Shabbat Shalom

No Overhead Taken from Donations to Hurricane Relief

Friday, September 29, 2017
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One would probably expect me to write about Yom Kippur this week, but I will leave that to our skilled and inspirational Rabbis at our Pittsburgh area synagogues. I had planned to write about last night’s Shore Whitehill Award, an award established by the Federation that “celebrates volunteers who promote the inclusion of people with […]

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L'Shanah Tova

Friday, September 15, 2017
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There is so much I could write in depth about this week. There is a Shabbat dinner taking place tonight for young adults with many of our young adult community programs in collaboration. The Apples and Honey Festival put on by Federation this past Sunday at the Waterfront drew hundreds of families. Our Federation Draft […]

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Organizing Support on All Fronts

Friday, September 8, 2017
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I was speaking yesterday to one of my colleagues from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He had traveled down to Houston as part of the ongoing effort by our national Federation system to help with the clean-up and relief effort there. He shared with us the devastation impacting the Jewish community, both to […]

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That IS Federation

Friday, September 1, 2017
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I have to mention four things that happened this week. I will be brief with all, but I think all deserve mention: Hurricane Harvey – The national Federation system opened a mailbox over the weekend to collect donations to help flood victims including those in the Jewish community. Our Federation, through emergency funds that we […]

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Building Our Future History

Friday, August 25, 2017
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On Tuesday of this week, our entire Federation staff came to work in old t-shirts and shorts for a day of cleaning out. In fact, our garbage and recycling bins are literally overflowing right now. We felt it was important to be able to determine what really needs to be kept, what can be scanned […]

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Invest in the Power of the Collective

Friday, August 11, 2017
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Last Sunday, the Federation’s new Jewish Community Security Director conducted the first of two training session for staff and volunteers of area congregations in preparation for the upcoming High Holidays. Over 100 attended and this Sunday morning at the second session, we are expecting over 90 participants. This newly created position of Security Director, conceptualized […]

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Buncher Family, JDC and Federation: Investing in People

Friday, August 4, 2017
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Wednesday evening, in a small program at the Heinz History Center, a group of us gathered for the launch of the publication of a book entitled Buncher: 25 Years of Investing in People. The Buncher Family from Pittsburgh has been a driving force in Jewish communities around the world in training and cultivating both professional and […]

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Free Books. Free Books!

Friday, July 21, 2017
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Last week’s Jewish Chronicle covered a Jewish Telegraphic Association (JTA) story about the powerful impact of the PJ Library program. Our Federation has been funding this incredible program in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for many years. With over 1,300 current subscribers locally, the impact has been profound. While this article shares nationally aggregated data, we […]

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Our 100 Year Old “Startup”

Friday, July 14, 2017
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Shiny new objects. Babies and even those of us a little older are attracted to shiny new objects. For some of us, it’s the latest piece of technology. For others, it could be a new watch, a new piece of clothing or even a new and exciting person. In philanthropy, many donors like funding the […]

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Response to New Developments in Israel

Friday, June 30, 2017
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I returned from Israel on Thursday having participated in the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Board of Governors (BOG) meetings. JAFI is our overseas partner and essentially the arm of Federation in Israel. These meetings made the international media because on Sunday, the Government of Israel made two very important and divisive decisions: The Government […]

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Government of Israel's Actions on Sunday

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Dear Friends, We are writing today from Israel, where we have been attending the Board of Governors Meetings of The Jewish Agency for Israel, one of the Federation system’s longtime overseas partners. As you may have read, the Government of Israel made two unexpected decisions on Sunday, which — unless reversed or significantly modified — […]

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So Much to Celebrate

Friday, June 23, 2017
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Last night, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh held its final Board meeting for this term. We took the opportunity to look back at our accomplishments over the last two years. We are really proud to have launched our Jewish Community Security Director position and have been impressed with all that he has accomplished in […]

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Jewish Federation Honors the Best Educators

Friday, June 9, 2017
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Sunday morning, the Federation will honor Unsung Jewish Heroes. These Unsung Heroes are some of the best Jewish educators from throughout our region who inspire and instill a strong Jewish identity in our community’s youth. This program, which was instituted by the Agency for Jewish Learning, now sits within the Federation’s Jewish Education and Engagement […]

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Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Friday, May 26, 2017
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I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but with the holiday of Shavuot beginning on Tuesday night, I would be remiss to not again promote our community wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Shavuot celebrates the Jewish people’s receiving of the Torah. Because of that, the tradition is to stay up all night long studying Torah. […]

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Leaving a Legacy

Friday, May 19, 2017
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I want to share a beautiful story about a recent bequest made to our Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation. I asked Brian Eglash, our Federation Chief Development Officer, who worked with the executors of the estate to share this act of tzedakah and appreciation. Recently, we received a bequest from a man who arrived here from […]

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South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh Celebrates Israel

Friday, May 5, 2017
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I attended the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration that was coordinated by our Federation initiative, South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh, at the South Hills JCC. It was fantastic seeing so many young families having fun and celebrating Israel. Every South Hills congregational Rabbi was in attendance. This sense of collaboration in the South Hills is helping the community reach […]

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Celebrate Israel

Friday, April 28, 2017
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“If you will it, it is not a dream.” The above famous words by Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, regarding the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people were written in 1902. Fast forward to next week, and we will be celebrating 69 years since the declaration of the State of Israel. […]

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AgeWell Pittsburgh Wins National 2017 Collaboration Prize

Friday, April 21, 2017
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For this week’s message, I’m going to let two articles tell the story about what our community is able to accomplish when institutions are able to truly put clients’ needs first and collaborate not just to say they collaborate but to really achieve amazing outcomes. According to Kate Dewey, the President of the Forbes Funds, […]

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Pittsburgh Takes Good Deeds Day to a New Level

Friday, March 31, 2017
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Sunday brings the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Volunteer Center’s Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day was started by the Arison family of Israel to encourage individuals to engage in volunteerism on a single day. To give you a sense of its scope and reach, I share with you a quote from the Good Deeds Day […]

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Recognizing the Fruits of Collaboration

Friday, March 24, 2017
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What is collaboration? The dictionary defines it as: “the action of working with someone to produce or create something”. That seems pretty simple to define, yet difficult to pull off successfully. Collaboration like any relationship takes real work. It means sometimes thinking about the other(s) with whom you are collaborating and what their needs may […]

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