Archive for April 2016

Chag Sameach

We are still in the midst of the holiday of Passover, celebrating the freedom of the Jewish people.  I write to you today about a program taking place next Thursday that commemorates one of the most tragic chapters in Jewish history – the Shoah (the Holocaust). Yom HaShoah will be commemorated on Thursday, May 5th at 7 pm…

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First Pittsburgh Appearance of New Education Director, Presentation of the Grinspoon Award: Unsung Jewish Heroes Celebration to Honor 20 Local Educators and Highlight the Latest in Community Education

The purpose of the Unsung Jewish Heroes celebration, Sunday, May 22, 5 p.m., is to sing the praises of individuals who provide outstanding Jewish education. The event, presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, will include the presentation of Unsung Jewish Heroes Awards to 20 local educators from early childhood centers and day and…

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Celebrating 20 Years of Partnership2Gether Connection Between Pittsburgh and Karmiel-Misgav: Federation's Israel Week, May 8-15, Marks Israel's Independence with Special Guests and Activities for All Ages

This year Pittsburgh’s Jewish community can take an extra measure of hometown pride in the annual observance of Israel’s independence: In addition to being the year of Israel’s 68th birthday, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of The Burgh’s sister-city relationship with Karmiel-Misgav, in Israel. To mark both occasions, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether…

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Award-Winning Scholar Daniel Gordis to Speak at Federation's Annual Campaign Thank You Event

At 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Daniel Gordis, Ph.D. — senior vice president and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, Jerusalem — will speak at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Campaign Thank You event. The event is held in appreciation of donors who have given $1,000 or more to the…

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Big Data

We read often about how companies are using “Big Data”.  Every time you go to a website and search for an item to buy, that same item seems to appear on other website you visit as an advertisement.  Every month, I seem to receive a booklet of coupons from Giant Eagle and guess what, it’s…

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Jewish Community Foundation's Annual Investment Meeting Will Spotlight Foundation Assets and Economic Prospects

The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh invites current and prospective Foundation fundholders to its third annual investment meeting and breakfast. The event will be Monday, May 9, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh 15217. A light breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. The meeting,…

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Shabbat Shalom: Friday, April 1, 2016

Concurrently, in one 2 hour block on Tuesday morning, three meetings took place involving Federation volunteers and staff.  I think it can gives a good snapshot or sense into some of what we are working on to support our community. 1.  David Bernstein, the new Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (the…

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