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Mother’s Day WINE WALK

Mother's Day Wine Walk Saturday, May 8, 2021 Rain Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 Join Uncover Squirrel Hill for our Annual Mother's Day Wine Walk: self-paced wine tasting experience. The Wine Walk will take place in the Squirrel Hill Business District located on Forbes and Murray Aves in the heart of Squirrel Hill. Enjoy approximately 15 different wines and exclusive discounts at participating host Merchants. Advance tickets are required. Tickets …

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Spartan Workout Tour Coming to Family Park!

GET HYPED, PITTSBURGH! We're officially bringing The Spartan Workout Tour straight to you. This INTENSE badass 90-minute workout is perfect for all levels of athletes, from fitness newbies to Spartan Pros. The Spartan Workout Tour in Pittsburgh will be a one-time experience at the JCC's Family Park in Monroeville. Registration is limited to 14 year olds and up. You'll work up a serious sweat with Spartan SGX Coaches, learn new fitness …

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Skills for Bridging the Divide

            Skills for Bridging the Divide A special invitation for our neighbors in Pittsburgh and SWPA Monday, April 19, 2021, 7- 9 pm Via Zoom - Register HERE Our country has become increasingly polarized over political issues recently. This FREE workshop will teach you strategies for both listening and speaking with people who have differing political opinions - but not to try to change anyone's mind. You will learn and …

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JCC Association presents: Days of Memory – From Commemoration to Celebration

Join @JCCAssociationofNorthAmerica and @VirtualJCC on April 7, April 13, and April 14 for “Days of Memory: From Commemoration to Celebration,” a free signature, three-night viewing experience featuring exclusive content created by JCCs across the continent for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut. This flagship program series to mark these Israeli holidays uses storytelling, first-person accounts, music, and more to explore how telling and retelling is shaped …

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Squirrel Hill: GRAND PANDEMIC LITTER CLEAN UP

MAKE SQUIRREL HILL COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC LOOKING FRESH AND CLEAN! April 18-24, 2021 In lieu of a large gathering for our usual annual Community Clean up, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Litter Patrol invites you, your family, and friends to remove litter from a block of your choosing.  Choose a block where you live, a block in your favorite park, the block where you walk …

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Our Right to Clean Air – Resident led Town Hall

We Pittsburghers take pride in living in the “city that reinvented itself.” Gone are the days of “Smoky City,” where street lights had to be turned on at noon. Now it’s a city defined by its service sector, high-tech and start-ups and ­it’s a university town with world-class healthcare. It is one of the “Best Places to Live in America,” according to oft-cited PR. But while …

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A Time To Remember: A Passover Yizkor for all of our Losses

The past year has been filled with many types of losses: life, work, finances, learning, innocence, autonomy… As Passover draws to a close, we will gather in this contemporary opportunity to be reminded of our losses this year and to remember our loved ones who died in years past.  You are welcome to light your Yizkor Candle as we begin our time together. Geraldine Massey (The …

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A Passover Dinner Party

  A window into Jewish culture – A mirror reflecting Sikhism, Christianity, Islam and so much more Friday, March 26, 5 – 6 PM EDT Join Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller with their guests for a brief dinner party with our special guests: Valarie Kaur, Author – See No Stranger; Founder, The Revolutionary Love Project Imam Hamza Perez – A-NE Center at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh; …

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SQ Specialty Camps: SUPER SUNDAY SAMPLER

Sunday, March 21, 12 - 4 pm * JCC Squirrel Hill Robinson Gym by appointment only CLICK HERE TO REGISTER To ensure the health and safety of our families and staff, the following Covid-19 protocols will be strictly enforced: All attendees must wear a mask Social distancing between families will be enforced All attendees will be required to complete a verbal health screening and temperature check prior to …

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Spring Program Guide is Here!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!! * SWIM * DANCE * SPORTS * FITNESS * SUMMER CAMP * PERSONAL TRAINING * VIRTUAL JCCPGH  Check it all out: Squirrel Hill Spring Programs South Hills Spring Programs

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It’s Member Appreciation Week!

Improving Your JCC Experience & Enhancing Safety and Security  General Locker Room Showers open March 15! All Week, Specials Just for YOU! Free giveaways Personal Training Sale: Buy 6 ½ hour sessions, get 3 free! New and returning members get a 10% discount off their membership fee Biggest Influencer Contest: Join our JCC Pittsburgh Fitness Facebook group and tag your sweaty selfie with #jccpghsweatyselfie to be entered …

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Upstreet Garage Gallery Exhibit

A Pop Up Poster Project Businesses and Artists Partnering up to Spread Messages of Healing, Friendship and Love Sunday, March 7, 2-4 pm Free to the Public Masks & Social Distancing Contact: 1027healingpartnership.org 412-697-3534 JCC Early Childhood Development Center children participated in the Upstreet Garage Gallery Exhibit. A sampling of their work:

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Reserve Your Gym Time!

The JCC basketball courts are open for scheduled gym time.  Please follow these steps to schedule a 50 minute time slot for up to 5 people in your household: Email [email protected] for your initial gym time scheduling Verify that the email address that the JCC has for you and the email address you use to schedule your gym time on MINDBODY are the same. If …

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A Conversation with Disability Advocacy & Inclusion Leader Matan Koch

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is co-hosting an exciting event with Jewish Residential Services to celebrate the month. Please join us for a conversation with longtime national disability advocacy and inclusion expert Matan Koch, the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership, on Wednesday, February 24 from 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom. Matan will share a …

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JCC Association Programs for Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month

The JCC Association, continuing its ongoing commitment to inclusion efforts throughout the JCC Movement, presents the next program for Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month on February 18 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. A Dream Never Dreamed: Kalman Samuels Shares a Story of Hope, Courage, and Leadership Register Here Host and Moderator: Lisa Brill, JCC Association board member and vice chair Guest Speaker: Kalman Samuels, author and founder of Shalva Interviewer: Doron Krakow, president and CEO, …

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Purim Carnival To Go!

The Snyder Family Purim Carnival Purim Carnival to Go! Though we may not be able to gather for our annual blow-out Purim extravaganza at the JCC in person, we have created a carnival experience that you can do in your home! Play carnival games, do Purim arts and crafts, and retell the Purim story with your family.  And don't forget the Hamantaschen! Post pictures of your Purim Air adventures …

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Virtual J Presents: Inside the Instagrammable Life @ Girl with No Job

Claudia Oshry aka @GirlWithNoJob is Insta-famous for her hilarious viral social content that’s amassed her a following of over 3 million people. On February 8, she joins us to discuss her new book, a behind-the-scenes look at her journey to becoming an Instagram sensation, as well as share her connection with Judaism and its role in her marriage with Ben Soffer aka @BoyWithNoJob. Moderated by Toronto-based …

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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 Debby Irving’s Waking Up White And Finding Myself in the Story of Race Thursday, February 11, 7 pm 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 …

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VSA Presents: Memory Training Program

Memory Training Program Fridays • 1-3 pm March 12-April 2 This innovative, research-based program for adults age 60+ focuses on strategies that develop good memory habits and techniques to improve memory. It targets the most common memory complaints: • Forgetting names and faces • Forgetting to do things in the future • Keeping an appointment • Passing on a phone message • Forgetting why you walked into a room • Forgetting where you put …

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Take the Age-Friendly Survey!

AARP and Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh want to hear from you about ways to make our region a better place to live. AgeWell Pittsburgh is a partner of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, an initiative dedicated to making our region more inclusive and respectful of all ages. From now to March 15, Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh will be surveying Allegheny County residents ages 45 and older to learn more about our …

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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 Hamantaschen and Purim Players Friday, …

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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

Wednesday, March 17 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 Senior Center is Open for 1:1 In Person Appointments

JCC Senior Center is Open for 1:1 In Person Appointments 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 March 15, 2021, 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 Instructions will be given to …

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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: Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., A Funny Thing Happened... Sun. Apr 25, 2021 | 8 pm   Details and Registration info: 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, April 18 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. By Phone: 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. 1-1 In Person: WHEN: Hours …

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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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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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