Identicom was an annual symposium that brought nationally recognized Jewish thinkers to Pittsburgh to discuss pressing issues facing the American Jewish community.
The Y-IKC and the American Jewish Committee-Pittsburgh Chapter jointly developed the Identicom symposium in 1971 and 1972. The National Council of Jewish Women-Pittsburgh Section joined the planning process in 1973, and the Jewish Home for the Aged Ladies Auxiliary joined in 1974. The symposium was held at Y-IKC facilities in Oakland and Squirrel Hill and was made free to the public through an anonymous donor.
The 1971 symposium focused on “The Jewish Family” and featured Dr. Leonard J. Fein, Dr. Henry Maier, Norman L. Paul, Dr. Marshall Sklare, Frank Mankiewicz, and Milton Himmelfarb. The 1972 symposium focused on “Jewish Institutional Life” and featured Milton Himmelfarb and Dr. Daniel Elazar. The 1973 symposium focused on “Jewish Community Identity” and featured Dr. David Sidorsky. The 1974 symposium focused on “Jewish Security” and featured Norman Podhoretz and Richard Maass.