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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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Staff Learning with Rabbi Schiff Recurring event

Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Category: Foundation Scholar


Weekly on Thursday until 3/16/2017
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FREE 2-Session Purim Program
for the entire community

In partnership with
Congregation Beth Shalom
Rodef Shalom Congregation

Purim, Politics & Anti-Semitism: Contemporary Lessions
Wednesday, March 1
7:30 pm

Congregation Beth Shalom
5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh 15217

Purim, Power & Morality: The Part We Hide from the Children
Wednesday, March 8
7:30 pm

Rodef Shalom Congregation
4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213

These sessions are offered to the community at no cost.

For more information or to register, contact Patti Flister at 412-992-5216 or pflister@jfedpgh.org.

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community.
If you have a disability or need an accommodation, please contact Patti Flister at 412-992-5216 or pflister@jfedpgh.org


Jewish Humor Melton

9:30 - 11:00 am 

ALC1, Rodef Shalom, Oakland

Session Dates

November 6, 2016                    February 5, 2017
November 13, 2016 February 12, 2017
December 4, 2016 February 26, 2017
December 11, 2016 (Special Time: 8:30 - 10:45 am)                     March 5, 2017
January 29, 2017 March 19, 2017



Discussing Great Thinkers

9:00 - 10:15 am 

Temple Sinai

Rabbi Schiff facilitates a group discussion of those interested in reading the great thinkers of contemporary Judaism. Explore Bernard-Henri Levy’s text The Genius of Judaism (2017) available on Amazon—kindle or print. (No class on Feb. 20) 

Session Dates

February 6, 2017                    March 13, 2017
February 13, 2017 March 20, 2017
February 27, 2017                                                                           March 27, 2017
March 6, 2017                       



Melton for Communal Professionals

9:30 am-11:45 am 
ALC1, Rodef Shalom, Oakland

Session Dates

November 2, 2016 February 8, 2017
November 9, 2016  February 15, 2017
November 16, 2016 February 22, 2017
November 30, 2016 March 1, 2017
December 7, 2016 March 8, 2017 
December 14, 2016                                                                        March 15, 2017 
January 25, 2017 March 22, 2017 
February 1, 2017 March 29, 2017 

Contemporary Jewish Controversies

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Cohen and Grigsby P.C.

Cost: $75
Bring a brown-bag lunch • Coffee provided

Session Dates

December 1, 2016                    March16, 2017
December 15, 2016                                                                         Wednesday — March 29, 2017
February 2, 2017 June 8, 2017
February 16, 2017 June 22, 2017
March 2, 2017 July 13, 2017



Continuing Legal Education

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

8:30 - 10:45 am

Freehof Auditorium, Rodef Shalom, Oakland

Each session will provide 2.0 CLE credits. Cost: $30 per session, or $20 without CLE credit.
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Session Dates

November 4, 2016 (Special Time: 8:30 - 11:15 am)       Introduction + Mishnah: Zera’im – Seeds 
December 9, 2016 Mishnah: Mo’ed – Festivals
February 3, 2017 Mishnah: Nashim – Women
March 24, 2017                    Mishnah: Nezikin – Damages
June 9, 2017 Mishnah: Kodashim – Holy Things
July 7, 2017 Mishnah: Tohorot – Purities

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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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