Formerly known as "Twinning," the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's Remembering the Children B'nei Mitzvah Project provides an opportunity for students to honor and share their bar or bat mitzvah ceremony with a child who experienced the Holocaust and did not get to have their own ceremony. As part of this process, students complete a reflection … Continue reading Remembering the Children: A Reflection by Noah Levitt
By Jackie Reese Exactly one month ago, our community experienced a trauma that none of us ever expected. On Shabbat, a gunman walked into a local synagogue--a centrally located one that nearly every member of our Jewish community has some connection to--and murdered 11 innocent people. That day, we suddenly became the site of the … Continue reading One Month Since the Ason
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh received a reflective response from Ava, a high school senior at Woodland Hills High School, following the shooting at Tree of Life, Or l'Simcha Synagogue last weekend. In her writing, Ava expresses her reaction to this tragic event, and we hope that her words will help others to ask themselves difficult questions and process unfathomable acts … Continue reading Comprehending Hateful Violence…
Hi readers! You may have noticed things are a little quiet around here on the blog. That's because it's on summer vacation! HC staff is working behind the scenes to optimize the blog to be as useful as possible and coming up with fresh new ideas for topics to write about. We look forward to … Continue reading The Blog is on Summer Vacation!
By Christina Sahovey Many Pittsburghers know Paul Guggenheimer from his myriad appearances in local theatrical performances, or from the former radio program “Essential Pittsburgh,” which ran on WESA. But what many people do not know is that Paul’s father, James, is a Holocaust survivor with a fascinating story to tell. If you miss hearing Paul’s … Continue reading An Interview With Paul Guggenheimer
By Christina Sahovey Last month, we lost Bruno Sammartino, a wrestling icon and local Pittsburgher who spent much of his formative years in South Oakland, at the age of 82. Many people followed his career as a professional wrestler, and took pride in him being a “hometown boy.” But a story to which many are … Continue reading In Memory of Bruno Sammartino
By Christina Sahovey In an effort to appeal to a wide range of ages and reach more people through Holocaust education, the Holocaust Center is pleased to launch a new program – our very own book club! As it is still in the early stages, we will see how things develop – whether we will … Continue reading Holocaust Center Book Group and Q&A with Local Author Sydelle Pearl