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Statement from the Independent Distribution Committee for the Victims of Terror Fund

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Friday, February 22, 2019

The committee is working toward completing its initial work by late February and plans to issue a statement at that time.

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Mayim’s Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, February 13, 2019

To support the Pittsburgh Jewish community, Mayim visited with several organizations, including The Tree of Life synagogue, where a tragic massacre occurred on October 27th.

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Victims of Terror Update & Goals

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Sunday, January 20, 2019

Since our last update December 7, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has continued to focus on three goals: Helping the families of victims, those who were injured and the many people traumatized by the attack Bringing the community together to mourn and to begin the healing process Making sure we remain safe and secure […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Denounces Hate Materials Distributed in Squirrel Hill Neighborhood

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, December 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA—This weekend, hate materials were distributed in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Jeff Finkelstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation made these comments: “These anti-Semitic and racist fliers targeted both the Jewish and African American communities. This is a prime example of how hateful people don’t only hate one group of people. The Jewish […]

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Updates on Our Relief Efforts

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Friday, December 7, 2018

Dear Jewish Community Members, The tragic attack of Oct. 27 saddened and horrified us. With our hearts still heavy with the burden that this anti-Semitic act of terror inflicted on Jewish Pittsburgh, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh moved immediately to help. Fortunately, thanks to your amazing past support, our Federation and Jewish institutions all […]

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Jewish Federation Establishes Committee to Disburse More than $4 Million to Aid Victims of Terror

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA—The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Board of Trustees yesterday approved the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Relief Fund to manage the Victims of Terror Fund distribution. Charged with overseeing and allocating the funds collected in response to the tragedy at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash and New Light congregations, the committee agreed to […]

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Letter to Mayor of Thousand Oaks, CA

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, November 12, 2018

PDF of Letter to Mayor of Thousand Oaks, CA Letter to Thousand Oaks Nov 9 2018

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Jewish Federation Statement on the Tragedy at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh joins the entire Pittsburgh community in mourning the people in our city killed and injured in the senseless violence today at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation. Jeff Finkelstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation made these comments: “Today our city, which has ordinarily been among the most safe and secure […]

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Community Invited to Interfaith Vigil, 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Saturday, October 27, 2018

The entire Pittsburgh community will gather for an interfaith vigil and gathering at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood at 5 p.m. “At this time of grief, coming together as a community offers us some comfort and solace. We hope that being together will strengthen our bonds at this difficult time,” said Jeffrey Finkelstein, […]

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Shooting at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh joins the entire Pittsburgh community in mourning the people in our city killed and injured in the senseless violence today at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation. Read the full press release.

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Jewish Federation’s Steeltree Fund Grants $12,000 to Three Organizations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $12,200 for graduate students, a women’s study retreat and a graphic novel about the Holocaust. The funding came as part of the first of four rounds for 2018–19 from SteelTree, the Federation’s micro-grant program. SteelTree board members funded the Jewish […]

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Get a Chance to Throw Out the First Pitch at a Pirates Game for Jewish Heritage Night, August 16

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Have you ever imagined standing on the mound like Sandy Koufax (or, you know, pick a modern equivalent), staring down the batter, game on the line, fingers gripping a fastball–? Well, this isn’t quite like that. But it’s the same mound, same home plate! Now you can throw out the first pitch at a Pirates […]

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Jewish Federation Raises Record Amount to Benefit Human Services, Community Programs and Planning

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, June 25, 2018

Donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will provide almost $28 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2018–19. The allocations, announced by the Federation’s Board of Directors, will support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the world. The Jewish Federation raised funds for the allocations through […]

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Pittsburgh Local, Peyton Klein Receives National Award; A $36,000 Grant for Giving Voice to World's Most Underserved Populations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

One of 15 recipients across the country, 16-year-old Peyton Klein of Taylor Allderdice High School was awarded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award last week for her creation of the Global Minds Initiative. The program combats the issues of cultural intolerance, ignorance and discrimination through one-on-one after school tutoring and activities with English as a Second Language […]

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Vibrant Pittsburgh and Urban Affairs Foundation Offer Mini Grants to Strengthen Civic Engagement Among the Region's Diverse Community-based Organizations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Friday, June 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Two Western Pennsylvania champions of diversity — Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — have joined forces to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: 2018 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This fund will promote diverse […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to Host Civil Rights Symposium on Hate Crimes

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Friday, May 25, 2018

Pittsburghers have a chance to learn about hate speech and hate crimes that occur right here in western Pennsylvania at an upcoming civil rights discussion sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The event will occur on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 7-8:30 pm at Congregation Rodef Shalom located at 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Signs Lease at 2000 Technology Drive

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh yesterday signed a 10-year lease at 2000 Technology Drive, a building owned by The Silk & Stewart Development Group. The Jewish Federation will occupy 16,925 square feet on the first floor. Financial terms of the deal were unavailable. The Jewish Federation plans to begin buildout when the current tenants […]

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Jewish Federation to Host Celebration! A New Thank-You Event for Donors

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kippalive, Israel’s leading a capella group, will headline CELEBRATION!, a new donor-appreciation event. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present the event to thank donors to the Federation’s 2018 Community Campaign. CELEBRATION! will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh 15222. The night will also feature […]

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Jewish Federation Honors Part-Time Jewish Educator Sharon Serbin with 2018 Harold Grinspoon Award

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, April 30, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will honor part-time educator Sharon Serbin as one of the North American Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education at the June 6th ceremony held at the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA)/ Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh 15217. The Pittsburgh recipient of the 2018 […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's Community Relations Council Condemns Anti-Semitic Remarks by Gateway School Board Director

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) condemns the anti-Semitic remarks made by a member of the Gateway Board of School Directors targeting Rabbi Barbara Symons. We are appalled by the actions of Steve O’Donnell, who has since resigned from the board. On separate occasions Mr. O’Donnell mocked the rabbi’s yarmulke, declined […]

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