Israel & Overseas

Keep It Real

A Personal Connection.

Israel Programs
Partnership2Gether
Visit Karmiel / Misgav
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.

Mary Zilberman - Moldova

Supporting Struggling Jewish Communities

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

Daniel Lebowitz - Diller Photo

It's Good for You

Encouraging inclusiveness and a shared sense of peoplehood.

Shinshinim in Pittsburgh!

Meet your Israeli emissaries.

Israel Events

Israel Your Way 2020

Volunteer Center Mission to Israel Info Session 1

Thursday, September 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh,PA15219United States
Free

The Volunteer Center will be traveling to Israel on May…

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ZOA 2019 AWARDS DINNER

Tuesday, October 29 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh,PA15217United States

This year’s honorees are: Lifetime Achievement Award – Lisa and…

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MOMentum Mission

MOMentum Mission to Israel

Sunday, November 3 - Thursday, November 14
Israel
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Screening of Epilogue – A highly acclaimed film based on a live interview with David Ben-Gurion

Sunday, November 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh,PA15217United States
Free

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will screen Epilogue,…

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Israel Scholarships

Teen Israel Travel

Learn which program is right for you.

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Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism

Working to protect everyone's connection to Jewish life.

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.

People with Disabilities

People with Disabilities

Helping to make a place for everyone.

Shared Society

Shared Society

Modeling integration and empowerment.

Israel News

First Two Weeks In Pittsburgh

By Tamar Nawy | September 6, 2019

Shinshinim enjoy their first two weeks in Pittsburgh.

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Community Gearing Up for Commemoration and New Connections

By Jeff Finkelstein | August 23, 2019

I want to call your attention to an article in the Post-Gazette this week about the community’s one year commemoration of what happened on October 27th. The day provides each of us with the opportunity to do what may be personally meaningful: Torah study, hands on volunteering, prayer, attending the gathering, or not doing any of these things.

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Major Gift Will Support Ethiopian National Project

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Ethiopian National Project (ENP) honored over 600 students of Ethiopian heritage for their dedication and commitment to leadership and community advocacy at a national summit in Jerusalem on June 19. Government officials from various ministries attended the national summit as did Ethiopian-Israeli students from all over the…

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Unity, Not Uniformity

By Jeff Finkelstein | May 24, 2019

We strive for a diverse community that can come together to work on the big issues facing our people and be supportive and understanding of one another, even with those with whom we differ.

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Yom Ha’atzamut with the Shinshinim!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 10, 2019

What a Yom Ha’azmaut! Today we celebrated the Israeli independence day! We started our day at Community Day School (CDS) singing and dancing with Israeli songs outside. Following the dancing, all of the school went inside to see the amazing Carnival that we’ve made for this special day! There was Israeli dancing, Israeli trivia, Israeli games…

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Making the World a Better Place–Community Campaign Back on Track

By Jeff Finkelstein | May 10, 2019

Lighting a torch at the Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration in Jerusalem opened me up to new experiences and introduced me to new individuals making a difference in Israeli society.

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Jewish Federation CEO Speaks at Israel’s Independence Day Celebration

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 8, 2019

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Jeff Finkelstein represented Pittsburgh and worldwide Jewry at Israel’s national celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

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Shinshinim Update

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 24, 2019

Oneg Shabbat, Tikkun Olam, Diller Teen Fellows and Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations Wow, what a couple of special weeks we’ve had!  Starting with a trivia game for the Oneg Shabbat at the Jewish Federation (a meeting held about the Jewish programming around the community) on a Friday afternoon that sent us to Shabbat with a smile, and…

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Federation Supports the Fabric of Israeli Society

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 19, 2019

This week’s message has been written by our Director of Israel and Overseas Operations, Kim Salzman In the first week of April, I flew to Israel with our committed volunteers from the Israel and Overseas Funding Committee to conduct our annual “Israel site visits.” These site visits always leave me deeply inspired by the life-changing…

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Pre-Independence Day Celebration at Beth El Congregation with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 11, 2019

Shinshinim Raz and Hadar celebrated Israel’s Independence a little early at Bel El Congregation yesterday. They played games and taught the children facts about Israel.

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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)
Dana Himmel

Dana Himmel

Incoming Youth Kesher Chair
Sharon Klein Raz, incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair, KarmielMisgav

Sharon Klein Raz

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Karmiel/Misgav
Idith Gal

Idith Gal

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

Gal Weisberg

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
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
Marcie Lang

Marcie Lang

Israel Representative
972-50-533-1169
mlang@jfedpgh.org
Shani Turel

Shani Turel

Shinshinim Coordinator
(412) 992-52319
sturel@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.