Steel City Jews:
Pittsburgh was called by various observers “Hell with the Lid On” and “Hell with the Lid Off.” It was a city rich in contrasts and rich in its history. And amid the swirling currents that made up the vibrant flow of the city’s life, navigated the Jews, an immigrant group that began settling in the region in the 1840's. More >

A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh
The video is a panorama of the Pittsburgh Jewish community from its founding in the 1840's up through the present time. Drawing on various Pittsburgh personalities and archival material the film focuses on the founding fathers, the wave of Eastern Europeans who settled on the Hill, war and depression, the Soviet Jewish migration to Pittsburgh in the 1980's up to the present.


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Steel City Jews is available for purchase at Borders Book Stores, Barns & Noble,, the Heinz Regional History Center, Pinskers in Squirrel Hill or call: 1.800- Judaism (583-2476) The book sells for $24.95, but with the DVD A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh for $29.95.

Barbara S. Burstin, Ph.D. teaches on the American Jewish Experience at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She is a much sought after speaker and has created and directed a film on the history of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh entitled: A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh which was nominated for a regional Emmy Award.