Change is so hard. What one is accustomed to (a house, a building, a route to work, etc) becomes ingrained into our memories and into our actions. Yesterday morning, as an example, my intention when leaving my house was to stop to buy a cup of coffee on my way to work. Without thinking, I…

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At a Federation program last night, Arielle di Porto, the Director of the Aliyah Division of the Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke about her work in helping Jews from areas of the world under distress and/or danger escape to Israel. The Jewish Agency’s efforts in this area are extraordinary and life-saving. They are monitoring the…

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First Responders, professional staff and volunteers will participate in an Active Threat Drill in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (JCC) on January 25 at 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and coordinated by its Director of Community Security, Brad Orsini, the drill will test various aspects of…

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The Jewish population of Pittsburgh has grown to 47,600 according to a new study the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will release at 5:30pm on February 20 at Rodef Shalom. The Pittsburgh Jewish Community Study covers topics related to Jewish life and needs in the Greater Pittsburgh area Jewish community. Other key findings include the…

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Ethiopian Society

Ethiopian National Project ENP SPACE in Karmiel and Tirat CarmelENP SPACE (School Performance and Community Empowerment) provides 7th-12th grade Ethiopian-Israelis and 20% non-Ethiopian-Israelis with a holistic support system that combines scholastic, social, emotional and nutritional interventions. ENP works as Federation’s arm alongside the Ethiopian-Israeli community; it is a grassroots initiative that aims to advance excellence…

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Shared Society

Akko Center for Arts & Technology Beauty Education in IsraelA-CAT, the first center of its kind in Israel, offers courses and workshops in a range of art and technology subjects, in a unique educational setting. This program offers beauty courses to establish home-based small businesses for Arab and Jewish women including Nail Building and Makeup…

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Jewish Identity

HaShomer HaChadash COVID-19 National Course of Action to Prevent Food Shortage in IsraelHaShomer HaChadash is a Zionist organization focusing on our collective obligation to take responsibility for the land of Israel, and the land in Israel. HaShomer HaChadash educates thousands of people on the spiritual, historical and strategic importance of the physical land of Israel.…

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People with Disabilities

Beit Issie Shapiro Smart Snoezelen: Offering Innovative Multi-Sensory Environments to Treat Children with DisabilitiesBeit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually. Beit Issie’s Smart Snoezelen integrates cutting-edge technology to offer…

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Youth At Risk

Ayalim Association Student Program for Social-Activism in KarmielAyalim promotes social development in Israel’s social and geographical peripheries by building student villages throughout the Negev and Galilee. The Ayalim student village in Karmiel was constructed in 2010 and houses 30 students and 6 volunteers who are part of the village community. The village was established in…

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Food and Human Security

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or “The Joint”) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. Humanitarian Assistance for Needy Jewish Elderly in Moldova Through its Hesed center in Moldova, the JDC ensures the well being of needy Jewish elderly…

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December 25, 2017 – A volunteer serves meals on Mitzvah Day at Riverview Towers so regular staff can be home for the holiday. – Photo by Josh Franzos Federation’s Mitzvah Day was an unbelievable success by all measures: number of volunteers, number of organizations impacted and numbers of people helped by our volunteers. For those that have…

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