The Pittsburgh Community
The city of Pittsburgh has many assets that make it an ideal location for the Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts. The first is its Chabad community, a warm, welcoming one that attracts new families to the city every year. Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, a community school for pre-school through high school, was started in 1943 by Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom Posner and is the driving force behind the community.
The city itself is also a tremendous asset to this seminary. Voted “Most Livable City”, Pittsburgh has outstanding institutions of higher learning and a dynamic cultural climate, yet still manages to exude small town friendliness.
The seminary is situated in the heart of Squirrel Hill, where most of the Pittsburgh Jewish community lives. Nestled between two large wooded parks, Squirrel Hill is safe and affordable, with many beautiful old homes and plenty of shopping within walking distance.
Best of all, the Pittsburgh Jewish community is one of shalom, and the unity among Jews of different backgrounds is like no where else.
From the Desk of Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld
Chassidus teaches us that the whole purpose of creation is to make this world a dwelling place for Hashem. This teaching is the cornerstone of the Pittsburgh Chabad community and Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, the educational institution behind it. As the world moves rapidly towards the Messianic era, opportunities to spread G-dliness are also greater than ever before.
It was for these reasons that I supported Mrs. Amy Guterson when she approached me with her idea to open a seminary combining Chassidus and the Arts. Young women with G-d given talent, proper cultivation of that talent, and, above all, an advanced education “al taharas Ha Kodesh” could utilize their creativity in myriad ways to spread the light of Torah and Chassidus, hastening Moshiach’s arrival.
The Pittsburgh community has a large reserve of talent on all fronts to support this endeavor, but above all it has the passion and drive of Mrs. Guterson. An accomplished actress, writer, director and teacher, Mrs. Guterson has the determination necessary to bring this seminary into being. I am optimistic that, with Hashem’s help, the Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts will be a powerful tool to bring G-dliness into the world, an idea whose time has come.
Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld,
Regional Director of Chabad of Western Pennsylvania
and Dean of Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh