Press Releases

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

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

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

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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

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

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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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Celebrates the State of Israel's 70th Anniversary at Yom Ha'atzmaut

The state of Israel is turning 70, and Pittsburgh is invited to the party. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a community-wide celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, the 70th Independence Day of Israel, on April 19. It’s from 4-8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. All events will be outdoors, weather…

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Two Israeli High School Grads Volunteer at Jewish Institutions in Pittsburgh through the Jewish Federation's Shinshinim Program

Through the generous support of a local, private family foundation and in partnership with the Jewish Agency of Israel (JAFI), the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will be bringing two 18-year-old Israelis to Pittsburgh for a year of service beginning August 2018.  The “Shinshinim” program (derived from “shnat sherut” in Hebrew that translates to “a…

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Partners with Jewish Communal Security Team to Lead Active Threat Drill

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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Jewish Early Childhood Educators from Pittsburgh Studied Educational Philosophy in Reggio Emilia, Italy

12 Jewish early childhood educators just returned to Pittsburgh from a study seminar, Exploring Reggio through a Jewish Lens, in Italy (October 19 -29). The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings, as possessing strong potentials for development and as subjects of rights who learn…

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South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh to Transition from the Jewish Federation to the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC) are pleased to announce that South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh will transition from the Jewish Federation to the JCC. South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh (SHJP) launched in July 2014. Private donors funded SHJP with the help of the Jewish Federation to strengthen the…

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Hires Sara Spanjer as Young Adult Division Director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announces the hire of Sara Spanjer as Young Adult Division director. In this position, Ms. Spanjer will focus her efforts on leadership development and manage all fundraising activities related to the Young Adult Division, including cultivation and solicitation of donors ages 22–45. Ms. Spanjer’s first day at the Jewish Federation…

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Our Next Act, Jewish Federation's Annual Meeting, Will Report and Preview Community-Empowered Initiatives

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will present highlights of the past year at its Thursday, Aug. 31, annual meeting, with the theme “Our Next Act.” The show will star Pittsburgh’s Jewish community: its collective accomplishments through the Jewish Federation in 2016–2017 and a preview of the initiatives that are in the wings. The meeting…

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Jewish Federation Donors Give $26 Million to Benefit Human Services, Community Programs and Planning

Donors giving through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will provide more than $26 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2017–18. The allocations, announced by the Federation’s Board of Directors, will support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the world. The Federation raised funds for the allocations…

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