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The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Hires Bradley Orsini as Director of Jewish Community Security

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

 The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh today announced the hiring of Bradley W. Orsini as director of Jewish community security. In this new position, Mr. Orsini will plan, direct and coordinate activities relating to the protection and security of the Jewish Federation and of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community organizations, including day schools, synagogues and Jewish communal […]

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Jewish Federation Community Relations Council Hires Laura Cherner for New Assistant Director Position

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council (CRC) has hired Laura Cherner for the newly created position of assistant director. Cherner’s initial responsibilities include helping the CRC on programs to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel and on the Catholic-Jewish Education Enrichment Program, which seeks to promote understanding between […]

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Jewish Federation to Conduct Community Needs Research Study to Inform Future Program and Service Development

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced a major community-wide study of Jewish life and needs in the greater Pittsburgh area Jewish community. Planning for the study will start immediately. The purpose of the study, the first such effort since 2002, will be to estimate the current number and geographic distribution of individuals and households […]

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Jewish Federation Invites the Community to "See the Good" at it's Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 30th

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, July 25, 2016

Through the year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has invited the community to “Do Good in the ’Burgh and Around the World” by contributing to the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Now the organization invites the community to the Federation’s annual meeting, to see the good that has resulted through Federation participation. The meeting — Tuesday, […]

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Many Happy Campers

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Friday, July 8, 2016

I love this time of year. Sure, the weather is pretty nice and the number of night meetings/events in the Jewish community drops over the summer, but what I really love is seeing Jewish camp updates all over my Facebook feed. From the camp where my son is, to the Jewish camps where my friends’ […]

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Jewish Federation Gives $22 Million to Benefit Human Services, Community Programs and Planning

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will provide more than $22 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2016. The allocations, announced by the Federation’s Board of Directors, will support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the world. The allocations and grants consist of resources from the Federation’s […]

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Three New Staffers Join Federation to Serve Jewish Pittsburgh

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Rachel Lipkin has joined the organization as development associate in charge of the women’s philanthropy of the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Ms. Lipkin earned her master of public administration degree from The Ohio State University. While interning at the Jewish Federation of Columbus, she was […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Presents 2016 Gerald S. Ostrow Volunteer Award to Susan Berman

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has named Susan G. Berman, PhD, the recipient of the Gerald S. Ostrow (z”l) Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes the special efforts of a volunteer leader who has dedicated significant service to the community and has fostered partnerships among the Jewish Federation and its agencies. Dr. Berman […]

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Three Organizations Will Recieve $13,875 in Fourth-Round Funding from Jewish Federation's SteelTree Fund

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $13,875 in fourth-round 2015–16 funding: Community Day School (CDS), The Friendship Circle and Chabad of Pittsburgh. The grant to CDS will fund a new program called Shabbat-in-a-Box. The goal of the program is to engage families with CDS through participation with […]

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Jewish Pittsburgh Heartbroken Over Mass LGBT Shooting in Orlando

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh are incensed and heartbroken over a mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The shooting — which occurred early Sunday, June 12 — left 49 dead and 53 injured. “This is a profound act of […]

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Biblical Scholar and Author Avivah Gottleib Zornberg Makes First Pittsburgh Visit to Present Three-Part Series

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Biblical scholar and author Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D., will visit Pittsburgh for the first time in June and will present three lectures on significant Jewish topics. The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and three synagogues will co-sponsor the lectures. Each lecture will be on a different date and at a […]

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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

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, April 18, 2016

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

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, April 4, 2016

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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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, March 18, 2016

PITTSBURGH – Two Western Pennsylvania champions of diversity — Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — have joined forces to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: 2016 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This fund will promote diverse communities […]

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International Panel Will Present Second Annual Education Day- "Israeli Arabs and Jews: A Shared Society"

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2–4:30 p.m., the four panelists who will present “Israeli Arabs and Jews: A Shared Society,” will suggest constructive approaches to help all members of Israeli society progress together. The program, Pittsburgh’s second annual education day devoted to Israeli Arab issues, will be at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh 15213. The […]

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Three Expert Panelists to Lead "Jewish Pittsburgh and the Refugee Crisis: A Community Conversation"

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pittsburghers will have an opportunity to hear experts’ insight on international and local refugee issues by attending “Jewish Pittsburgh and the Refugee Crisis: A Community Conversation,” 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. The program — to be held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill — will examine whether we […]

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Community Day School's Eileen Freedman Named Recipient of Ira and Nanette Gordon Community Achievement Award

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh named Eileen Freedman, music director at the Community Day School (CDS), the recipient of the 2016 Ira and Nanette Gordon Community Professional Achievement Award. The award, established in 2000, may be given annually to a professional, early in his or her career, who has demonstrated outstanding service to the […]

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Federation Will Welcome Rabbi Amy Bardack as Jewish Education and Capacity-Building Director

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has engaged Rabbi Amy Bardack to serve in a new position, as director of Jewish education and community capacity building. Rabbi Bardack, currently the Judaic studies director, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, will begin her duties in Pittsburgh on July 1, 2016. “This is truly a dream opportunity […]

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