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Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers

Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers has served as the Rabbi and Cantor for the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh since the summer of 2017. He moved to the City of Bridges after spending decades in ministry in New Jersey and Long Island. He received a BA from Rutgers, an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and studied privately with Cantor Zvi Aroni before graduating from the Cantorial School of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 

After the horrific morning of October 27, 2018, when a heavily armed gunman began a murderous rampage in the Tree of Life, Rabbi Myers—who survived the attack—became the face of the tragedy. Since then, he has set about sending the key message that love is stronger than hate. Rabbi Myers contends that a lack of understanding of our neighbors leads to fear and sometimes loathing, which can lead to acts of violence. Rabbi Myers believes that if we are ever to remove the "H word" from our society, it must start with pledging not to use that word in speech, just as he has done in honor of the 11 lives lost at the Tree of Life. 

Rabbi Myers is a 2019 recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Medal of Valor, given out to those who exemplify the good deeds of outstanding individuals who honor mankind and whose courage and bravery shine a light in the darkest of places. Because of his service and actions during and after the Tree of Life massacre, Rabbi Myers received the medal which is inscribed: “He who saves a single life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.” 

Rabbi Myers also received Rabbinic Ordination from Mesivta Adath Wolkowisk. He organized the June 1998 gathering of nearly 1,000 children from the New York/New Jersey area to celebrate Israel’s 50th Anniversary in Central Park under the auspices of the 50th Anniversary Gathering of the Cantors Assembly. Rabbi Myers has served as a trustee on its Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly and chair of its Membership Committee, and is currently the Senior Vice-President. He also served as a trustee on the Executive Board of the Jewish Educators Assembly and co-chair of the Membership Committee. He was a board member on the National Education Commission of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the National Deliberation Team for Project Etgar, the new curriculum for the middle school that is a joint project of the United Synagogue and the Melton Institute. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Congregational School Principals Advisory Board. 

Rabbi Myers was the recipient of a Schechter Award for his interfaith Evening of Harmony that commemorates the Holocaust and awards for synagogue and family programming. He was a visiting lecturer at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and has served as chair of the Downbeach Ministerium and the Interfaith Clergy Council. In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate in Jewish Music from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Washington & Jefferson College. He has also been privileged to receive the Heroes designation from CNN, a Rescuer of Humanity medal from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Rescuer of Humanity from Values in Action, the John E. McGrady Award for Community Service from the Heinz Foundation, and the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award from the Urban League. He has testified before both Houses of Congress, participated in many gatherings in the White House, and has spoken throughout the United States on the proliferation of H speech. 

Messages From the Rabbi

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		                                    joy		                                </span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Our sages of old teach us in <i>Pirkei Avot </i>4:1: “Ben Zoma taught: Who is rich? Those who are happy with their portion.” The word for happy might be familiar to most of you – <i>Sameach</i> – from which we derive the word <i>Simcha</i>, a joyous event. On first reading, the answer is certainly not...</span>
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		                                    there's no place like home		                                </span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><p class="Body" style="border:none; text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:"Helvetica Neue",serif"><span style="color:black">We’ve been homeless for nearly six years, and I know that it has not been easy. Despite how warm and welcoming both Rodef Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church have been, these are temporary quarters. Yes, we know our way around the buildings; the clergy, staff and congregants...</span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><p style="text-align:justify; margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Hopefully the allergy season will end shortly, as the mild winter has made for an incredible outburst of pollen.  We did our usual spring planting, primarily herbs, replacing those that did not survive the winter, and a small assortment of flowers. It really doesn’t matter what flowers...</span>
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