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2018 Jewish Federation Annual Meeting | August 30, 2018 | 7-9 PM | Kelly Strayhorn Theater


Connect with the ideas of three innovative guest speakers, celebrate community leaders and update your view of Jewish Pittsburgh. In a venue and format new to this event, gain insights to propel your world at home, at work, and in the community.
7:00-8:00 PM: Presentation
8:00-9:00 PM: Dessert reception • dietary laws observed

Online registration cost: $10
Online registration is available until noon, Monday, Aug. 27.

Walk-in registration cost: $20
Walk-in registration opens Aug. 30 at 6:30 PM.

Valet parking available.

Sign-language interpretation and a large-print program provided. The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish community. If you need a disability-related accommodation, call 412.992.5251.

The annual meeting is underwritten by a grant from the Lillian and Dr. Henry J. Goldstein Annual Meeting Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Foundation.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Connect With the Ideas of Innovative Guest Speakers

The Jewish Federation proudly presents three innovators who offer creative ideas within the Jewish world and beyond.

Eric FingerhutEric Fingerhut
President & CEO of Hillel International
Washington, D.C.

Energizing a Turnaround:
Moving From Obsolete to Relevant

As a professional in education, ideas have been the currency of Eric Fingerhut’s career. He served as chancellor of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges 2007-11 and corporate vice president of education and STEM Learning at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D organization. Government service complements his career in education. Mr. Fingerhut was a representative in the U.S. Congress (1993-94) and an Ohio state senator (1997-2006). He holds a juris doctorate from Stanford University. Since becoming the leader of Hillel International, in 2013, changes Mr. Fingerhut made have helped the organization transform into the world’s leading Jewish campus organization.

In our professional and personal lives, we all face situations that call for course correction. How to do that successfully? Mr. Fingerhut will offer his multifaceted view.

Nina CardinRabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Community rabbi, educator, author and environmental activist
Baltimore, Md.

Connecting to the Power of Jewish Hospitality

In Baltimore, Rabbi Cardin is known as the Green Rabbi, a testament to her work in faith-based sustainability. Founder of the Baltimore Orchard Project, an initiative to strengthen food accessibility, she is the past chair of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and is helping to draft a state constitutional amendment to protect people’s rights to a healthful environment. Rabbi Cardin has served as a lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, and currently teaches at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, Baltimore. The author of several books, Rabbi Cardin is currently working on a book about sacred hospitality.

How can Jewish hospitality sustain our souls and our community? The Green Rabbi will share her insights.

Jeremy WeisblattRabbi Jeremy Weisblatt
Temple Ohav Shalom
Allison Park, Pa.

Jumping the Gap:
Reaching Out and Re-imagining

As a rabbi of temples in Fredericksburg, Va., and Chicago, Rabbi Weisblatt helped to build young-adult and professional engagement, relaunch interfaith programs and re-imagine Jewish experiences. He added his energy to social justice campaigns and community outreach, inviting his congregations to participate.

In New York City, Rabbi Weisblatt attended The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), from which he was ordained. He is currently in an HUC-JIR doctoral program, where his study focuses on the relationships of Jews to non-Jews, as depicted in Jewish tradition.

We live in a time when reaching across divides may be the only way forward. Rabbi Weisblatt shares his experiences.

To Recognize Community Leaders

Jewish Pittsburgh stands on the shoulders of giants. Learn about and celebrate two of them.

Nancy ZiontsNancy D. Zionts
2018 Recipient, Doris & Leonard H. Rudolph Jewish Communal Professional Award
The Rudolph Award recognizes the exceptional personal and professional commitment of a Jewish communal professional.
Photo: David Bachman
Cynthia ShapiraCynthia D. Shapira
2018 Recipient, Emanuel Spector Memorial Award
The Spector Award, the highest honor presented by the Jewish Federation, recognizes exemplary service to the community.

To Illuminate Community Progress

What impact has your commitment to the Jewish Federation had on Jewish Pittsburgh? How will the community meet future challenges? Jewish Federation leaders will outline answers.

Meryl AinsmanMeryl K. Ainsman
Chair of the Board
Jewish Federation of  Greater Pittsburgh
Photo: Joshua Franzos
Jeffrey H. FinkelsteinJeffrey H. Finkelstein
President & CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Photo: David Bachman
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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Annual Meeting

Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

accessibility friendlyhearing impaired accessibleThe full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. Please discuss accessibility accommodations with the contact person for this event.


Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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