Israel & Overseas

Keep It Real

A Personal Connection.

Israel Programs
Partnership2Gether
Visit Karmiel / Misgav

Our Partners

Through collective giving, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh joins other Jewish Federations to support shared goals relating to needs in Israel and overseas by funding three international organizations:

The American Joint Distribution Committee

Sponsoring programs of rescue, relief and renewal around the globe

www.jdc.org

The JDC:

  • Provides life-sustaining assistance to more than 100,000 impoverished Jews in the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and elsewhere
  • Helps to rebuild communities worldwide, renewing a sense of Jewish heritage in communities where Judaism had all but disappeared
  • In Israel: helps to advance quality of life, equality of opportunities, and reduction of gaps in Israeli society
Jewish Agency for Israel

The Jewish world’s first responder, addressing emergencies in Israel and rescues Jews in countries where they are at risk.

www.jewishagency.org

For 90 years, the Jewish Agency has worked to overcome the biggest challenges facing the Jewish people. They founded and built the State of Israel, and they continue creating links globally—bringing Jews to Israel and Israel to Jews.

As the needs for world Jewish education evolve, JAFI is focusing on the following major strategic objectives:

  • Diaspora-to-Israel connection
  • Israeli-to-Diaspora connection
  • Aliyah and integration
  • Supporting Vulnerable Populations in Israel
World ORT

A global education network driven by Jewish values.

www.ort.org

The ORT network now reaches 300,000 people a year in more than 30 countries. They provide a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity; bridging the gap between ability and opportunity – and ensuring the continuity of Jewish life worldwide.

Founded in Tsarist Russia in 1880, to provide employable skills for Russia's impoverished Jews, ORT now focuses on:

  • Training in essential trades and professions
  • Education in high-level science and technology
  • Strengthening Jewish identity all over the world
Your Personal Connection with Israel

Why It Matters

Group of Israeli Teens Eating

It's Good for Israel

Your donations and volunteer missions make life better.

Supporting Struggling Jewish Communities

Addressing social service needs of impoverished or underserved Jewish communities around the world.

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It's Good for You

Encouraging inclusiveness and a shared sense of peoplehood.

Shinshinim in Pittsburgh!

Meet your Israeli emissaries.

Israel Events

ZOA AWARDS DINNER

Tuesday, October 27 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2020 ZOA Annual Awards Dinner w/three honorees and keynote speaker.

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A Conversation with Isaac ‘Bougie’ Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel

Wednesday, October 28 @ 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

POSTPONED: NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON An exclusive briefing…

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ZOA AWARDS DINNER

Wednesday, October 28 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2020 ZOA Annual Awards Dinner; 3 honorees; keynote speaker.  

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“Black Honey, The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever” Film Discussion with Film Producer Yair Qedar

Thursday, November 5 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

RSVP to receive a link to the film. The post-film…

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Israel Scholarships

Teen Israel Travel

Learn which program is right for you.

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Economic Development

Economic Development

Economic Development

Helping everyone gain self-sufficiency.

Food & Human Needs

Food & Human Security

Caring for the most vulnerable populations around the world.

Ethiopian Community

Ethiopian Community

Supporting unique needs of unique populations.

At Risk Youth

At Risk Youth

Ensuring that everyone gets a good start in life.

Jewish Identity

Jewish Identity

Promoting everyone's connection to Jewish peoplehood.

Special Needs

Special Needs

Helping to make a place for everyone.

Shared Society

Shared Society

Modeling integration and empowerment.

Israel News

Leket Israel Coronavirus Update

By Kim Salzman | August 6, 2020

The day Israel’s president showed up to help Leket Israel feed the pandemic poor.

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Kishorit Coronavirus Update

By Kim Salzman | August 6, 2020

Enjoy this update from Kishorit, one of our longstanding grantee organizations, which is managing the coronavirus pandemic quite well.

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Visit to The Volunteer House for United Hatzalah

By Kim Salzman | July 23, 2020

With the help of their unique GPS technology and ambucycles, their volunteer medics arrive to the scene of an accident or disaster in less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas.

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Federation Funds Ecology for a Protected Community

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 21, 2020

As Israel prepares to weather a second coronavirus wave, the Jewish Federation funded a social enterprise that collects and reconditions electronic waste in Misgav.

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June 2022 – Pittsburgh’s Mega Mission to Israel

By Jeff Finkelstein | June 26, 2020

While we are still practicing social distancing and dreaming of a time when we are able to travel, to sign up to receive more information as details continue to be hammered out.

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My week – Sivan

By Tamar Nawy | February 10, 2020

Hello everyone! Every week I’m teaching my students about a different part of the Israel Trail. This week we were talking about Ramon’s crater, and one of the most touristy places there, the colored sand. Where basically colored layers of rocks were created when the mountain was broken down. Therefore, we were making colored sand…

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Life in Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether Region, Karmiel & Misgav

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 4, 2020

This fall, my eight-year-old twins enrolled in the Har Schenya School, an elementary school situated on Mount Schenya in Misgav, Israel.

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Nes Gadol Haya Po

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 28, 2020

Growing up in America, I played dreidel and learned that a great miracle happened there, far away in the Land of Israel. Today, my children are growing up in the modern State of Israel, where the miracle of Chanukah happened so many years ago and where they can sing with pride and joy that a…

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Our First “Peak Week” – Shinshinim

By Guy Hoffman | January 21, 2020

Read about the Shinshinim’s first “Peak Week” doing activities together with students from Pre-K to Eighth grade where everyone learns about a special subject.

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My Week

By Itamar Medina | December 13, 2019

Monday So our week started with two visitors from Columbus! We will let you know that they are planning to do something a little similar to what we are doing here in Pittsburgh. 😉 We had a wonderful time showing them around CDS, which is our main line of work for this year. After that…

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Israel & Overseas

Leadership

Cindy Goodman Lieb

Israel Program Committee Chair

Judi Kanal

Israel & Overseas Funding Chair

Debbie Resnick

Partnership2Gether Co-Chair

Joshua Resnick

Partnership2Gether Co-Chair
Israel & Overseas

Steering Committee

Limor Barak, regional development representative, Misgav

Limor Barak

Regional Development Representative
Misgav
Anat Sharvit, Partnership Director, KarmielMisgav

Anat Sharvit

Partnership Director
Karmiel/Misgav
Lilach Vaxsman Rana

Lilach Vaxsman Rana

Partnership2Gether Co-Chair
Karmiel
Nir Baram, Co-Chair for Partnership2Gether, Misgav

Nir Baram

Partnership2Gether Co-Chair
Misgav
Yuval Kisus, Adult Kesher Co-Chair, Karmiel (and incoming Co-Chair, Partnership2Gether)

Yuval Kisus

Adult Kesher Co-Chair, Karmiel
(and incoming Co-Chair, Partnership2Gether)
Sharon Klein Raz, incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair, KarmielMisgav

Sharon Klein Raz

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Karmiel/Misgav
Gal Weisberg, incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair

Gal Weisberg

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Dana Himmel

Dana Himmel

Incoming Youth Kesher Chair
Idith Gal

Idith Gal

Youth Kesher Co-Chair
Karmiel / Misgav
Galit Erner, Youth Kesher Co-Chair, Misgav

Galit Erner

Youth Kesher Co-Chair
Misgav
Israel & Overseas

Federation Staff

Kim Salzman

Kim Salzman

Director, Israel & Overseas Operations
(412) 992-5239
ksalzman@jfedpgh.org
Debbie Swartz

Debbie Swartz

Israel & Overseas Planning Associate
(412) 992-5208
dswartz@jfedpgh.org
Kim Salzman

Kim Salzman

Director, Israel & Overseas Operations
(412) 992-5239
ksalzman@jfedpgh.org

Want to learn more?

Contact Kim Salzman for more information about Israel & Overseas programs.

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