Aish's mission is to urgently awaken and empower the Jewish people to end assimilation and to fulfill their destiny of Tikkun Olam (fixing the world). To this end, Aish HaTorah is guided by core principles and values:

  • Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to one's own pace and interest


  • Every Jew is worthy of profound respect, no matter their level of observance, knowledge or affiliation.


  • Mitzvot (commandments) are not rituals, but opportunities for personal growth, to be studied and understood.


  • Torah is wisdom for living, teaching us how to maximize our potential and pleasure in life.


  • Each Jew is responsible one for another. Unified, no goal is beyond our reach; splintered, almost no goal is attainable.


  • We act with urgency to confront the spiritual and physical challenges facing the Jewish people. 


  • Through the power of free will, every individual can change the world - and each of us is responsible to get the job done. 


  • The Jewish people's history and destiny are to serve as a light unto the nations. Torah ideas have civilized the world and can continue to do so, if the Jewish people continue to accept the challenge.

In spearheading Aish Ignite Pittsburgh, Rabbi Seth and Lisa Cook are committed to strengthening Jewish identity among Pittsburgh's young Jewish population with the hope of building a new generation of leaders who will remain dedicated to the growth and vibrancy of our community.