Two Ways You Can #standwithpittsburgh from Right Here in Houston

Monday, November 5, 2018
Posted by: Rabbi Erin Mason, Chief Program Officer

Windows of Hope PosterWe’d like to share with you two ways you can show support for the Pittsburgh Jewish community. First is a way to share what a “Window of Hope” means for you through social media. Second is a virtual 5K that the Pittsburgh JCC is conducting that you can participate in right here from Houston. 

Windows of Hope

In the spirit of solidarity and claiming public spaces for positive expressions of unity, we invite you to participate in the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s Windows of Hope project.

From Nov 4-11, we encourage you to #standwithpittsburgh and use your windows to create messages of hope for all groups being targeted by hate, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, racism….

Here are three ways that you can be a part of Windows of Hope:

  1. Print THIS POSTER and fill it in with your own actions for hope; put it in your window for the week.

  2. Create your own artistic response to HOPE in/on your window…anything you want!

  3. Print THIS POSTER and fill it in with your own actions for hope and bring it to the J. We’ll place it on our Wall of Hope in our lobby from Nov 4-11. We will have posters here if you’d like to make one on the spot.

No matter which option you choose, please be sure to take a picture of it, tag @milesnadaljcc and share it on social media with the hashtags: #windowsofhope #standwithpittsburgh

Virtual 5K Run/Walk To Benefit The Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center

In the aftermath of the Saturday morning massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue of Pittsburgh, the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh served as a safe haven for the families affected and as a hub for law enforcement. The JCC is likely going to continue to play an integral role in the community’s healing.

We can show the JCC our support by taking part in a virtual 5K run/walk this weekend to raise funds for the J. Simply register to run (or walk!) from anywhere, at any time of day on Saturday, Nov 10 or Sunday, Nov 11 (more information below). We hope you will join us.


  • Virtual 5K, that’s any 3.1 miles you choose
  • Post on social, and use the hashtag #5KforPittsburghJCC


Wherever your feet take you, running or walking, in any city, town, state or country


Saturday, Nov 10 and Sunday, Nov 11, whatever time


There are three ways to take part:

  • virtual entry costs – $10
  • virtual entry plus T-shirt/tank (with a hamsa graphic incorporating the Pittsburgh skyline) – $22.50
  • T-shirt/tank only – $15


100 percent of the proceeds from 5K entries and t-shirt/tank sales (minus the $3.50 shipping per T-shirt/tank) will be donated to Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh.

You can register here and learn more about the event. Wherever you run or walk this weekend, do it for the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh—and let our friends there know that the JCC Movement stands with them.

If anyone wants to participate in the Virtual 5K, to show their support for Pittsburgh, we are planning a group start this Sunday morning at 6:45 AM in Memorial Park. Meet in front of the Tennis Center on the Lieberman run trail at 6:40 AM. We will observe a moment of silence and then start to run at 6:45 AM. Anyone of any fitness level is invited to start together as a showing of solidarity and togetherness to stand against hate.


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