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Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff

Jewish Community Foundation Scholar

Supporting Federation's Jewish engagement and capacity building efforts in Pittsburgh and around the world through generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation.

Rabbi Dr. Danny Schiff is the Foundation Scholar at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the founder and president of MOJI, the Museum of Jewish Ideas. He is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Rabbi Dr. Schiff grew up in Melbourne. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Melbourne. Rabbi Dr. Schiff received ordination, as well as his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters degree, from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (H.U.C. - J.I.R.). He also received his Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, from H.U.C. - J.I.R. Additionally, Rabbi Dr. Schiff earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Rabbi Dr. Schiff previously served as the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning in Pittsburgh, as rabbi of B’nai Israel in White Oak, Pennsylvania, and as rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Abortion in Judaism, published by Cambridge University Press. He has written a substantial number of articles, particularly in the field of Jewish law and ethics. Additionally, he is a former Board member of the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Board and of the Society of Jewish Ethics.

Rabbi Dr. Schiff is married to Anne Schiff. They have a son, David, and a daughter, Adina.

gavel and law books
Continuing Legal Education
Thursdays at 8:30 AM
Sept. 22, 2022 - Jun. 29, 2023
Torah scroll
Torah 1
Mondays @ 9:30 AM
October 24 - May 15, 2023
People arguing
How to Disagree Constructively: The Jewish Way
Mondays at 7 PM
Nov. 7 - Dec. 12
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Chesed in Practice
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
Dec. 6, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023
flag, Constitution and gavel
Is Judaism Compatible With Democracy?
Thursdays, 9:30 AM
Mar. 23 - Jun. 8, 2023
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Sacks: To Heal a Fractured World
Wednesdays at 9:30 AM
Feb. 22 - May 17, 2023
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Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
Feb. 7 - Apr. 25, 2023
clay oil lamp
Miracles – A Jewish Perspective
Sundays at 10:00 AM
Apr. 9-30, 2023
Hebrew texts
The Jewish Text Puzzle
Mondays at 7:00 PM
Apr. 10 - May 22, 2023
Israeli flags
Zionist Salon
Invite your friends for an evening of provocative Zionist conversation with Rabbi Danny Schiff.

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