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Pittsburgh’s Jewish community is centered in Squirrel Hill, a pleasant, residential neighborhood just a few miles east of downtown. It is conveniently located near two major research universities, colleges, medical centers, and museums, and cultural institutions. A significant asset of life in Squirrel Hill is the ability to walk nearly everywhere: to shul, our Jewish day schools, the JCC, public library, kosher restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, and boutique businesses. Squirrel Hill is the center of both the Orthodox community and the larger Jewish community. It is an attractive destination for a diverse swath of the city’s broader population, including those who come here from all over the world to work or study at the universities.

Squirrel Hill is bordered by two major parks with wooded walking trails, bike trails, ball fields, athletic courts, and playgrounds. Mr. Rogers lived here, and has inspired us to think of each other as “Neighbors.” Pittsburgh is known variously as “the biggest small town in America” and one of the country’s most livable cities. 

The community supports separate men’s and women’s mikvaot, and a community kollel, along with a kosher grocery store, two Orthodox Jewish day schools, a community Jewish day school, and an eruv that encompasses both Squirrel Hill and the neighboring Greenfield neighborhood. More affordable than many “East Coast” communities, Pittsburgh’s size and thriving economy make it a heimish and ideal place to raise a family. The community is home to households of all economic levels, and offers a range of housing options, including rentals for students, professionals, families, and older adults. 

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