The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus closely with support from our national organizations and from local government. In making decisions about travel, our topmost concern is the safety and health of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, in our Partnership2Gether community in Poland and throughout Israel. Although we cannot know for sure what will transpire in the next couple of months, we want to proceed with caution and to plan ahead as much as possible.
As the central organizing body for the Jewish community, we have been in touch with our eight main beneficiary agencies to ensure that everyone shares contingency plans and best practices. Our Jewish Community Security team continues to coordinate with first responders and has been in close touch with the Allegheny County Department of Health. The Jewish Federation’s Jewish Life and Learning team has reached out to area synagogues. We are also reaching out to support other faith communities and diverse communities, building on our relationships through the Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC).
Our eight beneficiary agencies—the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC), Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA), Jewish Residential Services (JRS), the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center (Hillel JUC), Community Day School (CDS), Hillel Academy and Yeshiva Schools—are working together to ensure you remain safe and healthy with as minimal service interruptions as possible. Each of our agencies receives expert advice from one or more national organizations, and we also have guidance from Jewish Federations of North America. For overseas Jewish communities, we are in contact with our partners the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
The Jewish Federation typically funds or runs many travel opportunities to Israel and to other Jewish communities around this time of year. We have already postponed the CRC’s Alternative Spring Break college trip to Israel. We have not made a final decision as to whether other trips will continue as planned, but we will be back in touch as soon as we feel we can make an informed decision. Please see the landing pages for each trip for the latest updates.
Jewish Federation is the heart of Jewish Pittsburgh. We are here to help in any way we can, and you can rest assured that Jewish organizations here are doing everything possible to keep you safe, healthy and informed.