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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.

 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

April 11, 2018  January 16, 2019 
April 18, 2018  January 23, 2019  
April 25, 2018  January 30, 2019     
May 2, 2018  February 6, 2019
May 9, 2018  February 13, 2019
May 16, 2018  February 20, 2019
May 23, 2018  February 27, 2019
October 10, 2018  March 6, 2019
October 17, 2018   March 13, 2019
October 24, 2018  March 27, 2019
October 31, 2018  April 3, 2019
November 7, 2018                       April 10, 2019
November 14, 2018  May 1, 2019
November 28, 2018    May 9, 2019
December 5, 2018                           May 15, 2019
December 12, 2018                     May 22, 2019


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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CLE Series with Rabbi Schiff

Fri, 16 Mar, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Get up to 10 CLE credits!
Breakfast will be provided. Dietary laws observed.  

In this 5-part CLE series, Rabbi Schiff will explore five distinct legal issues that continue to present substantive ethical dilemmas in our own day. Exploring Jewish texts, Rabbi Schiff will present the unique insights of Judaism on each of these complex topics. How has Judaism addressed these pivotal subjects? What wisdom does Judaism offer that might illuminate our contemporary conversations?

Each session is a “stand alone” unit, so you can take 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 sessions. 

With CLE credit: $30/session or $120 all sessions
Without CLE credit: $25/session or $100 all sessions 

  Topics Include:

Abortion in Jewish Law   Friday Oct. 20, 2017 
The Principles of Jewish Business Ethics Friday Dec. 8, 2017
Jewish Divorce   Friday Feb. 2, 2018
Capital Punishment: The Jewish Approach            Friday Mar. 16, 2018
Tzedakah: A uniquely Jewish institution                 Friday May 11, 2018

Location: Rodef Shalom
4905 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Fees: With CLE credit: $30/session or $120 all sessions
Without CLE credit: $25/session or $100 all sessions
Contact: Patti Dziekan
Calendar: Jewish Community Calendar
Category: Foundation Scholar
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