Press Releases

Thinking Locally Can Have Global Results

Al Noor Mosque

One role of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh—and Jewish Federations in most cities in the U.S. and Canada—is to offer the Jewish community a trusted way to give money to help in crises around the world. Pittsburgh Jewish donors have helped in crisis situations as diverse as attacks against Israel, the earthquake in Nepal…

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Statement on New Zealand Islamophobic Attack

Al Noor Mosque, New Zealand

The Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community was shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific Islamophobic attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday resulting in the senseless murder of at least 49 people. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch, in Pittsburgh, and around the world. “Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the devastating…

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Victims of Terror Update & Goals

Stronger Together

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

Stronger Together

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

Community Campaign Now More Than Everr

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

Stronger Together

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

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha

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

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha

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

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

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 Recieves National Award; A $36,000 Grant for Giving Voice to World's Most Underserved Populations

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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