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Community Outreach

The Jewish Studies Program serves as a resource center in academic Jewish studies for a wide range of organizations in the Jewish community of Greater Pittsburgh, for academic institutions across the region, and for a broad public interested in Jewish history and culture.


As the only Jewish studies program in Western Pennsylvania, the program sees community outreach as part of its core mission. This community involvement takes two key forms for us. First, our faculty and students serve as a resource to community organizations and other academic institutions in need of academic expertise in Jewish studies. Second, we offer programming that disseminates research and scholarship in Jewish studies to a broad public audience.

The Jewish Studies Program administers an endowment for outreach created in the School of Arts and Sciences by the Giant Eagle Foundation.

Some of our activities include:

  • Artists-in-residence, writers-in-residence, and scholars-in-residence sharing expertise with the campus, other academic institutions, and the community.
  • Conferences, lectures, and symposia bringing new academic research in Jewish studies to the public.
  • Co-sponsorship of cultural events with community organizations.
  • Speaker bureau offering lectures by program faculty members for colleges, universities, and K-12 education.

Please visit our calendar for information on upcoming events.

See the resources page for links to some of our community partners. If you are involved with a community organization in Pittsburgh or the surrounding region and have an idea for a program, please contact us.


In 2012-2013, we sponsored a major series of public events on Squirrel Hill's Jewish Community, Urban History, and American Jewish History.

Click here for the full program and more information about the Squirrel Hill Project. All events in the series are also archived on our "News and Events" page.


Miss a lecture? Click the lecture title to watch on-line:

Barbara Burstin: "When the Jews Met the Squirrels"

Deborah Dash Moore: "Putting Pittsburgh on the Map of American Jewish History"

Rachel Kranson: "Jewish Anxieties over Suburbanization, 1945-1965."

Thomas J. Sugrue: "Jews, Race, and the Twentieth-Century American City"


Click here for a Bibliography of Resources on Pittsburgh Jewish History, compiled by Laurie Cohen, Jewish Studies Librarian at Pitt.

Click here for a Map/Guide from our Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jewish Squirrel Hill (note that times of building openings refer to the date of the tour, May 19, 2013).