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High Holidays of Hope – Yom Kippur Reawakening

September 28, 2020

3-4 pm

As we enter the Jewish High Holiday season, we express our heartfelt hopes for a year of health and wellness, moral courage and justice for all of our neighbors.

Join us online for this special opportunity:
A Yom Kippur Reawakening about Dismantling Anti-Semitism and Racism: From Charlottesville to Pittsburgh

Monday, September 28

3-4 PM

Register: ZOOM

Free and open to everyone

Join the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness on the holiest day of the Jewish year to reflect on the moral impact of racism and Anti-Semitism in Charlottesville VA, Pittsburgh, and our country.

Charlottesville’s 2017 Unite the Right white supremacist rally was an alarming omen for the increase in extremism and violent acts perpetrated in communities and neighborhoods across the country. It was also a flashpoint event that re-awakened Charlottesville’s Jewish community to reflect individually and collectively on connecting to their Jewish heritage and to their roles in undoing racism.

Our event features the screening of Reawakening, the powerful documentary short about the Charlottesville Jewish community’s response to the rally, followed by conversations inspired by the film guided by Center for Loving Kindness’s Rabbi Ron Symons and Melissa Hiller. We’ll reflect on ways our personal experiences in the face of violence can lead to transformational actions and what we can do right here, right now in Pittsburgh as we welcome the Jewish new year with renewed commitment to racial justice. We will also mourn together, in a Yizkor prayer, all of the losses we have experienced this year.


  • Rev. Paul Abernathy, Neighborhood Resilience Project
  • Maggie Feinstein, 10.27 Healing Partnership Director
  • Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Kesher Pittsburgh
  • Alexandra Horowitz, Reawakening filmmaker
  • Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin, Sixth and I, and formerly of Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville
  • Sara Stock Mayo, Kesher Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Jane Walsh, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

For more information: Rabbi Ron Symons, 412-697-3235

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