Shabbat Shalom

Share and Celebrate Our Heritage and Identity

Friday, March 10, 2017
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Our Talmud proclaims that “When the month of Adar begins, we increase our joy”. Well, we are now into the month of Adar and one of our great, joyful Jewish holidays, Purim, begins on Saturday night. I encourage everyone to find a place to hear the Purim story by listening to the reading of the […]

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Onward Israel

Inspiring Jewish Journeys

Friday, February 24, 2017
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We just completed a phenomenal week of Snowbirds Events in Florida. With over 200 in combined attendance at three events (Boca Raton, Naples, and Sarasota/Longboat Key). It was great to reconnect with our donors who winter down south. Rabbi Danny Schiff, our Jewish Foundation Scholar, spoke masterfully at all three about the perceived threats facing […]

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Talented Volunteers Begin Work on Community Study

Friday, February 10, 2017
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One of the meetings I attended this week was for the preparation of our upcoming Community Study. A remarkable group of volunteers from academia, technology, business and longtime community leaders invested serious time deliberating and deciding on not only which questions to ask but how to ask them. In fact, there was so much detail […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Life Annoying vs. Life Threatening

Friday, February 3, 2017
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What a challenging week when it comes to one of our basic necessities – water. If you live in or work in the city of Pittsburgh, you may have experienced the so called “flush and boil” order. At our Federation offices, we had to purchase bottled water for our meetings and cover up all our […]

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Events Bring Us Together

Friday, January 27, 2017
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In just a month, the Federation’s Young Adult Division will hold its annual Campaign event entitled “Stand Up for Giving:  Make Pittsburgh Laugh Again”.  Professional comedian, Noah Gardenswartz (who has appeared on Last Comic Standing, Conan and Comedy Central) will be performing.  At the same time, we will be highlighting the miraculous work accomplished by […]

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Inspired and Energized

Friday, January 6, 2017
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I haven’t written in several weeks and during that period our Federation has had a ton of activity. Our Annual Campaign crossed $7 Million, making this one of the quickest paced campaigns in my 18 years here. December resulted in millions of dollars in contributions to our Foundation. The cash donations we have been working […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Community Study Kickoff

Friday, December 2, 2016
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This was an exciting week as we kicked off the process to conduct our Jewish community’s first community study since 2002. Yes, it will give us demographics, but more importantly, it will tell us trends and help us—and by us I mean every Jewish institution and synagogue—to plan accordingly. This project is being fully funded […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

It's About Unity, Not Uniformity

Friday, November 18, 2016
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This week, the Jewish Federations of North America held its annual General Assembly in Washington, DC. This GA, as it is commonly called, was really special for those of us from Pittsburgh. It was chaired by Cindy and David Shapira and we brought a great delegation of 42 participants, the largest in my time in […]

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Encouraging Developments for Israel

Friday, November 4, 2016
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It’s been a week filled with Israel for me. The beginning of the week I was in Jerusalem for the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors meeting. The Jewish Agency (JAFI) is our largest recipient of dollars from our Annual Campaign. Their work around the world is nothing less than stunning. While much of […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Stay Connected – Stay Informed

Friday, October 21, 2016
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Much of our Federation’s communications are handled through social media, such as Facebook. These platforms allow us to quickly and quite often, communicate about things happening in our community and our Jewish world. If you are not on Facebook or if you do not follow the Federation on Facebook, you may have missed these few […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Opportunities and Challenges in the New Year

Friday, September 30, 2016
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Opportunities and challenges. That’s what I see as we close one Jewish year and enter another. It’s the same every year. We have to look at where we can make a positive impact while also keeping an eye on pressures that can work against us as a Jewish community and as a Jewish people. As […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Apples & Honey for Everyone

Friday, September 23, 2016
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This Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Shalom Pittsburgh program that conducts outreach and engagement to young adults will hold its 6th Annual Apples and Honey Festival in Schenley Park. The weather forecast looks absolutely fantastic. For those coming in from the South Hills – traffic should be much lighter than it has been […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

International Lion of Judah Conference

Friday, September 16, 2016
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This past week, I had the experience of being surrounded by women who are inspired to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I traveled to Washington, DC with a group of 20 women from our community to be a part of the International Lion of Judah Conference, which convenes more than 1,300 women […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Unity — Not Uniformity

Friday, September 9, 2016
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Five members of Knesset (MK’s) have been in Pittsburgh for the last day. They came as part of a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (one of our main overseas partners) and the Jewish Federations of North America in order to expose Israeli lawmakers to Jewish North American life. They visited Toronto, Cleveland and […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

A Magical Meeting

Friday, September 2, 2016
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We had a magical Annual meeting this year. Just as we do every year, we honored over 35 volunteers from organizations and synagogues. These individual dedicate their time and talent to strengthen those institutions and to help further their missions. In the end, each helps us reach more Jews and serve their needs. In addition […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Renewed Beginnings

Friday, August 26, 2016
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In just a few weeks, several members of Knesset will be traveling to Pittsburgh as part of a delegation of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America. They will visit Toronto and Detroit, in addition to Pittsburgh. The goal of this journey is to educate Knesset members about our Jewish […]

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Annual Life Changing Work

Friday, August 5, 2016
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This week, I am proud that Jessica Smith, our Director of Campaign and Financial Resource Development, has asked to share thoughts about an experience she had this summer: The interesting thing about the Annual Campaign is that it is, by its very nature, ANNUAL. It is cyclical. It is virtually, the same each and every […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Panoply of Passions

Friday, July 15, 2016
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I’ve been writing pretty much weekly for the last 12 years. I enjoy taking a little bit of time as Shabbat approaches to reflect on what I experience and to share my impressions and thoughts about our Federation, our Jewish community and our Jewish world. Often times, I receive feedback, luckily, almost always positive. It’s […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Je Suis Juif

Friday, July 1, 2016
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I spent about 5 1/2 days in France this past week. The first few days were spent in Sarcelles as part of a seminar for a group of Federation CEO’s and the second part was in Paris as a participant in the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meetings. I learned a tremendous amount […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Building Community

Friday, June 17, 2016
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The Federation’s Vision Statement exclaims that we are striving “to build a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community”.  Another way to say that is we are trying to build a strong Jewish community. This past Saturday night, we were able to build community by bringing the diversity of our community together for our annual Tikkun […]

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