Jeff Finkelstein

What a Men's Philanthropy Event! And Pittsburgh Jews in the National Spotlight – again!

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, November 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

Last night, we held an incredibly successful, first ever, Men’s Night Out event.  A crowd beyond our expectations came out to hear ESPN star Herm Edwards.  The evening was fun and inspirational as we talked openly and directly about the needs of our Jewish community and the ways that these men can make a difference. […]

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The GA – Our Impact in Action

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, November 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

In my message last week, I mentioned that I was going to be at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.  The GA made international news with a panel discussion with two Jewish Supreme Court Justices, a session with Marlee Matlin “speaking” about inclusion for individuals with special needs, a live video […]

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Sharing Pittsburgh with the Broader Jewish Community at the GA – Something to Be Proud Of!

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, November 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Sunday is the beginning of the three-day Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.  Volunteer and professional leaders from all 153 Jewish Federations and 300 Network communities from throughout North America, along with representatives of both national and international Jewish agencies, will be on site to learn, network and be inspired. We are really proud […]

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Outreach – Connecting to those who've left their native land

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, October 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

I am writing on Thursday night having just left Buffalo Blues in Shadyside.  Our Shalom Pittsburgh(the Federation’s outreach programming arm for 22-45 year olds) effort holds lots of bar nights for our young adults.  I have been to many.  This week, four of our community efforts to reach out and engage Jewish young adults joined forces […]

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Remembering Mollie

By Jeff Finkelstein / Tuesday, October 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

Sunday, I carried the coffin and helped fill the grave of my last remaining grandparent.  My father’s mother died at the age of 98 on Simchat Torah.  She was the youngest and the last living of 11 children born in Rumania.  She lived those early years without running water or electricity.  She emigrated to this country, […]

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Home Away from Home

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, October 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

Earlier this week, our Federation staff divided up and went to three of our local agencies:  Riverview Towers, the Jewish Association on Aging and the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry of Jewish Family and Children’s Service.  At each site, we volunteered our time to assist clients.  This was all part of our effort to kick […]

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What an Impact!

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 19, 2014 / 0 Comments

At the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday night, we announced our financial achievements for the year. Our Campaign goal of $13.5 million, the highest ever for our community, was attained. Our Foundation, now with over $200 million under management, added over $18 million. Our work to raise Educational Improvement Tax Credit […]

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A Sweet and Prosperous Time of Year

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

On Sunday, Shalom Pittsburgh will hold its Fourth Annual Apples & Honey Festival, in Schenley Park. Literally hundreds show up every year for this great program. If you have a young family or grandchildren in town, you don’t want to miss this. If you know of a young Jewish family that would like a Jewish program that […]

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Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Lazeh

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, September 5, 2014 / 0 Comments

A fabulous JCC with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, seniors playing mahj, a preschool with adorable children, and a memorial to the Holocaust. A day school with Hebrew words and Judaica covering the walls. A gorgeous facility for seniors, with shared kitchen facilities in every unit. I could be describing our Pittsburgh Jewish community’s renowned institutions. In […]

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