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Do Jews in a synagogue have to arm themselves?

(translated from the original Dutch) In December 2015, Rabbi Ron Symons, director of the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh, called with representatives of various religious movements in the area. Whether they should not even get to know each other? "Because we are neighbors," Symons told them. "But also because I know for sure: there will come a time when we are all on a stage and we have to …

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On Yom Kippur, a Tree of Life shooting survivor grapples with forgiveness

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, centers on the idea of forgiveness. But what does forgiveness mean in the aftermath of a mass murder? On the first Yom Kippur after the Tree of Life synagogue shootings, what would a survivor say about forgiving the man who shot him and killed his friends? Hundreds of people -- overflowing the neat rows of chairs to sit …

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A new year’s resolution for justice at Jewish Community Center

With the long, drawn-out blasts from a shofar, or ram’s horn, more than 200 people ushered out the first day of Rosh Hashana on Monday, not with a traditional liturgy but with a practical guide to social justice at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. The JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness hosted the event at the Squirrel Hill center through programming designed to appeal to …

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From social justice to ‘slacker service’ groups offer High Holiday alternatives

Thousands of Jewish Pittsburghers forgo attending traditional synagogues on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Fortunately, there are other options.

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Daniel Tabares Wins First Annual Loving Kindness Award

Daniel Tabares, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was presented with the first Loving Kindness Award at the JCC's Annual Meeting. Read the featured article in his high school's The Eagle Eye newspaper.

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“Rabbi talks anti-Semitism, rebounding from tragedy”

An interview with Rabbi Ron Symons

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Project CommUNITY Town Hall, Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Together

PITTSBURGH — How does a community survive a devastating tragedy? From Parkland, Florida, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, tragedies are forcing neighborhoods to examine issues that divide and unite them. On April 9 at 8 p.m., WTAE Channel 4 presents A Project CommUNITY Town Hall, Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Together, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 …

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