jewish Life Making Jewish Life Come Alive and Be Connected During COVID 19 Join us for these special Zoom Celebrations!  Celebration Kits provided. Families who may not be able to participate in our Zoom Celebration are encouraged to pick up a Celebration Kit and participate on their own or with the recording from the live event.  REGISTER HERE Tu b’Shvat Terrariums  Thursday, January 28, …

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New Year’s Eve Zumba Gold Dance Party!

Let’s dance our way into 2021!  The Zumba Gold New Year’s Eve Dance Party will begin at 7:00 PM, with your host, Bonnie Livingston.  Dress in your New Year’s finest if you wish, put on a sparkly party hat, provide your own fancy appetizers and a fizzy drink to toast to the new year and be ready to dance.  You can email Bonnie ([email protected]) requests …

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JCC Presents: Chanukah!

Celebrate with Us! Wednesday, December 9, 7-8:15 pm: Sparking Our Light: A Conversation All About Chanukah’s Customs, Traditions and Social Justice Values A Virtual Program presented by Mt. Lebanon Public Library Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller from the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness guide a conversation around the story behind Chanukah’s festival of lights and the holiday’s customs and traditions. Their conversation also connects Chanukah to social …

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Managing for Resilience in a Crisis

"Resilience - the ability to withstand adversity and recover from difficult events.   It wasn’t a word I used often at the JCC for most of my first 20 years as CEO, but one that has defined my practice and that of the agency the past several years. Despite our best efforts, much of what life dishes up is beyond our control.  But we do have …

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Antiracism Series

Let’s do more antiracism work together. Join us as we explore our roles in dismantling oppressive systems. Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On: Important Passages To Guide Us On Being Antiracist Thursday, December 10, 7-8 pm on Zoom A conversation series exploring ideas from leading authors for building a more equal and just future. December 10 focuses on Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility Register here HERE

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J&R Day Camp Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, January 12 2 sessions: Noon-1 pm or 8-9 pm • Learn about the benefits of sending your child to day camp • Hear about J&R summer 2021 plans and a Covid-19 update • Learn what sets J&R apart from other day camps • Hear from Rachael Speck, J&R Day Camp Director, and meet other senior staff There is no obligation to register for camp at this session. Special event discount if you …

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Celebrations of the Season: Lights Across Pittsburgh

December 17 7-8 pm on Zoom A celebration of Pittsburgh’s diversity presented by JCC PGH Center for Loving Kindness, Christian Associates of Southwest PA, and the Frick Pittsburgh. A demonstration of holiday lighting rituals will be followed by a roundtable discussion, led by Rabbi Ron Symons and Rev. Liddy Barlow. Including Tracy Baton, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church member; Rev. Canon Eric McIntosh of St. James Episcopal Church in …

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JCC to Open Senior Center for 1:1 In Person Appointments

Effective 12/9/20: The Senior Center has been closed for in person appointments until further notice. For ages 60+ The JCC has been approved by Allegheny County, Department of Human Services, Area Agency on Aging to open the Senior Center portion of our services for 1:1 in person appointments. WHEN: Beginning December 2, hours for appointments are: Wednesdays: 12:30 – 3:30 pm Fridays: 12-3 pm WHERE: JCC, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill Appointments are mandatory. Entry …

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Sparking Our Light: A Conversation All About Chanukah’s Customs, Traditions and Social Justice Values

A Virtual Program presented by Mt. Lebanon Public Library Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller from the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness guide a conversation around the story behind Chanukah’s festival of lights and the holiday’s customs and traditions. Their conversation also connects Chanukah to social justice values and standing up for neighbors. Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller work collaboratively on the JCC’s Center for Loving …

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Free Covid Testing at the JCC

The JCC in Partnership with Squirrel Hill Health Center will provide free Covid-19 testing: WHEN: JCC Squirrel Hill: Monday, December 28, 9 am-12 pm & 12:30-3:30 pm JCC South Hills: Tuesday, December 29, 12:30-3:30 pm TO REGISTER: To register for your test now go to http://alleghenycovidtesting.com/ Squirrel Hill Health Center is conducting free COVID-19 tests. There is no doctor’s note, prescription, insurance or symptoms needed. We suggest arriving early …

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SilverSneakers: Stay Healthy with Regular Physical Activity

Whatever your age, regular physical activity helps you stay healthy! For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is the most important strategy for staying healthy! Compared to being sedentary, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Likewise, regular physical activity is associated with lower levels of anxiety and perceived stress (which many of us are feeling in the wake of the …

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EKC Winter Camp!

Sunday, December 6 – Saturday, December 19. Ages: 8th – 10th Graders EKC’s Winter Camp will provide teens with a unique opportunity to grow and enjoy themselves as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. During our Winter Camp program, our team of Education Support Coordinators will assist teens to prioritize their scholastic commitments and complete their remote schoolwork while also providing an engaging and wholesome camp experience. We …

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National Jewish Community Celebration of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time to recognize and honor the men and women who have served our country in both war and peace. Like Americans of many faiths and backgrounds, Jews have served our country in uniform since the Revolutionary War. Join us on Wednesday, November 11, at 2:11 pm ET for the live Facebook premier of “The National Jewish Community Celebration of Veterans Day.” Tune …

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The Second Floor Presents: College Prep

Explore the application process, applying for aid, life on campus and more! For High School students and parents Presented on ZOOM November 23, 30; December 7, 14, 21 7:00 - 8:30 pm The college application and selection process can be an overwhelming and time consuming process. The JCC College Prep series will give parents and teens important and relevant information about the college application and selection process as well as …

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Honoring the lives lost and the people affected by the attack on three Pittsburgh synagogues

October 27, 2020, will be a day to remember and reflect in spirit and in action. We will honor the lives lost and the people affected by the attack on three Pittsburgh synagogues — Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and Tree of Life* Or L’Simcha Congregation — on October 27, 2018. And we will work together to help our community continue to heal.  All of …

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JCC Provides Voting Sites in Squirrel Hill and South Hills

The JCC, in partnership with The Allegheny County Board of Elections, is providing a safe space for voters in The South Hills to cast their ballots on November 3, 2020. The JCC’s South Hills building will be an official polling place for voters in Scott Township’s Ward 8 Districts 1 and 2. Two voting machines will be installed in the building’s gymnasium, an area large enough …

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Welcoming the Holidays

Welcome Simchat Torah with Rabbi Ron Friday, October 9, 6-6:15 pm Join us on Facebook LIVE Want to celebrate the Torah? Rabbi Ron Symons welcomes you to his dining room as we celebrate Simchat Torah (The Joy of Torah), the holiday marking the ending and the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle.  We will focus on the power of how we end and begin again with intentionality in …

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Book Fest in Your Living Room!

We are pleased to join JCCs from all around the nation in offering this exciting book and author series of the MCJCC Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium. For details and a full list of events, click HERE Coming up: 1/27/21 - Scott Turow, The Last Trial: A Novel 1/31/21 - Gabrielle Glaser, American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and The Shadow History of Adoption Details: Click HERE  

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Fall Programs for Children, Teens and Adults

Check Out Our Fall Programming! For Children and Teens: Dance | Aquatics | Basketball | Sports | Performing Arts For Adults: Fitness | Aquatics | Virtual Book Fest | VSA It's all here: Fall 2020 Programs - Update 10-16-20

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White Supremacy, Racism and Anti-Semitism

How they divide us and preserve unjust systems. How can we undo them right here in Pittsburgh? Three 90-minute Zoom Conversations for members of the community Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22; 7-8:30 PM Facilitator: Jane Schuchert Walsh, PhD, Clarion University Hosts: JCC PGH Center for Loving Kindness and Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Talk about race and ethnicity by asking questions, sharing experiences, and discussing current issues openly and honestly. …

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Spartan Strong & Trail Running at the Family Park 

Come re-energize your training with Spartan Strong at the JCC's 100 acre Family Park. Each training will be followed by a trail run through the expansive property. Spartan Strong is divided into 5 Phases: Readiness, Stamina, Accountability, Tenacity and Resilience. Bring and reconnect with your friends! We have limited space so sign up today for this 6 week program. Sundays, 9 am September 27 October 4 October 11 October 18 …

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Private Basketball Personal Training

Get back on the court and improve your skills! 1 on 1 personal training sessions available. Ages 10+. 1 player:  $60 Squirrel Hill with Marcus Robinson FOR A LIMITED TIME: Marcus Robinson is offering private basketball trainings for 30 minute sessions: $30/each | $150 for 5 | $300 for 10 Marcus Robinson is a Pittsburgh native, professional athlete, coach, trainer and mentor with 10+ years of playing and professional …

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Vote! By Mail or In Person

For years, the JCC has served as a polling place for voting.  As we saw in the most recent primary and are anticipating in the upcoming election, the voting systems we have come to know over the years are changing.  That is why our Center for Loving Kindness-JCC of Greater Pittsburgh is joining with an array of non-partisan community organizations including the League of Women …

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Drive Up Vaccine Clinic 

Drive up vaccine clinic- Stay in your car! for ages 60+ 11 am-1 pm * October 21  Giant Eagle is hosting a drive up Vaccine clinic at the JCC Squirrel Hill Forbes Avenue garage. Flu MMR Pneumonia Tetanus RSVP to Darlene Cridlin - [email protected] 412-697-3517 by 10/15 for 10/21 clinic Get a flu shot and get $5 in free groceries*! *thru 2/28/21

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#CFLKConnectingCommunities: Voting and the Census

It is time to stand UP as a citizen and a resident! For years, the JCC has served as a polling place for voting.  As we saw in the most recent primary and are anticipating in the upcoming election, the voting systems we have come to know over the years are changing.  That is why our Center for Loving Kindness is joining with an array of non-partisan community …

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Nutrition and Wellness Presentations

Nutrition & Fad Diet Myths – Busted!!! with Tara Garfield, Dietetic Intern During this presentation, we will debunk the most common myths about food and nutrition as well as discuss the truth behind fad diets. On Zoom – Monday, November 2, at 2 pm. Register in advance for this meeting:   ZOOM After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Healthy Eating for Kids and Teens with …

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Rosh Hashanah Getaway at EKC!

A sweet start for a sweet new year: Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah Getaway to the JCC's Emma Kaufmann Camp in Morgantown, West Virginia. Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20 For more info: EKC Rosh Hashanah Getaway Learn more - Join us for a webinar with Aaron Cantor, EKC Director Monday, August 24, 8 pm Eastern Time  Register in advance for this meeting: Register on ZOOM After registering, you will receive a …

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All Day at the J

Please note: As of August 19, 2020, the program is full. If you would like to add your child to the waiting list, please email Rachael Speck [email protected] We are excited to bring you our new fall program called “All Day at the J!” “All Day at the J” is a program created to provide support to our families during this uncertain time.  For years, the JCC …

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Critical Needs Alert #ONEDAY

What a difference #ONEDAY makes! The JCC is thankful to be taking part in the 2020 Critical Needs Alert online giving event at www.pittsburghgives.org/jccpittsburgh on Aug. 19 from 8 am to 11:59 pm. Donations made on #ONEDAY, which is hosted by the Pittsburgh Foundation, will be matched. In these times of unprecedented economic, health and human services challenges, meeting basic needs has become even more crucial and …

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NEWS SPLASH: Lap Swim at the Family Park!

Begins Monday, August 3 Get your laps in, outside! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-5:50 pm, 6-6:50 pm or 7-7:50 pm* The pool will be divided into 18 - 25 yard sections for members to swim laps in their own 8 foot lane By Reservation Only through MINDBODY for 50-minute sessions Log-in HERE For more info, click HERE *Please note that as the weather can be unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that the weather …

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Winter Dance Classes

To Register: Squirrel Hill - Centerfit Desk 412-521-8010 South Hills - Front Desk 412-278-1975 Questions: Elaine Cappucci, 412-446-4773 or [email protected] Online via ZOOM Tuesdays Ballet/tap/jazz - ages 7-9 (online via zoom) Tuesdays 5:15-6:30 January 12-February 16 $102 Two Days/ Week *Intermediate Ballet/tap/jazz - ages 10-14 (online via zoom) Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30-6 pm January 13-February 19 $171 *Advanced Ballet/tap - ages 13-18 (online via zoom) **note the different times    Tuesdays 6:45-8:45 pm and Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 pm January 12-February 17 $189 Squirrel Hill …

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UPstander Opportunities: Be a Contact Tracer; Vaccine Trials

You can be an UPstander by being a Contact Tracer. This is LIFE SUSTAINING WORK Project UPstander activates community members to provide acknowledgement, understanding and support for neighbors facing challenges as a result of one-time and/or on-going hateful acts, natural disasters, violence or intolerance that threaten the integrity of the community. While our natural inclination might be to say, “It’s o.k. if I don’t do something. Someone …

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AgeWell at the JCC Presents VSA – Online Classes for Everyone!

Virtual Senior Academy – Online Classes for Everyone! Featured: Tuesdays: Social Justice: Eternal Values Applied to Contemporary Issues with Rabbi Ron Symons Thursdays: Quarantine Stories  Art and Quarantine Stories with Melissa Hiller If you are interested in joining: Sign up on the Virtual Senior Academy website www.virtualsenioracademy.org For more details, email Maddie Barnes at [email protected] or call 412-697-1186.

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#CFLKConnectingCommunities

JCC Center for Loving Kindness Launches New Campaign: Connecting Communities in Conversations “We are living through both a medical pandemic and a moral pandemic. CFLK’s Connecting Communities Campaign offers on line and in person opportunities to get involved.” -Rabbi Ron Symons Director, JCC Center For Loving Kindness Community Conversation with Pittsburgh Pirates first basemen Josh Bell Josh is launching a virtual book club with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where he …

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Social Justice – Eternal Values Applied to Contemporary Issues

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Ron Symons - Tuesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm Join with Rabbi Ron Symons in discussion around the most important issues of our day.  More than a current events class, these gatherings afford us the opportunity to ground our perspectives in values that humans have been holding dear for thousands of years and that have the potential to guide us today. Your voice matters if …

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Art and Quarantine Stories

Art and Quarantine Stories: Exploring Artworks and Topics That Relate To Our Current Moment. With Melissa Hiller, director of the JCC's American Jewish Museum Free and open to all. JCC membership not required New subjects each week. Thursdays: 12:15-12:45 Join the class:  ZOOM

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Personal Training Your Way: On Site and Virtual

Special "9-for-6" offer for new and returning clients Up your fitness with an expert personal trainer, who will motivate and innovate to help you reach your goals. You can choose to work with a trainer: In person in dedicated, safe and clean spaces at the JCCs in Squirrel Hill and South Hills Online from your home or wherever you are comfortable "9-for-6" special offer to JCC members: Nine ½ hour …

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Private Swim Lessons are Back!

Get back in the swim! We are excited to resume offering private lessons! Learning to swim is the most important thing you can do to stay safe in and around the water. SQUIRREL HILL Private lessons will be offered in the indoor small pool in Squirrel Hill. Lessons will be offered during the following times: Monday-Friday: 6:30-10 am 11 am-2 pm 3-6 pm Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 am-1 pm To Schedule: Email Carla Likar [email protected]

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#CFLKConnectingCommunities Upstander Opportunities

JCC Center for Loving Kindness Launches New Campaign: Connecting Communities “We are living through both a medical pandemic and a moral pandemic. CFLK’s Connecting Communities Campaign offers on line and in person opportunities to get involved.” -Rabbi Ron Symons Director, JCC Center For Loving Kindness Connecting Communities in Conversations  Coming Soon to CFLK Facebook Watch and comment as Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller present honest and authentic conversations with stakeholders …

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Pop In Fitness Classes!

Join us for special on site fitness! On Site Classes are for Members Only SQUIRREL HILL Sunday, January 24 8:45-9:45 am - Group Fight with Lauren Rain or Shine in the Kaufmann Garage - Forbes Avenue Register 72 hours in advance on MINDBODY Bring your own towels, mat and water bottle.  10-11 am Spinning with Evan Kaufmann Garage - Forbes Avenue Register 72 hours in advance on MINDBODY Bring your own towels, mat and water bottle Monday, …

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2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The annual Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is available to eligible residents of Allegheny County. Eligible individuals may receive one set of checks worth $24 to be spent at participating farmers markets. The 2020 Senior Farmers Market Program will look different this year due to COVID-19. The distribution of checks will not occur at senior centers. Instead, checks will be distributed by mail to eligible …

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UPstander Update

This UPstander opportunity offers you the possibility of standing as an ally with our partner Rev. Tim Smith of the Center of Life in Hazelwood as he makes the statement: BLACK LIVES MATTER IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY Religious leaders of Pittsburgh will come together Friday, June 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Hazelwood Green (corner of Second and Hazelwood Ave.), to stand together as a community of faith …

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JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Reopening

Reopening of our Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities Details: Click HERE December 31, 2020 Update With the governor’s limited-time mitigation order set to expire in several days, we want to confirm that the JCC plans to reopen fitness and aquatics facilities and related programming on Monday, January 4 at 8 am. As was the case prior to our closure, you can register 72 hours in advance for swim times and …

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Standing Up: A Teen Conversation Around Race and Responsibility

What is your role and responsibility in this moment? Join The Second Floor, the Center for Loving Kindness, and Repair The World Pittsburgh for an open dialogue and conversation around racial justice with Julie Mallis, Program Director of Repair the World Pittsburgh. No RSVP required. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91834271398

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#JCCPGHVirtual: Special Events: July 4, Art Therapy,LIVE Group Ex Updates

  Celebrating Freedom & Serving Others: Jewish Community Honors July 4th This year participate with us on Independence Day in the new initiative, “Celebrating Freedom&Serving Others: the Jewish Community Honors July 4th,” [email protected], a signature program [email protected] Celebrate the holiday, explore its meaning to us as Americans and as Jews, and act to improve our country and our world—all through a Jewish lens. Visit jcca.org/july4 for resources we hope will motivate and inspire …

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JCC and CFLK: Concerning Recent Events

Please read: A Message from the Center for Loving Kindness

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June 4: Project UPstander Day of Action

Stand UP with our neighbors in Wilkinsburg through the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness Please join us in Wilkinsburg's neighborhood improvement projects: Thursday, June 4, 2020 10 AM– 1 PM Please arrive by 9:45 AM Meet at The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg Park in the lot next to the Church 748 Wallace Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 JCC staff will welcome you RSVP Required: ProjectUPstanderJune4 Choose one of the following project options: Option #1: Weeding and mulching at …

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ECDC Reopening | FAQs

ECDC Reopening | FAQ Updates are in effect until it’s been deemed safe to resume our normal schedule and activities in ECDC. What are the hours of operation for ECDC? ECDC will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Families will be assigned drop off and pick up windows. Hours maybe expanded after the first month, pending safety reviews and any new government-issued guidelines. What are …

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JCC Camps – Summer 2020 Updates

Our day and overnight camping teams are actively monitoring the Covid-19 situation. Read their updates: JCC Day Camps' re-opening plans Blog Update May 27 Health and Safety Protocols and Summer 2020 Day Camps FAQs: Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols J&R Day Camp FAQs South Hills Day Camp FAQs Specialty and Performing Arts Camps FAQs Registration information - Click HERE Emma Kaufmann Camp EKC is offering Family Retreats at Camp …

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Teen Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Teen Tikkun Leil Shavuot Shavuot is just around the corner and you have the chance to celebrate all week long with some of your favorite Pittsburgh teen organizations! May 20th-26th we will be having a week of Instagram challenges—do them on your own time, snap a picture, and post with  #teentikkunpgh to create a digital community celebration! On May 27th, join us from 8-9pm for a …

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#JCCPGHVirtual: New classes – Current Events w/ Rabbi Symons; Art and Quarantine Stories w/Melissa Hiller

Lunch and Learn Current Events with JCC's Center for Loving Kindness Director Rabbi Ron Symons Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 pm This class is free and accessible to all. To register, email Rabbi Ron at [email protected] and he will send you the link to join. Join as many Lunch and Learn classes as you like. The same Zoom link applies to every class. May 12: Finding Joy Within an Historic Pandemic May 19: Census 2020 - Helpful Tips …

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CFLK: UPstander Opportunities

Here are UPstander opportunities with organizations throughout several Pittsburgh neighborhoods dedicated to serving community. Long-standing Center for Loving Kindness allies, these organizations are seeing unprecedented need and have identified ways for us to help. Because we are organizing this outreach through Project UPstanders of the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness, we encourage you to send us an email at [email protected] alerting us that you have signed up to …

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Comforting Conversations

During this time of uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus, the Center for Loving Kindness - JCC Pittsburgh presents a new series called “Comforting Conversations”. We invite you to listen and share your feelings, as members of our team talk with members of our community about topics we believe you and your family may be dealing with right now. Danis Momper - Comfort and Food Marian Lien - The Asian American …

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AJM: Passover Artwork and XOXO Activities

Melissa Hiller, Director of the American Jewish Museum, on her favorite Passover artworks   XOXO: An exhibit About Love and Forgiveness XOXO is an exhibit currently at the JCC’s American Jewish Museum. The exhibit’s hands-on activities are intended to help us process and understand different kinds of emotions…and are meant for everyone no matter our age. Since the JCC is closed, Melissa Hiller, American Jewish Museum director, shares …

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Celebrate Passover – PJ with Sheli, Virtual Seders and more

End of Passover Snack with Sheli Thursday, April 16, 4-4:20 PM     Watch on Facebook Live As we get ready to put away our matzah for another year, Sheli the Puppet and Rabbi Ron help our littlest ones learn more about safety at this time, food blessings and tzedakah. Please come for SEDER…Long Distance on Your Computer Please join Rabbi Ron Symons and friends for a 30-minute virtual Seder …

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How You Can Help

Please Help Sustain Our Important Work Even while managing unprecedented operational and financial issues resulting from the pandemic, the JCC is proud to provide and facilitate crucial, life-sustaining services and outreach across the Greater Pittsburgh region during the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, including Food Insecurity, Social Isolation, Blood Supply Shortage, Childcare, Health & Wellness. Initiatives have included: Immunization clinics Covid-19 testing Blood drives that have …

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New Dates for Blood Drives – JCC Squirrel Hill and South Hills

Vitalant is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. This includes JCC blood drive locations. While a positive antibody test does not mean that someone is immune to COVID-19, it does mean that they may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma and help people who are still recovering from coronavirus infection. Over time, antibody tests and clinical follow-up will provide the medical community with more …

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AgeWell at the JCC: Lunch Meals to Go!

NEW: ATTENTION ADULTS age 60+ AgeWell at the JCC is now accepting Senior Center registrations which will allow participation in the Meals to Go and Meals Delivered programs. Call Darlene Cridlin, LCSW @ 412-697-3517 and leave your name and phone number to begin the required registration.  Calls will be returned within one business day to answer any questions and complete your enrollment. *Please note that all other …

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Join us at #JCCPGHVirtual!

We are excited to use our digital platforms to come to you as we bring you many JCC programs VIRTUALLY! You’ll be getting group ex classes, demos from our personal trainers, lots of information from our health and wellness experts, live events and activities designed to connect and engage all ages, and information and insight from our leadership as we ride out this time together. Start your #JCCPGHVirtual …

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JCC Coronavirus Update – South Hills

Dear JCC Members, As we shared with you yesterday, we have been following the COVID-19 situation closely and awaiting directives from state and local  government officials as well as the Allegheny County Health Department. We are aware of reports of a first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Allegheny County. With this information in hand and in anticipation of a mandated closure of recreation and child care facilities …

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JCC Coronavirus Update – Squirrel Hill

Dear JCC Members, As we shared with you yesterday, we have been following the COVID-19 situation closely and awaiting directives from state and local  government officials as well as the Allegheny County Health Department. We are aware of reports of a first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Allegheny County. With this information in hand and in anticipation of a mandated closure of recreation and child care facilities …

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Partners in Torah – An Exciting Learning Experience

Partners in Torah is an exciting learning experience that allows participants to study the Torah topic of their choice. The program features both chavrusa (same-gender study partners) learning as well as mixed-gender small groups. For information or to arrange a study partner, please email Rabbi Schon at [email protected] Presented by Kulam-Pittsburgh Community Beit Midrash in Partnership with Pardes, Kollel Partners and the JCC Center for Loving Kindness.

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Bus Pass Pop Up

Staff from Rep. Dan Frankel's office will in the Palm Court to assist people who are age 65 and older to obtain the free Senior ConnectCard with your photo. To prove your age, please bring with you one of the following: Photo driver's license Birth certificate PACE ID Passport Pennsylvania ID Card The information will be sent to the downtown Port Authority Office where the ConnectCard with …

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All of Us are Pittsburghers: Immigrants, Refugees, Transplants and Yinzers – POSTPONED

POSTPONED Dear Neighbors, Thank you for your planned participation in the March 18th Big Table All of Us Are Pittsburghers: Immigrants, Refugees, Transplants and Yinzers conversation. At this time we are postponing the event. We have full confidence that we will be able to reschedule this event and look forward to your participation. For the time being, we are most concerned about the health and wellness of our communities. Wishing …

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Religious Freedom: A First Amendment Conference Follow Up

As the debate regarding religious freedom continues, we hope to strengthen the notion that we are each responsible for protecting each other’s fundamental rights through shared dialogue. Freedom of religion is an unalienable right that we share as American citizens, and it is our duty living in a democratic society to uphold and defend these rights when they are threatened. Featuring Witold “Vic” Walczak, Legal Director, …

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Hosted by The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement, Random Acts of Kindness Day seeks to strengthen the mission of the organization by encouraging community members to come together and display altruism towards their fellow neighbors. Care packages will include weather appropriate donated apparel. Care packages will be distributed to individuals in communities in critical need of proper clothing. To be a part of this …

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Community Events

Sara Pipher Gilliam: Addressing problems faced by today’s adolescent girls A Presentation of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Thursday, February 20, 7 pm Carnegie Library Lecture Hall | 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213 In 1994,Reviving Ophelia was published, and it shone a much-needed spotlight on the problems faced by adolescent girls. The book became iconic and helped to reframe the national conversation about what author Mary Pipher called “a girl-poisoning …

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Spiritual Leaders: We Have To Talk… About Census 2020

Every person counts and should be counted! Our religious traditions insist that every person counts. It is our job as spiritual leaders to make sure that every person is counted. Interfaith teachings about the value of every person Presentations by civic leaders on the ins and outs of how Census 2020 will work Important information about why all of us care about a complete count in …

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NEW Art Classes and Workshops 

AgeWell at the JCC presents two new art programs: Introduction to Watercolors & Exploring its Possibilities Robert Bowden, Instructor It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or experienced artist.  These classes will be about the basic aspects of “how to do it”. Watercolor, a sometimes daunting mixture is a unique medium. In this class, method and process will be the main focus as well as using materials to …

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All About Census 2020

Hopeful Conversation: All About Census 2020 Every person counts and should be counted! This evening will help you better understand: Interfaith teachings about the value of every person The myths, truths and logistics about Census 2020 Important information about how we are all impacted by Census 2020 Opportunities to sign up for part-time jobs to help make sure this census is a complete count Presenters will include spiritual, …

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Learn about Plant-Centered Diet

What is it, and how can it work for me? Do you keep trying diets and continue feeling unhealthy or struggle to get the weight off? Feel bloated or struggling with digestive issues? Have brain fog or a difficult time focusing? Have you heard of the term plant-based but feel too uninformed or overwhelmed to give it a try? Join us or a 45 minute workshop where you'll learn the …

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10.27 Healing Partnership

Learn about a number of healing techniques: Tai Chi Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Primary Care Holistic Healing Art Therapy Meditation Yoga Reiki Learn about the work of the 10.27 Healing Partnership Free and open to the public

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J&R Day Camp Info Session

Children welcome * Pizza lunch! Special event discount if you refer a friend who registers for Summer 2020 Learn about the benefits of sending your child to day camp Hear from current J&R parents and campers about their experience Learn about what sets J&R apart from other day camps Hear from Rachael Speck, J&R Day Camp Director, and meet other senior staff There is no obligation …

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Sadaqah/Tzedakah Day at the JCC

The JCC Center for Loving Kindness invites everyone in the community to celebrate the season by giving to refugee and immigrant families in need. The event is free and open to all. 2 to 4 pm – Ostrow Palm Court: Baby supply collection plus crafts, multi-cultural snacks and music. Collection includes: Diapers Blankets Winter clothing – new or gently used Bedding Toys   4-4:15 pm – JCC Entrance at 5738 …

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Attention JCC Members

As you may know, we are in the process of improving our membership database and online commerce through the use of new software, Traction Rec. In response to member feedback, we are initiating a change in the dates on which payments are debited from your bank accounts. To do this, we are changing payment dates for all program and membership fees. New payment dates are as follows: …

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Light – An Interfaith Celebration Through Song

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL Sing with us and shine the light as we bring our diverse faith traditions together. Join us in bringing LIGHT into the world through music. Featured artists: Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Alumni Theater Company/JCC Teens Cantor Julie Newman and Sara Stock Mayo of Tiferet Pittsburgh Stake Choir from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church Temple …

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World Kindness Day at the JCC

Please join us as we participate in World Kindness Day, a nationally celebrated movement encouraging individuals and organizations to carry out good deeds and acts of kindness. Drop by the JCC in Squirrel Hill to make bagged lunches for non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area who serve community members. We are partnering with 412 Food Rescue to carry out this act of kindness. The event will be …

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Learn about Emma Kaufmann Camp!

Info Sessions for Prospective EKC Families • Learn about the benefits of sending your child to overnight camp • Hear from current EKC parents and campers about their experience • Learn about what sets EKC apart from other overnight camps • Hear from Aaron Cantor, EKC Director • There is no obligation to register at this event Children welcome • Pizza and snacks Special event discount if you register or refer a friend who …

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JCC Maccabi Clinic

Sunday, February 9 6 – 7:30 pm Participate in a skills clinic in basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming, meet your Maccabi coaches and staff and get more information about the Maccabi games. 2020 JCC Maccabi Games: Pace University, NY • August 9-14 2020 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest: August 2-7 • San Diego, CA Contact Chris Herman at [email protected] or 412-339-5395 for more information. Learn more about the Games and ArtsFest

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Raising Resilient Teens

How parents can help kids stay healthy and get the help they need. Enjoy an informal discussion among world-class experts in adolescent mental health including: -David Brent, MD, Academic Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, STAR Center- Services for Teens at Risk, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic -Judith Cohen, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel …

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AgeWell Wellness Day

FREE and Open to the Community Discover new ways to take care of yourself and live better as you age. • Try free classes like yoga, Walk 15 and Pickleball • Free massages • Hearing testing • Fitness/health screenings • More than 30 health and wellness vendors Please register at the Centerfit Desk. Contact Marsha Mullen for more information: 412-339-5415 • [email protected]

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Blood Drives at the JCC

Blood Drives at the JCC “Mitzvah Days Blood Drive, Save Lives – Feed Families” Thursday, December 24, 9 am to 3 pm JCC Squirrel Hill and South Hills At this special blood drive you can also help the SHIM Food Bank. Vitalant, our local blood bank, will donate $5 to the SHIM (South hills Interfaith Movement) Food Bank for all who donate blood at one of the …

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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 of the JCC Irene Kaufmann Building, 5738 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill, will …

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The First Amendment for the 21st Century

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 Pittsburgh Foundation to examine First Amendment issues “grounded in our deep concern …

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Parenting in Today’s Challenging Times

Wednesday, October 16 • JCC South Hills 6:30-7:30 pm for parents of children 10 and younger 8-9 pm for parents of children 11 and older Atrium of the ECDC, 345 Kane Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15242 Thursday, October 17 • JCC Squirrel Hill 6:30-7:30 pm for parents of children 10 and younger 8-9 pm for parents of children 11 and older 10.27 Healing Partnership, Upper Level of the Kaufmann …

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High Holidays of Hope – Yom Kippur Reawakening

As we enter the Jewish High Holiday season, we express our heartfelt hopes for a year of health and wellness, moral courage and justice for all of our neighbors. Join us online for this special opportunity: A Yom Kippur Reawakening about Dismantling Anti-Semitism and Racism: From Charlottesville to Pittsburgh Monday, September 28 3-4 PM Register: ZOOM Free and open to everyone Join the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness on the holiest …

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Antisemitism, Hate and Social Responsibility

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 Memorial Museum • Dr. Peter Hayes, Professor of History and German, Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust …

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High Holidays of Hope – Rosh Hashanah

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 among tabling organizations and learn more about getting involved Special Rosh Hashanah snacks Casual attire RSVP requested …

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Grantsmanship Training Program® at the JCC

Write more successful grant proposals * Win more grant funding Getting funding for your organization’s programs can be daunting. We’re here to help! This interactive training will inspire you to participate in the entire program planning and grant proposal process. Work in teams to create and review real proposals in class. Leave with a stack of draft proposals, a network of colleagues, and 12 months of …

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Steel City Showdown – Results!

Check out results from Steel City Showdown! The first Steel City Showdown, an obstacle course race, was held at the JCC's Henry Kaufman Family Recreation Park, 100+ acres off wooded property in  Monroeville, on Sunday, September 22. The terrain of Western PA participants through hilly slopes, mixed deciduous forest and dense thickets. Participants came to conquer the course and make it you vs. you or come and play …

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JCC Participates in Summer Food Service Program

JCC to Participate in Summer Food Service Program in Squirrel Hill and Monroeville The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. General Information: This USDA program is locally administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education The program is open and available for children under the age of 18 years On Tuesdays, 2 meals will be handed out to each participant; …

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This Jewish Moment: Yossi Klein Halevi

This Jewish Moment: The Future of Israel, American Jewry & The Relationship Between Us Yossi Klein Halevi is the New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Nancy Conaway at [email protected] or 412-421-9715, ext. 115 A program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Temple Sinai

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Voices & Values: A Social Justice Sing-In

Join with neighbors as we sing our way through the desert at the end of Passover.  Our songs will reflect our shared efforts to build the beloved community. Featured artists and spiritual leaders: Noah Budin Phat ManDee with Miguel Sague, Jr and Miguel Sague III Sathya Sai Singers Jacquea Mae - 1Hood Media Cantor Julie Newman Sara Stock Mayo (The Freedom Seder and Voices and Values serve …

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Freedom Seder

For neighbors of all backgrounds to enjoy the rituals of the Passover seder with an eye towards issues of our community. Snacks will include Passover ritual foods. Conversations will be dynamic and relevant to the social challenges we face today. RSVP here by Thursday, April 24 • 5 PM

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Big Table Pittsburgh – Connect. Converse. Community.

Pittsburgh is a region that can and does thrive when we choose to care for each other.  When we give our time to converse and connect, we draw each other closer and create the power to lead our community to an even better future. Given the pace of our world, we tend to gather, mostly, for reasons that are more personal or organizational. The Big Table Pittsburgh is an opportunity …

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Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors

Just as Esther stood up against the violence of her day, so too can we STAND UP with our Muslim Neighbors against violence. Many of you have reached out to ask how we can provide support to the local Muslim community after the horrendous shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Here are several are opportunities: STAND WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY: Friday, March 22, 11:30 AM-2 PM: Attend …

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A Community Conversation on Teen Mental Health

Understanding how the world of electronics and social media impacts our children isn’t easy and is a still evolving and emerging topic. Please join us on Sunday, April 28, from 4 to 6 pm at the JCC in Squirrel Hill, for “A Community Conversation on Teen Mental Health” with Dr. Jean Twenge, who will present more of her research findings.  Twenge is a professor of psychology at …

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I Lived, We Live: What Did We Miss?

Something that is loved is never lost. –Toni Morrison (Beloved) I Lived, We Live: What Did We Miss? is a creative installation project organized by Hazelwood’s Center of Life, the Greater Hazelwood Community and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design. It’s a story about love, family and resilience. It’s a story about loss and trauma. It is about ways in which collective loss is remembered, expressed and claimed …

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Snow J Day

Snow J Days When schools are closed because of the weather, we are open! Squirrel Hill: Gym time, swim time and more, available at a moment’s notice. Please call 412-521-8010 or 412-697-3520 for details starting at 7 am. South Hills: No school, no problem! When school is canceled for inclement weather, we will conduct a J Day program. Please call the JCC, 412-278-1975, at 7 am to verify start …

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