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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. Rabbi Ron Symons talks with Mike Clark of WTAE: How Much …

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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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Passover Through Art, Jewish Values and Loving Kindness

Join Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller from the JCC PGH Center for Loving Kindness in a dynamic exploration of Passover art, Jewish values and loving kindness.  In this celebratory season, when many of us are accustomed to sitting at large tables with family, friends, food and tradition, this year’s Passover Seder experience will be more quiet for all of us.  That being said, just as …

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How You Can Help

Please Help Sustain Our Important Work In the past week, the JCC Began the first of 9 blood drives at our facilities Gave out 710 Meals to Go to seniors Facilitated 650 wellness check-in phone calls to isolated seniors Provided a robust schedule of virtual programming online For us to continue supporting your community and providing necessary resources, and to ensure the future of the JCC, we need your help. The JCC is incurring substantial …

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Blood Drives – JCC Squirrel Hill and South Hills

The JCC with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is hosting drives for desperately needed blood donations in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities in controlled and safe environments following CDC and Allegheny County guidelines. JCC Squirrel Hill 10 am-4 pm Wednesdays: March 25, April 1, April 8 Fridays: March 27, April 3, April 10 JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Darlington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 JCC South Hills 10 …

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AgeWell at the JCC: Lunch Meals to Go!

During the suspension of regular services at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, AgeWell at the JCC is pleased to offer Lunch Meals to Go for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program.* The meals are freshly made and are kosher. Meal pickups will be drive-through only, between 11 am and 2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at the Darlington entrance of the JCC Kaufmann Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill, beginning …

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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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A Social Justice Sing-In

Raise your voices, lift your spirits Free and Open to All Join us to experience the uplifting power of music, celebrated with leaders from different communities. We will come together to sing from our hearts and be strengthened by our neighbors’ voices. • Songs about freedom and peace. • Community Band accompaniment. All are welcome to bring your instruments • Post-Passover snacks Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 14 at 5 pm HERE JCC Center for …

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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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Community Blood Drives at the JCC

In honor of the victims and the first responders of the October 27, 2018, shooting at the Tree of Life building, the JCC will host community blood drives at our Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations. Squirrel Hill: 12 to 4 pm, Robinson Building, 5738 Darlington Road. South Hills: 12 to 4 pm, 345 Kane Blvd. off Bower Hill Road, Scott Township. For information about the Blood Drives and …

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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

Free and open to everyone For more information: Rabbi Ron Symons, 412-697-3235 Yom Kippur: Forgiveness and Repentance Wednesday, October 9 • 3-4:30 PM JCC of Greater Pittsburgh - Katz Performing Arts Center 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill Gather on the holiest day of the year to explore the role that forgiveness and repentance have in our daily lives and in light of traumatic circumstances. Our conversation features: Engage in guided conversations with neighbors …

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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

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is participating in the Summer Food Service Program in Squirrel Hill and Monroeville. Kosher and kosher-style meals will be provided to all children, ages 18 and under, without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal …

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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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Emergency Food Drive

We're collecting donations for JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry in preparation for increased demand due to the government shutdown, which has furloughed workers without pay and is expected to impact food stamp (SNAP) benefits as early as next month. Donations requests include: 1. Cash donations - so we can buy food in bulk 2. Nonperishable food items 3. Grocery gift cards Information to make any donation is listed here: jfcspgh.org/fooddrive Checks can …

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Movies We Have To Talk About: Dear White People

Join with your Pittsburgh neighbors at the JCC for a Movie, Conversation & Snacks 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. Thursday, April 11 • 6:30 PM Center of Life, 161 Hazelwood Avenue • …

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JCC Big Night: Havana Nights

Co- Chairs: Geri & Steven Recht and Rachel Firestone & Jason Binder Presenting Sponsor: PNC Bank Proceeds benefit the JCC Scholarship Fund Savor the Sultry Romance of Havana Get with the beat of the JCC's 14th annual Big Night - Havana Nights - our sizzling hot celebration supporting the JCC's annual scholarship fund! Big Night is the JCC’s biggest fundraising event, supporting scholarships that enable individuals of all backgrounds, abilities, …

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Community Conversation: Anti-Semitism in America

In response to the horrific events at Tree of Life on October 27, 2018, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is convening a community conversation on anti-Semitism in America and the implications for the future of American Jews and the Pittsburgh community. Moderator: David Shribman, Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Featured Panelists: Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Rabbi at Tree of Life *Or L’Simcha Congregation Joshua Sayles, Director of Community Relations, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Dr. Kathleen …

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Resilience: Learn to Harness Your Inner Strength

These are important topics that you often hear about, and they may be affecting your life. To help you learn more about these issues and how you can deal with them, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is collaborating with WorkPartners, a branch of the UPMC Insurance Services Division focused on health and productivity solutions for high-performing companies and local communities, to host several …

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Mamma Mia!

PHILIP CHOSKY PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM PRESENTS Richard E. Rauh Senior High Musical 2020 Directed by Jill Machen Show Dates Thursday, February 13 7:30 PM Saturday, February 15 8:00 PM Sunday, February 16 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 19 7:30 PM Thursday, February 20 7:30 PM Saturday, February 22 8:00 PM FOR TICKETS: Call 412-697-3518 $12/Reserved Seats Available until February 6 $10/General $8/Students & Seniors Available in advance: Purchase ONLINE Centerfit Desk, lower level, Kaufmann Building The Second …

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Environmental Challenges from Fossil Fuel Extraction

Protecting Our Communities: Environmental Challenges from Fossil Fuel Extraction in SWPA • 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 …

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Chanukah at the JCC!

Learn more: All about the Chanukah Menorah - an Infographic Light the Menorah with us! Monday-Friday, December 3-7 J Cafe, 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill, 11:30 am Clubhouse, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill, 4:30 pm Special Events in Squirrel Hill Sunday, December 2, 3:30-5 pm Free Family Holiday Camp: Latke Make & Take JCC Robinson Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill, Lower Level Open to all families - Please register HERE Celebrate the first night …

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Virtual 5K Run/Walk To Benefit JCC

Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2018, & Sunday, November 11, 2018, for a virtual 5K run/walk established to raise funds for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. (**NOTE: We have added Sunday, Nov. 11 as a participation option in order to allow time for those who observe Shabbat.) Or Join us at the JCC on Sunday, November 11 Walkers leave at 9:30 am Runners leave at 10 am Meet at the …

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#VoteTogether

Let's #VoteTogether and get to the polls! We are partnering with #VoteTogether and be sure to vote in today's election. Here are some resources to help you prepare: The Incline has created a comprehensive guide to vote in PA, click here to read. If you need a ride to the polls:   Uber is offering $10 off a ride to the polls. Just use the promo code VOTE2018 and request a ride …

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Do you need somebody to talk to?

In the wake of last weekend's tragedy, Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), in concert with our partners in the Jewish community, has organized counseling for anyone in the community. JFCS has long been a critical community resource for counseling services. "Trauma manifests itself in different people different ways and in different times," says Stefanie Small, Director of Counseling Services at JFCS, "so people should take …

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Clergy Coffee “We Have to Talk”

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” Thank you for standing up for love at Saturday’s vigil and for the messages of care and support you …

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How Can We Help You Help Your Family?

TODAY: How Can We Help You Help Your Family? A Discussion Thursday, November 1 • 5:30-6:30 pm: Parents of children in Kindergarten to grade 6 • 6:45-8 pm: Teens and/or parents of teens JCC Levinson Auditorium, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill For more information: Rabbi Ron Symons, 412-697-3235,  [email protected]

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Bernstein: The Provocateur

BERNSTEIN: The Provocateur Nov 10 & 11 at the Katz Performing Arts Center, JCC, 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 …

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Each and Every: Photography Exhibit

Through December 2019 Each and Every explores the power of six Pittsburgh-based organizations that are each and every day making our corner of the world a better place to live in. The essence of the exhibition is exploring the human need of our neighbors and celebrating the work of dedicated residents who are changing our community. The featured organizations, as well as so many others throughout the region, …

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Hopeful Responses to Addiction

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 …

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Becoming American

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 …

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J-FEST on Darlington

J-Fest on Darlington is for the teens, by the teens! The second year of this FREE street festival in Squirrel Hill is changing the game of celebrating Jewish teens in Pittsburgh with tons of activities like: - Steelers on the BIG SCREEN watch party & tailgate outside - Live DJ & Photobooth - 100% Kosher food & a sno-cone truck - Community service projects - Carnival games - Gaga You'll have to register …

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Come Play @ the Park with Schmooze and Sing and PJ Library

Free and open to the community—bring a friend! Due to inclement weather, this event has been relocated indoors in our Family Place space at the Squirrel Hill JCC. Thursday, October 11, 10-11:30 AM Join the JCC at our pop-up for fun at the park with your family— snacks, story time, fun and bubbles! 10-10:30 AM  -  PJ Library story time 10:30-10:45 AM - Tiny Tot sports 10:45-11 AM - Snack time—coffee, …

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Shabbat on the Ark

Grab your favorite stuffed animal and board the Family Holiday Camp Ark for a special Shabbat morning. Crafts, activities and Torah will help us tell the story of Noah and his ark as we travel the Three Rivers. For Families with Children up to Age 12. Dairy breakfast will be served. $20 per family (up to 6 members) • Space is limited. Questions and RSVP by October 5 …

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What Squirrel Hill Can Learn from Chicago’s West Rogers Park

Howard Rieger and Beverly Siegel to Present What Squirrel Hill Can Learn from Chicago's West Rogers Park In the Aftermath of October 27, at Squirrel Hill JCC on Thursday, Feb. 21 What Squirrel Hill Can Learn from Chicago’s West Rogers Park In the Aftermath of October 27, a program in support of neighborhood preservation and development, will be presented by Howard Rieger and Beverly Siegel at 7:30 p.m. …

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Town Square Renovation: Construction Update

Town Square Construction Update Monday, June 3-Sunday, June 9: Forbes Ave entrance re-opens (swipe in) Darlington entrance closed Garage entrance remains open Monday, June 10 All entrances open!   Forbes Corridor Arch is removed - January 29, 2019 Palm Court is open! - January 11, 2019 Construction now is focused on the Forbes Avenue corridor. Both Forbes and Darlington entrances remain open.   Darlington Entrance is open! - December 17, 2019 We are excited …

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Middle School Musical: Fiddler on the Roof!

Philip Chosky Performing Arts Program JCC Middle School Musical 2019 - Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Delilah Picart, Director Kathy Wayne, Choreographer Elizabeth Lawrence, Music Director Performance Dates Wednesday, December 11..........................7 pm Thursday, December 12...............................7 pm Saturday, December 14 .........................7:30 pm Sunday, December 15................................. 2 pm Tickets: General admission: $8/adults; $6/seniors (65+) and students. Purchase tickets ONLINE or call 412-339-5395 For more information, contact Kathy Wayne, 412-339-5414 

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When We All Vote Rally

SPECIAL GUESTS: Actor Tom Hanks, Jim Rooney, James Conner & Kiya Tomlin FREE and open to all! RSVP: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/whenweallvote/event/8851/  

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Adult Learning for the Wondering Jew

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 Melton offers a comprehensive program of discussion and text study led by superb instructors. Engage with Judaism fully in a way that you never have before. You will explore central ideas that inform our daily, weekly and annual rituals …

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South Hills Healthy Living

A BLUEPRINT FOR TOMORROW: THE HOWS AND WHYS OF A PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE South Hills JCC, 345 Kane Boulevard, 15243 “Plant-Based Diets: A Jewish Imperative for Our Time” Thursday, September 27 • 7:00 p.m. Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of Jewish Veg, will demonstrate the connection between animal-free diets and Judaism. “Plant-Based Diets for a Healthier Family” Thursday, October 18 • 7:00 p.m. Dr. Keith Somers, a pediatrician & co-founder of One World Eating, …

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Squirrel Hill Pool and Men’s Centerfit Platinum Closing

Please be advised that on Wednesday, October 17, the JCC Squirrel Hill Pool and Men’s Centerfit Platinum locker room will be closed all day for a special rental that we have agreed to as a community partner, the making of a movie about everyone’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers. If you have a personal locker and are planning on working out on October 17, please remember to …

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Free Spartan Strong Workout

Challenge your mind and train your body during this special 2 hours program at the JCC South Hills. The all-new Spartan Strong Workout Tour led by top Spartan Coaches is built upon the 5 phases of the Spartan Strong group fitness class. Our trained Coaches will lead you through an innovative combination of high-intensity resistance training, bodyweight moves, dynamic stretching, and cardio-focused drills to increase strength, …

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Join us for some stress relief!

Stressed out about the news? Join us for some stress relief! FREE and Open to All Listen to these 10-minute presentations and take-home coping tips ●You, your relationships and the 24 hour news cycle - Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW, Squirrel Hill Psychological Services ●How to keep your social media without losing your sanity - Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, …

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Paintings of the Cosmos by Jerry Segal

I am but dust and ashes, for my sake the world was created American Jewish Museum • May 14-July 29, 2018 Artist reception: Wednesday, May 30 • 6–8 PM • Free and open to all JCC Kaufmann Building • 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill I am but dust and ashes, for my sake the world was created includes recent large-scale paintings by Segal. His compositions, derived from NASA’s Hubble …

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Featured Class: Fitness Foundations

Looking to be “just like Jen”? For those of you who have been inspired by our fitness blogger Jen Goldston, and for anyone who wants to kickstart their journey to a healthier self, this small group training is for you! Led by Michael Kroll, JCC Personal Trainer Fitness Foundations- June 5-28 at the JCC Squirrel Hill Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-12:45 pm $150 platinum • $165 general Maximum of 8 participants For …

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Family BBQ and Concert

  Join us to celebrate the start of summer with a kosher barbecue lunch, swimming (weather permitting), crafts, basketball, mini-golf and a concert by Jewish Rock Radio’s own Rick Recht. Questions and RSVP to Katie Whitlatch, [email protected] or 412-697-3540

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Families: Things to do this weekend at the JCC

Squirrel Hill Cecile Goldberg Levine Family Open Gym: ages 1-5 Play in the gym with balls, bikes and other equipment. Sunday, 10-11:30 am Kaufmann Gym at the JCC in Squirrel Hill No fee; no registration required Learn more: Sports & Recreation (SQ) Pools - Learn more: Aquatics Squirrel Hill Small (training) pool open: Saturday: 8 am-6 pm Sunday: 8-9 am & 12-4 pm Lap pool open: Saturday: 8 am-6 pm Sunday: 7:45 am-4 pm: some or …

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Write Your Own Ethical Will

Let me write this down...before I forget to tell you: Writing what we believe for the next generation As we journey through life, values become all the more important to us. As we look at the next generation, we hope that they understand our values and live them out beyond our days. After three evenings of discussion and learning, you will be able to write your own …

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

A night of Jewish Learning  Free & Open to the Community Saturday, June 8,  10 pm - Sunday, June 9, 1 am For more info: https://jewishpgh.org/event/tikkun-leil-shavuot/ Contact: Jan Barkley, 412-697-6656 or [email protected]  

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The Book of Ruth – The First Community-Wide Shavuot Shpiel

From the creators of Hadassah - a Persian musical. Music from The Book of Mormon. "The best Shavuot Shpiel of the Common Era." All tickets benefit JFCS Refugee and Immigrant Services and the JCC of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. Tickets: $12/adult, $6/child at RuthMusical.Eventbrite.com Created by Elinor S. Nathanson and Sara Stock Mayo. ShpielBurgh Productions, LLC This production is supported in part by JCC Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness …

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Allderdice Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Free and open to the public. Ceremony begins promptly at 7:00pm • Reception immediately following 2018 Inductees: Devra Davis, PhD, MPH ‘64 Public Health Scientist Environmental health researcher and author Brenda Ekwurzel, PhD, MS ‘81 Climate Scientist Leader of climate science education and author Michael Himelstein ‘72 Composer and Songwriter Emmy nominated composer, lyricist, and producer Tereneh (Mosley)Idia, MS ‘87 Fashion Designer Fashion designer who brings together environmentally sustainable practices with indigenous community artisans Jackson Wright, MD, PhD ‘62 Professor …

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The Forbidden Conversation

The Forbidden Conversation Written and performed by Gili Getz A personal journey into the past and future, exploring the difficult of talking openly about Israel. A one-act play followed by a conversation. “At a time when, for American Jews, talking about Israel is so fraught and contentious Gili Getz’s Forbidden Conversation actually facilitates the conversation. His deft, rich and gripping portrayal of the difficulties in discussing Israel promises to make such …

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EKC’s Tush Push

What is EKC's Tush Push? The amphitheater is the core of Jewish life at Emma Kaufmann Camp. This picturesque outdoor sanctuary is where we hold Shabbat services, our weekly camp talent show and our weekly Jewish education activities. We’ve made so many improvements over the years to preserve the future of EKC—building the Wolf Aquatics Center, updating the dining hall and adding bathrooms to all the cabins. Now, we need …

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Meet the Candidates

South Hills Coffee and Conversations:  Meet the candidates for the U.S. 17th Congressional District at the South Hills JCC Congressman Conor Lamb (D): Monday, October 8 - 7 pm Register: southhillsjewishpittsburgh.org/lamb FREE and open to the entire community. Please note: These events are "off the record" and closed to the media. No video or audio recording.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s 70th Independence Day

Community-wide Celebration (Weather permitting, activities will occur outdoors) FREE Admission * Dietary laws observed Play, Dance, Sing, Eat and Celebrate Israel with the community! Jam to Israeli hits and enjoy a live dance performance. Help paint our Israel mural to be gifted to our Partnership2Gether regions of Karmiel and Misgav. In order to provide an environment of mutual respect, we ask that no displays of signs, posters or any other …

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Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day Service

תשע”ט Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Ceremony will begin promptly at 8:00 pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early to take your seat. FREE Admission Honoring soldiers who gave their lives in the defense of the State of Israel and victims of terrorist attacks. For more information or for special accommodations contact Marlene Layton at 412.992.5247 or [email protected]

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Voices & Values: A Social Justice Sing-In

Please join us - Your neighbors and community To sing songs of protest and social justice FREE and Open to All Featuring Jewish Rock Musician Dan Nichols, Jazz Musician Phat Man Dee, Cantor Julie Newman; Spiritual Leader Sara Stock Mayo; Rabbi Ron Symons and more. At a time when our country is experiencing great divisions, we will join with leaders from different communities to sing from our hearts and be strengthened …

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Spring Basketball Shootout Tournament

Beginning March 8 and running through Sunday, March 18, the JCC Basketball program is hosting a Spring Shootout Tournament. This event brings 35 teams from 25 different public schools, private schools and community groups from across the Pittsburgh area to the JCC over the course of a week and a half. Spring Basketball Shootout Master Schedule Gym Schedule (3.12.18) For info, contact Jeremy Kelley at [email protected]

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Faithful Responses to Gun Violence: A Pittsburgh Conversation

An interfaith evening of inspiration and conversation with neighbors, clergy, public officials and those impacted by gun violence. Open to people of all faiths and hope no matter your background. Find common ground through the teachings of our faith traditions Hear first-person stories and expert testimonies Listen to your neighbors and share your perspectives through Table Talk Connect and get involved in local organizations working to …

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JCC Camps FREE Family Fun Fest

Bowling, laser tag, games, snacks Meet the camp directors Register for a JCC summer camp 2019 at the event and save!* *Early Bird rates end February 28 For more information: Katie Whitlatch - [email protected] or 412-697-3540

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South Hills Celebrates Israel

Join the entire South Hills Jewish Community in celebrating Israel’s 70’s birthday! A falafel bar, hot dogs, salad, drinks, etc. Israel Walk with PJ Library Israeli-themed crafts Face Painting Live DJ Special performances by Israeli Dancers from Karmiel/Misgav and the South Hills Shalom Singers Community Choir FREE and open to the entire community! RSVP: southhillsjewishpittsburgh.org/Israel Sponsoring Partners: South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Shul, JCC South Hills Day Camp, J …

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Lifestyle, Brain Health and Aging

Room 202 • No fee • Refreshments will be served Michael J. Zigmond, PhD Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Several aspects of our lifestyle have a strong influence on the impact of aging on our cognitive and motor function. These lifestyle variables include exercise, stress, social interactions, and sleep. In this presentation, Dr. Zigmond will examine each of these variables, explaining how they affect aging …

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Creative Mornings – Gab Bonesso

Hosted at Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Tickets and info: https://creativemornings.com/talks/gab-bonesso Gab Bonesso is an award-winning standup comedian, columnist, actress and children’s performer. She has won the title “Best Comedian in Pittsburgh” three times. Twice voted by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper and once voted by the readers of Pgh Magazine. Gab is credited for pioneering the Alternative Comedy scene in Pgh and in 2012 she …

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Dance Open House – South Hills

FREE and Open to the Community Tap • Show Tunes • Line Dance classes for adults of all ages and abilities Sample our classes • Meet our instructors Light refreshments will be served Class schedule: 5:30-6:15 pm Beginner and Intermediate Tap 6:15-6:45 pm Show Tunes 6:45-7:30 pm Line Dance For questions, Elaine Cappucci, 412-446-4773, [email protected] \

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Big Night: Kick off Your Boots!

Big Night: Kick Off Your Boots Co-Chairs: Elyse and Marty Eichner Lauren and Jason Kushner DRINKS, DINNER & DANCING 7:30 pm * Saturday, March 3, 2018 * JCC, Squirrel Hill Learn more Purchase Event Tickets Purchase Raffle Tickets Preview the Silent Auction

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9 Things to Do at the JCC South Hills

There are so many ways to enjoy the South Hills JCC. Here are some ideas:

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