Jewish Life at ChathamU

“Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.”

These words from our mission statement point to the essence of the Jewish experience at Chatham. From our inception based on equality of access, Chatham has been inspired to promote diversity and inclusion among our community members. We are committed to feeding the intellectual curiosity, promoting the spiritual development, and celebrating the vibrant culture of Jewish students on campus through both curricular and co-curricular programs and services.

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Jewish Studies Minor

Along with challenging academics in over 40 majors in health, sustainability, and the arts and sciences, Chatham offers over 45 minors, including those in Jewish Studies and in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies. Courses include History of Judaism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Pittsburgh, among others.

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Squirrel Hill

Chatham is on the border of Pittsburgh’s Jewish neighborhood, Squirrel Hill. Squirrel Hill features synagogues, day schools, various Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Community Center, kosher restaurants, a kosher grocery store, and plenty of other businesses.

Hillel Jewish University Center

The Hillel Jewish University Center (JUC) provides Jewish opportunities for students throughout Pittsburgh. With social, educational, political and social justice programming, the JUC provides students with a holistic college experience including a home away from home and extensive leadership training and opportunities

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Community Partnerships

Chatham partners with local Jewish organizations including the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh on programming and internships to provide opportunities for students to gain valuable knowledge and experience. 

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Events

Chatham holds a multitude of events around Jewish identity and culture, including an intersectional Shabbat dinner and conversations and lectures with individuals including Magda Brown, Holocaust survivor, and Bari Weiss, author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism”.

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Jewish Life at ChathamU

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Chatham Holds Interfaith Service and Vigil for Tree of Life

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, hundreds of members of the Chatham community gathered at Chatham’s pond for an Interfaith Service and Vigil to commemorate the lives lost in the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings, and to recognize Chatham’s enduring ties and friendship with the Jewish community.