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JCC Center for loving kindness

Community is our middle name at the JCC, and ‘Loving Kindness’ is our north star.

A New Leader for the Center

The JCC is pleased to announce the appointment of Hindy Finman as the new Senior Director of Jewish Life. With a rich background through Jewish organizations, congregations and camps and a deep commitment to community engagement rooted in the rabbinic lens of care and kindness, Finman brings both experience and passion to this valued role.



In expressing gratitude for the opportunity to join the JCC, Finman highlighted the alignment between the position’s focus on Jewish life and community engagement. Prior to pursuing her rabbinical degree at Hebrew College in Boston, Finman worked in Colorado as a Program Coordinator helping to launch BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy following her collegiate career as a Criminal Justice major at Temple University. Finman also served nine consecutive summers at Camp Ramah in the Rockies, with roles including Camper Care Liaison, Inclusion Specialist and Head of the Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute.



Finman’s educational and professional experiences have fortified her understanding of the pivotal significance of JCC work, both within and beyond the Jewish community. “The mission and initiatives of the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, including the nationally recognized Center for Loving

Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK), deeply resonate with me,” Finman said. “I can’t wait to continue the important work of building bridges of healing, hope, love and kindness across the Pittsburgh region and beyond.”



”As a rabbi, I am continually pondering how we cater to the needs of those present and extend support to those absent, emphasizing the importance of kindness and care for marginalized communities and strategizing ways to address their needs,” Finman said. “My unwavering commitment lies in cultivating spaces that are not only inclusive and secure but also demonstrate the warmth reflective of a pluralistic Judaism.”



The search process for this role included more than 60 local, national, and international applicants. “There was an extensive vetting process,” said Jason Kunzman, JCC President and CEO. “Leading candidates were interviewed by JCC Board members, professional leadership team members and outside stakeholders.” Kunzman will travel to Newton, MA in June to attend Finman’s rabbinic ordination. “I am excited for what Hindy will bring to Jewish life here at the JCC and across our community,” says Kunzman.
“I am grateful for being part of such a thorough process for the JCC’s next Senior Director of Jewish Life. Hindy will bring a new lens as we partner with our interfaith network in addressing real and perceived divides within our community. I look forward to working closely with her,” says Rev. Liddy Barlow, Exec. Minister, Christian Associates of SWPA, a partner of CFLK.
Hilary Tyson, JCC Board member and Center for Loving Kindness Advisory Committee Co-Chair added, “We are delighted to welcome Hindy to our team, and we look forward to her innovative leadership and the sense of curiosity and inclusivity she will bring to our programming.”

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Community is our middle name at the JCC, and ‘Loving Kindness’ is our north star.

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The Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement (CFLK) was established in August 2017 to strategically counter the demoralizing rhetoric of public discourse to strengthen the fabric of the community by amplifying the long-held values of ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ and ‘Do not stand idle while your neighbor bleeds’ as we redefine ‘neighbor’ from a geographic term to a moral concept.

 

We realize this goal by creating safe spaces in which neighbors can live in community with one another based on our shared humanity through real and perceived differences.

What We Do

WE BREAK DOWN THE GEOGRAPHIC, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND RACIAL NEIGHBORHOOD DIVIDES IN ORDER TO BUILD COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY.
Community members and organizations will engage with each other based on the expanded definition of ‘neighbor’ not just as a geographic term but as a moral concept.

 

WE IGNITE PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO MOVE TO ACTION.
Neighbors will provide acknowledgement, understanding and support for neighbors facing challenges because of one-time and/or systemic hateful acts, natural disasters, violence, bigotry, or intolerance that threaten the integrity of community.

 

WE SUPPORT NEIGHBORS ON THEIR JOURNEYS TOWARD MORE OPEN MINDS TO NEW AND DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES RELATING TO LIVING TOGETHER IN OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY.
Neighbors will integrate current events through values-based lenses.

 

WE INSPIRE PEOPLE TO MOVE BEYOND THEIR INTERFAITH DIFFERENCES.
Neighbors of different faiths will cooperate as a normal part of civic life for the sake of community engagement and for building resilience against bigotry and violence.

 

WE CREATE SAFE SPACES FOR PITTSBURGH POLICE OFFICERS AND SPIRITUAL LEADERS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, SEEING EACH OTHER AS HUMAN BEINGS.
Police and spiritual leaders will engage in covenanted relationships with one another to promote a resilient community for all in both good
times and bad.

 

WE EMBOLDEN NEIGHBORS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER THROUGH THEIR DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTISAN AFFILIATIONS.
Neighbors will be energized towards constructive resolution of common problems beyond partisan divides.

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UpStanders

UPstanders are community members who provide acknowledgement, understanding and support for neighbors facing challenges as a result of hateful acts, natural disasters, violence or intolerance that threaten the integrity of their community.

 

The way it works:


  • When a need presents itself, JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness sends out an email alert announcing the UPstander volunteer opportunity.

  • Each registered UPstander decides whether to participate.
  • Each opportunity is stand-alone— we are grateful for the role you play at any time, with no commitment to volunteer on a regular basis.

Keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to volunteer as an UpStander!

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