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Izzy EzaguiWho are the Israelite Samaritans?  |  Three events!

Join us for one or all events! Benyamim Tsedaka, noted historian, author and elder in the Israelite Samaritan community, will speak on the similarities and differences between Judaism and the Israelite Samaritan religion. Today there are approximately 800 Samaritans in the world. Half live in Israel; the other half live in the West Bank.

This is a chance to learn about this distinctive and intriguing Abrahamic religious group. Three different venues...three different formats! Co-sponsored by the AJL. View the flier for complete details.

Special event with Izzy Ezagui | Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:30 - 2:30pm at the JCC

Izzy EzaguiJoin us for a special talk by Izzy Ezagui. Ezagui has a riveting story of perseverance and overcoming life's challenges. He is coming to Pittsburgh to share it Sunday, October 26 at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. An American-born member of the Israel Defense Forces, Izzy lost his dominant arm in combat on the border of Gaza in 2008 at age 19. After his rehabilitation, he took the unusual step of returning to military combat and went on to become a squad commander. President Shimon Peres honored him in 2011 as an outstanding soldier. Izzy is currently an IDF reservist. For details, view the event flier. For more information on Izzy and his story, read the coverage in the Fall/Winter Connections newsletter.

Stand with Israel: Israel Solidarity Rally | Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4pm

Stand with Israel: Israel Solidarity Rally | Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4pm   Stand in solidarity with the people of Israel and their fight against terror. Support Israel’s right to defend her citizens! Print your own rally sign to show your support at home and to bring with you! Click here for a PDF.

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and its partners for an ISRAEL SOLIDARITY RALLY Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 4 PM Darlington Road (in front of the JCC, Darlington Rd. entrance, between Murray Ave. and Wightman St.) Rain or Shine. View the event on Facebook and RSVP!

  • Special appearances by local community, civic, and religious leaders;
  • A message from our Karmiel/Misgav Partnership2Gether region;
  • Moments of prayer for all those affected, including Pittsburgh families directly impacted by the conflict;
  • A special treat from our friends at Rita's Italian Ice.

See you there!

Synagogue Sustainability Symposium | Sunday, June 22, 2014
12:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Synagogue Sustainability Symposium is for congregational leadership to explore sustainability processes for synagogue growth that are looking for methods of growth and development to help secure their future. Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

Hebrew Ulpan: Israeli-Style Hebrew Ulpan, Summer 2014 with the Agency for Jewish Learning
June 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 6 - 9 p.m.; June 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Going to Israel this summer? Want to brush up on your Hebrew? Join us for an Israeli-style Hebrew Ulpan! 19 hours of Hebrew for new and continuing students in six days of engaging and joyful study for adults and families, in small classes with experienced faculty and impressive results. View the course flyer   |   Register online


  • June 3, 2014 ~ 6 Sivan 5774  |  Tikkun Leil Shavuot, 10pm - 1amPittsburgh Community-Wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot | June 3, 2014 ~ 6 Sivan 5774

    Join us for the 6th annual community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot program at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Free and open to the community! The evening features three hours of study, from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am, with several classes to choose from during each hour.  View the schedule of this year's classes or view the complete flier

    Learn with a multi-denominational variety of rabbis and scholars from across our community! Bring our Pittsburgh community into a true K’lal Yisrael center of learning. Light dairy and parve refreshments between classes.

    New this year: Teen Tikkun - Classes at 10 and 11 for teens! View flier

  • June 1, 2014 | AJL Annual Meeting and Unsung Jewish Heroes TributeUnsung Jewish Heroes 2014

    By kindling their students’ love of learning, the Unsung Jewish Heroes awardees ensure a vibrant and thriving future for our community. It is the teachers and dedicated volunteers in our Jewish educational institutions who provide our children with the foundation they need to build a righteous world. We are grateful for these devoted educators in our day schools, early childhood centers, and synagogue religious schools, and we thank each one for their dedication to Jewish learning and building Jewish life in Pittsburgh. See who this year’s Heroes are!

    View photos from the event  |  View the tribute book