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Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff
Jewish Community Foundation Scholar

Supporting Federation's Jewish engagement and capacity building efforts in Pittsburgh and around the world through generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation.

Who is Rabbi Schiff?

Rabbi Danny Schiff, PhDRabbi Dr. Danny Schiff is the Foundation Scholar at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the founder and president of MOJI, the Museum of Jewish Ideas. He is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Rabbi Dr. Schiff grew up in Melbourne. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Melbourne. Rabbi Dr. Schiff received ordination, as well as his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree, from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (H.U.C. - J.I.R.). He also received his Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, from H.U.C. - J.I.R. Additionally, Rabbi Dr. Schiff earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.Rabbi Dr. Schiff previously served as the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh, as rabbi of B’nai Israel in White Oak, Pennsylvania, and as rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Abortion in Judaism, published by Cambridge University Press. He has written a substantial number of articles, particularly in the field of Jewish law and ethics. Additionally, he is a former Board member of the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Board and of the Society of Jewish Ethics.

Rabbi Dr. Schiff is married to Anne Schiff. They have a son, David, and a daughter, Adina.


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Beth El Speaker Series

Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Location: Beth El Congregation
Contact: Patti Dziekan
(412) 992-5221
Calendar: Jewish Community Calendar
Category: Foundation Scholar
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Continuing Legal Education
Ethics Matters

A series for lawyers and members of the community interested in legal issues in the context of Jewish law.

8:30 am

Freehof Auditorium, Rodef Shalom, Oakland

Each session will provide 2.0 CLE credits. 
Cost: $120 for entire series

Session Dates

October 20, 2017        
December 8, 2017  
February 2, 2018  
March 16, 2018                     
May 11, 2018  



Great Jewish Thinking: 
The People and the Books by Adam Kirsch

9:00 am 

Temple Sinai

Cost: $60

Session Dates

Octocber 23, 2017                    March 5, 2018
October 30, 2017 March 12, 2018
November 6, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 27, 2017
December 4, 2017
February 12, 2018
February 26, 2018                                                                         
March 19, 2018
April 30, 2018
May 7, 2018
May 14, 2018





Melton School of Adult Learning - South Hills

7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Temple Emanuel of South Hills and
Beth El Congregation


Session Dates

October 18, 2017 February 21, 2018
October 25, 2017  March 7, 2018
November 1, 2017 March 14, 2018
November 8, 2017 March 21, 2018
November 15, 2017 March 28, 2018
November 29, 2017 April 11, 2018
December 6, 2017  April 18, 2018
December 13, 2017 April 25, 2018
January 17, 2018 May 2, 2018
January 24, 2018    May 9, 2018
January 31, 2018                             May 16, 2018
February 7, 2018                           May 23, 2018
February 14, 2018                                


Israel at 70 Downtown Series

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Cohen and Grigsby P.C.

Cost: $10 per session or $40 for all.
Bring a brown-bag lunch • Coffee provided

Session Dates

November 9, 2017                     
December 7, 2017                                                                          
February 1, 2018  
March 8, 2018  
May 3, 2018  



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For more information about the Foundation, please contact Dan Brandeis, Jewish Community Foundation Director (412.992.5220 or dbrandeis@jfedpgh.org), or Sharon Perelman, Director of Planned Giving (412.992.5224 or sperelman@jfedpgh.org).

Rabbi Schiff can be reached at dschiff@jfedpgh.org.

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