Kindness: It costs nothing, but means everything.

Here at SHUC, we wanted to make sure that the stay-at-home order didn’t prevent our neighbors in Squirrel Hill from getting to know each other. For our Kindness is Contagious series, we have been profiling community members who spread kindness through our neighborhood.

  • Kindness is Contagious: Maria Cohen
    Our executive director Maria goes above and beyond in volunteering for her community. Her kindness spreads throughout SHUC and is always visible in the work she does.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Amy Mann
    Amy is a local designer and community partner who has been volunteering continuously throughout the pandemic.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Harry Clark
    Dr. Harry Clark, the founding principal of CAPA, is a renowned jazz trumpeter with leadership positions in a number of arts organizations.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Naomi Johnson
    Naomi is assistant director at our local Sunburst School of Music, an excellent vocalist, and a kind, thoughtful mother of three.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Sukanya Srinivasan
    Sukanya is a local physician, civic partner, volunteer, and kind neighbor. As the Allderdice PTO president, she works to fundraise and address disparities in Squirrel Hill schools.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Ghadah Makoshi
    Ghadah is a community advocate at the ACLU who works on school policing issues. She also volunteers regularly. During the stay-at-home order, she checked in on others and offered to cook meals or bake cookies!
  • Kindness is Contagious: Mamar Gelaye
    Meet our brilliant, dynamic and kind neighbor Mamar Gelaye. As the CIO of Raytheon, she is a visionary leader who mentors, creates and collaborates to support her team.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Ale Memoli
    Ale is a recent Winchester Thurston grad and talented soccer player who will soon be headed to Northeastern University. A WT teacher describes him as “one of the kindest students.”
  • Kindness is Contagious: Lorrie Cranor
    Lorrie, a CMU professor, has continued her privacy policy work, created COVID-19 graphs, and sewn personal protective masks throughout the quarantine.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Norma Bronder
    Norma is a kind and thoughtful resident who is outspoken and passionate about environmental issues. Throughout quarantine, she has been delivering food to families in need.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Evelyn Castillo
    Evelyn plans events for local nonprofits and serves as a trustee of Awesome Pittsburgh. She was the leading force in Illumination-Ovation, #LoveFromPgh, to honor front-line workers.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Rabbi Ron Symons
    Rabbi Ron is the founding & senior director of our JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement. He is committed to redefining ‘neighbor’ from geographic term to moral concept.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Erika Bruce
    Erika is an amazing local chef who uses her creative culinary talents on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street and also to feed those in need!
  • Kindness is Contagious: Zack Block
    Zack is the executive director of Repair the World Pittsburgh. He is a leader who motivates many to engage in acts of kindness.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Maggie Feinstein
    Maggie is the director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership which seeks to offer support, guidance and resource to the community in response to the shooting on 10/27/18.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Amy Raslevich
    Amy is an active neighbor, often advocating for social equality. Her friends describe her as passionate, forthright, compassionate, determined, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful, loving and fearless.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Francine McCauley
    Francine is known for spreading kindness and joy regularly – be it unexpected cookie deliveries, quiet acts of kindness, or sending blessings/quotes to those around her reminding them to keep perspective on what really matters in life.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Alan & Stacey Hausman
    Alan & Stacey are staples of our community, most recently known for their dedication, love and immense support for our Tree of Life (Or L’Simcha) congregation.
  • Kindness is Contagious: Jennifer Tepe
    Jennifer is a Pitt professor and an active member of our community. Throughout the COVID-19 quarantine, she has been personally delivering and managing volunteers to deliver groceries to those in need.