Educational Institutions

Kollel Jewish Learning Center

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.kollelpgh.org

Mission Statement

The Kollel Jewish Learning Center is dedicated to increasing one's ability to comprehend classical Jewish texts, and fostering an awareness and appreciation for Torah scholarship and Jewish knowledge in the context of everyday life. Through a shared obligation to the values of community and education, both central tenets of our rich heritage, the Kollel provides a wide spectrum of opportunities to explore one's passions through a Jewish lens with real depth, authenticity, and meaning. Vision A growing, thriving, dynamic Jewish community whose members embrace Torah study as part of their personal spiritual growth. Mission To make Torah study an important part of the lives of the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

Main Programs

  1. Ongoing Programs
  2. Special Lectures
  3. Ongoing Classes

ruling year

1970

Principal Officer

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Rabbi Aaron Kagan

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EIN

23-7055604

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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1.In the past year we were able to establish a new position and hire a Director of Education. This position has enabled our organization to grow in terms of programming adding new classes in order to serve a more diverse audience. 2.Last year we recruited and brought in three new community scholars and now have a fourth new scholar arriving this month.These additions have given us the internal resources to provide more individual learning, new classes and class series and new programming. 3.As a result of our new staff we have increased the number of users of our classes and programs to over 25,000 in the past year.

Programs

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Program 1

Ongoing Programs

1.Night Seder Program 2.Sunday Morning Boys learning 3.Simchas Bais Hashoava 4.Lulav Workshop at Hillel Academy boys middle school 5.Multimedia Shofar Presentation at Hillel Academy Preschool 6.Multimedia Shofar Presentation at Hillel Academy Elementary School 7.Multimedia Shofar Presentation at Hillel Academy Boys High School 8.Yeshivas Bain Hazmanim Pesach 9.Yeshivas Bain Hazmanim Succos 10.January1 Learning (Kollel/PZ) 11.Thanksgiving Learning (Kollel/PZ) 12.Simchas Torah 13.Siyum HaShas Live Video Hookup 14.Women's Summer Learning Program 15.Sunday Morning In-Depth Halachah 16.Shavous All Night Learning 17.Father and Son Learning 18.Hoshana Rabbah All Night Learning 19.Thursday Night High School Mishmar Program

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Program 2

Special Lectures

1.Taharas Mishpacha shiur series Live Video Hookup 2.Community Shabbos Shuva Drasha 3.Mysteries of the Seder Table series 4.Shavous JCC Lecture 5.Yom Kippur Service Series 6.Women's Purim Lecture 7.Lessons of the Prophets Series

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Program 3

Ongoing Classes

1.Mussar Classics 2.Shabbos Morning Hilchos Shabbos 3.Daf Yomi 4.Contemporary Halachic Issues 5.Gemara Iyun Shiur 6.Shabbos Morning Dvar Halacha 7.Shabbos Morning Dvar Torah 8.Sunday Morning Gemara Brachos 9.Laws of Meat and Milk 10.Mishna on Campus 11.Hashkafa Class with Mr. Fishy Milch 12.Mishnah Berurah 13.Women's Navi Class 14.Parsha Page Email 15.Tuesday night Hilchos Shabbos 16.Classic Texts of Jewish Thought Part 1 Rambam - Laws of Teshuvah 17.Classic Texts of Jewish Thought Part 2 Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Ethical Conduct 18.Classic Texts of Jewish Thought Part 3 Chayei Adam - Between Man and G-d 19.Gemara Skills Class 20.Downtown Lunch & Learn 21.Friday Night Winter Parsha Class 22.Gemara Sanhedrin (Tuesday nights with Rabbi Senft) 23.Gemara Sanhedrin (Shabbos Afternoons with Dr. Zipris) 24.Chasidic Insights on the Parsha 25.Siddur Class Series 26.Jewish Philosophy (for Russian Speakers in English)

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Funding Needs

While we have a strong base of support within the Pittsburgh Jewish community, in order create sustainability we must build on that.There are several tools we need in order to engage a broader sector of the community. These include but are not limited to more creative programming and one on one interactions, fostering better relationships and increasing our donor base. In order to achieve these goals and fully actualize our mission statement the Kollel Jewish Learning Center is in need of the following: 1.The hiring of an Outreach director (60k) is essential to achieving our goals and creating sustainability.In order to foster engagement, enthusiasm and a strong connection to the Kollel we must create programming which will attract new users to kollel programs, 2.While we do currently attract women to our classes and programs we feel we need to engage women at a stronger level.This will only be accomplished with the hiring of a Women's Program Director (25K).This position will enable us to create programs and classes specific to the needs of our women's constituency thus further bolstering our sustainability. 3.We need staff training in order to fully optimize our use of Salesforce our database program.In addition we need the training in order to do additional programming and code writing for Salesforce. This will allow us to create highly focused programming and fundraising efforts (7K)

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PITTSBURGH KOLLEL BAIS YITZCHOK
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Kollel Jewish Learning Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rabbi Aaron Kagan

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Every single day of the year the Kollel Jewish Learning Center is open - from 6 am when the first study partners arrive, until 12:30 am when the last scholar leaves the building. Every day from morning till night the building is used by people of all ages and all levels of Jewish knowledge and learning, they make use of the facility, the resources and library, and the community scholars. This can mean children studying with a parent or tutor, men and women attending a class, the community scholars engaged in their own studies, or community members who come to use our facility to study chevruta style with their friends and the Kollel scholars. The Kollel is a unique organization that fosters and promotes growth and Jewish learning at all levels, from the beginner to the most advanced -and everything in between. I frequently enjoy walking around the building just to see all the different people who are here studying and learning. It's invigorating to see the breadth of Jewish engagement going on and makes the effort in sustaining the organization worthwhile. I invite you to come and try us out. Come for a class, engage a study partner, or to just sit and watch the energy and excitement of your fellow Jews going on all around you. The backbone of what we do is facilitated by our community scholars. Steeped in knowledge with advanced degrees in Talmudic law, they come to Pittsburgh to engage the community in the learning of Torah. Through that engagement they realize the energy and interest that our community has for knowledge, and they strive to be a part of the chain of tradition and study - one that has been continuous for over 2000 years. Used to the halls of academia, here is where they engage with friends, students and peers and learn how to translate the years of their study - to the issues and nuances of daily life and living- in the language of contemporary life. Our mission statement is all about Torah study, about building a community engaged in its heritage, and welcoming to all Jews regardless of background or affiliation. A Jewish life is one worth living -and living well. I hope you will join us!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Abby Mendelson

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