About Us

 

South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh (SHJP) is the community engagement division of the South Hills JCC.  We strive to create a vibrant, interconnected, inspired, and engaged South Hills Jewish Community.

SHJP connects the more than 10,000 South Hills Jewish individuals and their families with each other, the JCC, synagogues, and other community agencies. Through innovative programming, community grants, social media and other communication platforms, SHJP creates opportunities for South Hills Jews to become more engaged and to do “more Jewish together.”

Since its inception in July 2014, SHJP has produced and participated in more than 250 individual events and activities, collectively engaging more than 20,000 South Hills Jewish community members through cultural, educational, social, political, and Jewish holiday activities across all denominational, age, and demographic groups. A partial list of South Hills community programming includes:

  • South Hills Nosh & Know with Rabbi Danny Schiff at The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh in Mt. Lebanon. Entering its third year with Jewish Federation Foundation Scholar Rabbi Danny Schiff (in partnership with Beth El Congregation, The Carnegie Shul, Jewish Community Foundation of Pittsburgh, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh,  South Hills JCC, and Temple Emanuel). This year’s dates are Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14. Registration will open in mid-August.
  • South Hills Chanukah Celebration at the South Hills JCC. Featuring candle lighting, face-painting, music, latkes, and more, the event is attended by more than 200 annually (presented in partnership with the Beth El, The Carnegie Shul, Chabad of the South Hills, JCC South Hills, PJ Library, and Temple Emanuel). This year’s event is Saturday night, December 8. Registration will open in October.
  • South Hills Purim Carnival at the South Hills JCC. This annual celebration draws more than 400-500 with food, games, and prizes (in partnership with Beth El Congregation, The Carnegie Shul, Chabad of the South Hills, JCC Pittsburgh, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, PJ Library, and Temple Emanuel). This year’s event is Sunday, March 17, 2019. Registration will open in January, 2019.
  • South Hills Celebrates Israel is our annual celebration of Israel’s Independence Day/Yom Ha’Zmaut. (In partnership with  Beth El Congregation, The Carnegie Shul, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, PJ Library, South Hills JCC Day Camp, J Line South Hills, and Temple Emanuel). This year’s event is Monday, May 6, 2019. Registration will open in February, 2019.

South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh has underwritten and sponsored a large number of community events and activities through our grant program and also provides marketing, communications, and promotional support for our partners and their South Hills programs/events.  Some of the activities in the past year include:

  • An Evening with Rabbi Telushkin (5/10/18) at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater. Over 300 attended the program, in partnership with Temple Emanuel.
  • JLine South Hills takes place on Wednesdays, September-April, at Temple Emanuel and Beth El Congregation. JLine South Hills empowers teens to embrace their Jewish identity, grapple with challenging life questions and improve the world (presented in partnership with Beth El Congregation, JCC Pittsburgh, and Temple Emanuel).
  • South Hills Jewish Genetic Partnership presents testing and educational opportunities in partnership with JGenes Pittsburgh, Beth El, The Carnegie Shul, JCC, and Temple Emanuel.
  • Community Chanukah Celebrations including “South Hills Chanukah Lights” (in partnership with Chabad of the South Hills) and the “South Hills Teen Chanukah Party” (presented in partnership with BBYO, JLine South Hills, Young Judaea, NFTY, USY).
  • South Hills Town Hall Meetings  addressing where we are as a community and where we would like to be in the coming year (in partnership with Beth El Congregation, The Carnegie Shul, Chabad of the South Hills, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, JCC Pittsburgh, and Temple Emanuel of South Hills)
  • South Hills Coffee and Conversations are political forums which allow community members to meet candidates of all parties in local U.S. Congressional races, presented in partnership with JCC South Hills, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Pittsburgh, The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement and Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh JFilm Festival in the South Hills screen 2-3 movies annually as part of the regional film festival (presented in partnership with Film Pittsburgh).
  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenburg, in partnership with the Carnegie Shul, over 200 community members attended the documentary screened at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. (presented in partnership with The Carnegie Shul, Beth El Congregation, Temple Emanuel of South Hills, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, JFilm Pittsburgh, and Jewish Community Relations Council).
  • Good Deeds Day, Mitzvah Day, Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up Pittsburgh’s annual days of giving back to the community. South Hills volunteers assist at sites throughout the region, as well as the South Hills JCC. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Fedration of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center.

Check our calendar for a complete listing of all South Hills activities, events, holiday programs, Shabbat services and more.

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