Israel Programs

What We Fund

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh funds non-profits in Israel that provide social services, including organizations that make an impact in the following areas:

  • Children needing extra support
  • Special needs populations
  • Ethiopian community
  • Human and food security needs
  • Shared society
  • Economic development
  • Jewish education

Children Needing Extra Support

Educating for Excellence

Working in partnership with schools, families, municipality and community to provide underprivileged youth with the resources and support necessary to unlock their potential and succeed in life.

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ELI: Israel Association for Child Protection

Highly-trained therapists working with the “surrogate parents” in The Karmiel Children’s Village.

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Kibbutz Eshbal

A boarding school for children who need extra support with therapeutic horseback riding.

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Serving youth from the margins of society, helping them leave the circles of crime and distress, providing holistic answers to enable them to change their life story.

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The Children’s Village in Karmiel

Where children who have been removed from their homes by court order can live in group homes with “parents” who care for them and provide all of their needs.

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Yemin Orde Youth Village

Boarding school for children who need extra support and new immigrant high school students.

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Special Needs Populations

Beit Issie Shapiro

Smart Snoezelen: Offering innovative multi-sensory environments to treat children with disabilities.

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Israel Elwyn

Employment training and career development for individuals with disabilities from Karmiel & Misgav integrating in the competitive job market.

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Jordan River Village

Unique overnight camp for children living with chronic, serious or life- threatening illnesses and disorders as well as children with disabilities.

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A kibbutz in Misgav Regional Council and a home for life for adults with special needs.

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Sunrise Israel

Providing critically needed programming for Israeli children with cancer and their siblings.

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Ethiopian Community

Ethiopian National Project

ENP SPACE in Karmiel and Tirat Carmel provides 7th-12th grade Ethiopian-Israelis and 20% non-Ethiopian-Israelis with a holistic support system.

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La’Ofek – Hope for the Future לאופק אחותנו

Achotenu – Academic nurses training program for Ethiopian-Israelis.

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Food & Human Security Needs

American Friends of Leket Israel

Addressing both nutritional insecurity and unnecessary waste in the agricultural sector.

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ERAN – Emotional First Aid by Telephone & Internet

Providing accessible emotional crisis and suicide prevention services online and by phone in Hebrew, Russian, English, or Arabic.

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JDC – Hesed Centers (Moldova)

Ensures the well being of low/no-income Jewish seniors by providing life-saving care, including home care, food, medicine, winter relief, and emergency assistance.

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Latet Israeli Humanitarian Aid

Nutritional security food bank in Karmiel, helping families in temporary economic crises.

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Michal Sela Forum

Saving lives and preventing domestic violence against women through innovation and technology.

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Providing nutritious sandwiches to children from financially underprivileged and dysfunctional families in schools in Karmiel and the Lower Galilee region.

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Tozeret Haaretz Young Communities – Repair Patrol

Teams of volunteer basic home repairs, improving the quality of life for Karmiel welfare residents in need.

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United Hatzalah of Israel

Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit treating traumatized or disoriented people in the chaos of an emergencies such as sudden death or multiple victim tragedies.

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Shared Society

Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools

Promoting and strengthening a culture of pluralism, tolerance, and a better understanding of shared existence in the Galilee region among teachers.

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Hand in Hand

Network of integrated, bilingual schools for Jewish and Arab children in Israel.

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Merchavim: The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel

Placing Arab teachers in Jewish Schools, where there is a teacher shortage and ensuring their successful integration.

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Economic Development

Ayalim Association

Student program for social-activism in Karmiel.

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itworks is a non-profit organization that works to narrow employment gaps and promote diversity in Israel’s booming high-tech industry.

Vocational Training and Job Placement for Single Mothers.

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Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Addressing the issue of low-wage, unskilled employment that perpetuates poverty in the Haredi community, by cultivating the employability of yeshiva students.

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Jewish Education

HaShomer HaChadash

Zionist organization focusing on our collective obligation to take responsibility for the land of Israel, and the land in Israel.

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JAFI – Mechinat (Karmiel)

Providing Israeli high school graduates with opportunities for leadership training before they enter the IDF.

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JAFI – Selah Absorption Center (Karmiel)

A 10-month academic and army preparatory course and Aliyah program for recent high school graduates from the former Soviet Union (FSU) who immigrate to Israel on their own or prior to their parents.

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JFNA – Israel Religious Expression Platform

Promote meaningful change to the religion-state status quo and advance religious freedom in Israel.

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Lauder Morasha School

The only Jewish School in Warsaw.

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Your support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Helps Jews in Need Around the World

  • Strengthening Connections with Israel and Global Jewish Peoplehood
  • Promoting Aliyah (Immigration to Israel)
  • Strengthening Civil Society in Israel

Joint Distribution Committee
Joint Distribution Committee
In 70 countries, JDC lifts lives and strengthens Jewish communities, rescues Jews in danger, provides aid to vulnerable Jews, develops innovative solutions to Israel's most complex social challenges, cultivates a Jewish future in Jewish communities around the world, and leads the Jewish community's response to crisis.
JAFI image of family in front of their damaged home
Jewish Agency for Israel
JAFI provides the global framework for Aliyah, ensures global Jewish safety, strengthens Jewish identity and connects Jews to Israel and one another, and conveys the voice of the Jewish People to the State of Israel to help shape its society.
The Partnership2Gether program connects Jews from Pittsburgh, Karmiel and Misgav in the Galilee, and Warsaw, strengthening their connection with each other, to Israel and to Jewish peoplehood.


Kim Salzman
Kim Salzman
Director, Israel & Overseas Planning & Impact