Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director

“Demand Peace and Pursue It” (Psalm 34)

| SAT, OCT 27, 2018

A Response to Pittsburgh from Executive Director, Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein: *Update: Please join me and other members of the 14th Street Y staff tomorrow morning, Monday, October 29 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM. We’ll…

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Lifting Up Those in Temporary Shelters

| THU, SEP 27, 2018

Have you heard about Rosayra Pablo-Cruz? Like the parents of 3,000 other migrant children, Rosayra was detained at the U.S. border and separated from her 15 and five year-old sons,…

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A Yom Kippur Meditation

| TUE, SEP 18, 2018

Kabbalah teaches that the prayers of the downtrodden open a window in the heavens to allow our prayers to ascend because of the depth of prayer of the broken-hearted. On…

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The Cries of Children At Our Borders

| WED, JUN 20, 2018

As a mother, a rabbi, and a professional, I have often struggled to decide when to prioritize my work, and when to prioritize my children. This story has served to…

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It’s A Season of Jewish Culture

| SUN, APR 08, 2018

Hello everyone! Last week, as I began celebrating Passover, I announced the launch of the 14th Street Y’s Season of Jewish Culture. I couldn’t be more excited to share more…

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Making our Seders Meaningful

| FRI, MAR 30, 2018

As I set tonight’s Seder table, I find myself both grateful for the family and friends who will surround me and wistful as I think of those who will not.…

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We All Have Superpowers

| FRI, DEC 15, 2017

Hanukkah, the festival of light, comes on the darkest days of the year. Whether due to the waning crescent moon as the winter solstice approaches, or the consistently dark headlines,…

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