The Hidden Jewish Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

The Hidden Jewish Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

On this fast-paced virtual tour, we will visit 12 city neighborhoods. With an eagle eye and help from archival records, we will find Pittsburgh’s Jewish history hidden in the cityscape.

Pittsburgh neighborhoods are often identified by their past and present ethnic identities, but neighborhood life has never been that simple. Even the most seemingly homogenous neighborhoods can have small communities living as minorities among their neighbors.

Today, Squirrel Hill is known as the “Jewish part” of Pittsburgh, but historically, the Hill District was considered a Jewish neighborhood. A century ago, at least a dozen other Pittsburgh neighborhoods were home to Jewish communities. Each enclave supported synagogues, religious schools, Jewish clubs and charities, and Jewish-owned businesses. RECORDED 2/22/2021

Presented by DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh / Hosted by Eric Lidji, director of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The DOP Stories series, November 2020 – February 2021, is supported in part by: UPMC, Dollar Bank and The Benter Foundation.


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