Giving Guide 2023: JCC of Greater Pittsburgh

If you’re looking for community, recreation, enrichment and a great place to workout, you’ll find your fit and wellness at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, where we strive to provide programs and services that keep the community happy, healthy, and whole.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, one of the largest social service, recreational and educational organizations in the region, has been serving the community for 128 years. The JCC shines a light on wellness, community and connection. Open and accessible to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or special need, the JCC welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, embracing their uniqueness and diversity under our communal tent.

The JCC houses state-of-the-art fitness and wellness facilities, temperature-controlled pools, gymnasiums, accessible playgrounds, auditoriums, dance studios, classrooms, and meeting areas in two year-round facilities and three summer locations.

Comprehensive, inclusive programming and services for all ages and interests include child care and preschool, after-school and school’s-out programs, day and overnight camping, senior adult activities, fitness and wellness programs, special needs and neurodiverse services, arts and cultural activities, social justice and civic engagement, and scores of programs for the community. Members and guests enjoy lap swimming and aquatic fitness, group exercise and personal training, spinning, first-class cardio equipment, strength training, basketball, pickleball, dance classes, massage, whirlpools, saunas, towel service, lounge areas and more.

After a precipitous drop in revenue during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the JCC has lived up to its commitment to serve community to the fullest extent possible. Membership has largely rebounded, camp registrations have surpassed pre-COVID figures, and new services have been offered in both branches.

New, wide-ranging initiatives have emerged, from camps and out-of-school time inclusion services to enhancing wellness with the new Recovery Room in Squirrel Hill and transforming fitness at the South Hills JCC as a Spartan DEKA affiliate. The JCC has fostered a growing synergy between its two year-round facilities, most notably in the expansion of the AgeWell at the JCC program to a Senior Center pilot program in the South Hills.

Public health and community wellness continue to be key drivers in the JCC’s work, including community support groups, blood drives, volunteer activities for people of all ages, and combatting isolation among older adults through congregate meals and a rich compendium of in-person and virtual learning opportunities.

As the JCC’s long-tenured CEO Brian Schreiber takes on a new full-time role as the chief external affairs officer and Jason Kunzman, our former chief program officer, becomes chief executive officer, the JCC’s enduring nature, guided by its mission and rooted in Jewish values, is providing the solid foundation that supports continuity and sets the stage for the embrace of new ideas, initiatives and activities. 

We pledge to deepen our work on growing our impact in the larger community and making the JCC the best community asset we can be, for everyone. We thank our friends, constituents, donors and supporters, for their steadfast commitment as our journey continues.

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