Archive for June 2017

Jewish Federation Donors Give $26 Million to Benefit Human Services, Community Programs and Planning

Donors giving through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will provide more than $26 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2017–18. The allocations, announced by the Federation’s Board of Directors, will support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the world. The Federation raised funds for the allocations…

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Response to New Developments in Israel

I returned from Israel on Thursday having participated in the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Board of Governors (BOG) meetings. JAFI is our overseas partner and essentially the arm of Federation in Israel. These meetings made the international media because on Sunday, the Government of Israel made two very important and divisive decisions: The Government…

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Government of Israel's Actions on Sunday

Dear Friends, We are writing today from Israel, where we have been attending the Board of Governors Meetings of The Jewish Agency for Israel, one of the Federation system’s longtime overseas partners. As you may have read, the Government of Israel made two unexpected decisions on Sunday, which — unless reversed or significantly modified —…

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Onward Israel: Gabriel Kaufman

My name is Gabriel Kaufman and I grew up in a small town called Jenkintown right outside of Philadelphia. Approximately 5 minutes from my house is Cheltenham High school: both Benjamin Netanyahu and Lil Dicky, two notorious tzaddikim, attended this High School. Although Cheltenham and much of the surrounding area is very Jewish, my town…

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Onward Israel: Nika

I’m Nika and I’m an upcoming Sophomore at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. I study Environmental Engineering and am interning at Zalul—a small water protection organization that combines legislation and activism. Being at Zalul has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was worried at school that perhaps Environmental Engineering wouldn’t be as…

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So Much to Celebrate

Last night, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh held its final Board meeting for this term. We took the opportunity to look back at our accomplishments over the last two years. We are really proud to have launched our Jewish Community Security Director position and have been impressed with all that he has accomplished in…

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Onward Israel: Emma

Shalom from Israel! I’m Emma and I go to the University of Pittsburgh. I’m a junior Chemistry major and my internship this summer is working in an Organic Chemistry lab at Bar Ilan University. How fitting! The process of finding an internship for me was exciting and also nerve wracking. I heard back from multiple…

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Onward Israel: Arielle Herzberg

Hi my name is Arielle and I am an incoming Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and on the pre-Physical Therapy track. I am interning at Tel Aviv University in the Physical Therapy Department as a lab assistant. When I thought about coming to Israel to get work experience it was a…

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Jewish Federation Honors the Best Educators

Sunday morning, the Federation will honor Unsung Jewish Heroes. These Unsung Heroes are some of the best Jewish educators from throughout our region who inspire and instill a strong Jewish identity in our community’s youth. This program, which was instituted by the Agency for Jewish Learning, now sits within the Federation’s Jewish Education and Engagement…

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