Stand With Israel

Coordinated through Jewish Federations of North America, Pittsburgh's Israel Emergency Relief Fund is allocated quickly where it is needed most.

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The Great Lag B’Omer Parade

Sunday, May 26 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Murray Ave & Darlington Ave
A Day of Jewish Unity for Israel.

Show Your Support for Israel

WE STAND WITH ISRAEL lawn signSolidarity Yard Signs

Yard signs are available for free again! Please contact Jenn White at or 412-992-5222 to find a location near you.


cards from Israeli childrenIsrael Cards

Purchase unique greeting cards featuring drawings created by elementary-aged students in Karmiel/Misgav, Pittsburgh's Partnership2Gether region. All proceeds from card sales will be directed to the Israel Relief Fund, supporting critical needs resulting from the war that began with the terror attacks by Hamas on October 7, 2023. Special funding is also being allocated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to Karmiel/Misgav to support vital emergency readiness projects.

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Volunteers From Overseas

In an exceptional move reflecting the important role volunteers are playing in the current crisis, Israel’s National Insurance Institute (the equivalent of America’s Social Security Administration) has announced that it will provide insurance for Israeli expat volunteers who wish to volunteer.

Secon LineSecond Line: Mental Health Professionals

Jewish Federations are partnering with the Israel Ministry of Health, the Israel Trauma Coalition, and Birthright Israel to recruit qualified volunteers to provide in-person and remote support to affected populations and local mental health professionals in Israel. Second Line is prioritizing native Hebrew speakers (and, as a second priority, speakers of French, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Amharic, and Spanish). Volunteers must be able to travel to Israel for six weeks to offer individual and group counseling.

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Birthright IsraelBirthright Israel

Birthright Israel has opened a volunteering program where people from outside of Israel can come to Tel Aviv and take part in food rescue operations to prevent shortages in the Israeli market, including work to sort, pack and distribute goods for distribution.

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MASA_IsraelJourneyMASA Volunteers

Join a 6-week volunteer program in Israel, turning your compassion into action. This program, priced at just $350, offers various dates throughout December, January, and February, making it a flexible choice for anyone looking to make a significant impact.

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Leket Israel

The war has caused a labor shortage in Israeli farms and warehouses. Join the other volunteers in gleaning, sorting and packaging rescued food for the Israelis in need.

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HaShomer HaChadash

HaShomer implements a wide variety of volunteer and educational activities in Israel’s agricultural and open spaces, serving the diversity of Israeli society. Volunteers are in high demand now that large portions of the work force have been called to to serve in the IDF.

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World Zionish OrganizationMy Home is Your Home

Do you have an apartment in Israel? One of the most important and expensive challenges is finding housing for the residents of the communities surrounding Gaza and the North, who overnight became refugees in their country. Those who wish to offer their apartment will sign a contract with the World Zionist Organization. The contract itself will detail the commitment of the World Zionist Organization to ensure the return of the apartment in the same condition that it was delivered.

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Medical Volunteers for Israel

The Israeli Ministry of Health is building a list of medical personnel from abroad to volunteer in Israel should the need arise. Friends of Israel are invited to add their names to their growing community of medical personnel who stand with Israel. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics licensed abroad can join Medical Volunteers for Israel using the Ministry of Health’s online form, to ensure pre-clearance of medical licenses.

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Emergency Volunteers Project

EVP is fully approved to placing life-saving personnel from the diaspora into the thick of the action whenever and wherever Israel needs it most. Our volunteers come from across the world united together in the mission to save lives in Israel.

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Pittsburgh doctor Allan Tissenbaum travels to Israel to help those in need. Watch story on →.


Blue Ribbons for IsraelJewish Federations of North America, the parent organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has launched the Blue Ribbons for Israel campaign in solidarity with hostages and their families.

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Call for the Release of the Hostages

Kidnapped Kfir - 9 months oldBe part of the international movement to raise awareness of the civilian hostages that were taken on October 7, 2023 and remain in captivity.

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Vigil for Israel Oct. 19, 2023Hundreds Gather in Support of Israel at Oakland Vigil - Oct. 19, 2023

Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and co-sponsored by dozens of local organizations, the event drew elected officials, faith leaders, and community members. Lt. Gov. Austin Davis spoke about the importance of communities coming together in times of pain. Other politicians in attendance included State Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala, and Allegheny County Controller Corey O’Connor. Clergy members led prayers and liturgy, emphasizing moral clarity and Israel's right to exist.

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Messages to Israel


Debbie Swartz
Debbie Swartz
Associate, Overseas Planning & Impact
Kim Salzman
Kim Salzman
Director, Israel & Overseas Planning & Impact