Israel & Overseas

Keep It Real

A Personal Connection.

Israel Programs
Visit Karmiel / Misgav
Your Personal Connection with Israel

Why It Matters

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It's Good for Israel

Your donations and volunteer missions make life better.

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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.

David Broza is Coming to Pittsburgh!

Yom Ha’atzmaut: A celebration of Israel’s 71st Independence Day
May 23, 2019 | 4:30 - 9:00 PM | Schenley Plaza

Israel Events

AIPAC Policy Conference

Friday, March 22 - Tuesday, March 26
WAUnited States

Contact Info: Michael Yaffe

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Venezuela to Israel: Tony Raichler

Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh,PA15219United States

Come hear Tony Raichler, a young adult Venezuelan Jew who made aliyah to Israel, speak about his experiences as a lone soldier and his integration into Israeli society.

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Israel Next 2019

Israel Next Info Session

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Intended Audience: Young Adults in their 20s & 30s.

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Israel Bonds/Beth El Tribute Brunch

Sunday, May 5 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1900 Cochran Road
Pittsburgh,PA15220United States

Israel Bonds and Beth El Congregation of the South Hills…

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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

Providing Immediate Relief in Israel

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 25, 2019

Victims of rocket attacks in Moshav Mishmeret receive immediate relief from Community Campaign donations to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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The Shinshinim Celebrate Purim!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 22, 2019

Purim in Pittsburgh! We had the best time dressing up with Pittsburgh community that definitely knows how to celebrate Purim! We took part with Community Day School’s and Beth Shalom Carnival. We played games, we did some art and craft and had a really good time. As always, it was fun to see you all!!…

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Jewish Federation’s Shinshinim Program to Double in Size

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 27, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will double the size of its “Shinshinim” program, bringing four 18-year-old Israelis to Pittsburgh for a year of service beginning August 2019.

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Jewish Federation Expands Israel Scholarships

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 22, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh increased the value of Israel scholarships from $1,750 to $2,200.

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True Partners

By Jeff Finkelstein | February 15, 2019

That evolution of our relationship with the people of Israel has shown itself in the response to October 27th.

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Tu B’Shvat and Exploring the Connection Between Hebrew, Judaism, and Israel with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 15, 2019

Wow, what a month! First of all, we celebrated Tu B׳shvat, the birthday of the trees. We did activities about the importance of trees in our lives, what can we learn from the tree and why do we need them so much. Moreover, we talked about “kakal” and JNF that have planted and still are…

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First Ethiopian Aliyah Flight Since Government Decision Landed Feb 4, 2019

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 5, 2019

First Falash Mura Aliyah Exciting news from Israel. With the support of the Jewish Agency, 80 Ethiopian olim chadashim (new immigrants) landed in Israel on Monday, February 4, 2019. This is the first group of Ethiopians to immigrate to Israel following the government’s October 2018 decision to bring 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community…

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Hanukkah Light & Kaffe Shachor

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 17, 2019

Hi everyone! we wanted to share with you what we did this past month! First of all, we celebrated Hanukkah, we saw how is it like to celebrate this holiday in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community: the cars with the Menorah on top of them, the different but beautiful melodies for Hanukkah prayers and the fun fact…

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The Shinshinim Host a Trivia Game at J-Fest

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

Raz and Levin joined the community at J-Fest, where they hosted an Israel trivia game on Darlington Ave. alongside the Squirrel Hill JCC. J-Fest is a for teens, by teens program. This is the second year of this free street festival. The teens participated in these activities: – Steelers on the BIG SCREEN watch party…

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Israel Lesson at Adat Shalom

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

  The Shinshinim visited Adat Shalom to educate 17 teacher assistants direct methods on how to educate the younger students about Israel.    

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Israel & Overseas


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

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

Sharon Klein Raz

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Galit Erner, Youth Kesher Co-Chair, Misgav

Galit Erner

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

Yuval Kisus

Adult Kesher Co-Chair, Karmiel
(and incoming Co-Chair, Partnership2Gether)
Limor Barak, regional development representative, Misgav

Limor Barak

Regional Development Representative
Anat Sharvit, Partnership Director, KarmielMisgav

Anat Sharvit

Partnership Director
Gal Weisberg, incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair

Gal Weisberg

Incoming Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Nir Baram, Co-Chair for Partnership2Gether, Misgav

Nir Baram

Co-Chair for Partnership2Gether
Cochi Ostrovsky, Adult Kesher Co-Chair, Misgav

Cochi Ostrovsky

Adult Kesher Co-Chair
Israel & Overseas

Federation Staff

Kim Salzman

Kim Salzman

Director, Israel & Overseas Operations
(412) 992-5239

Debbie Swartz

Israel & Overseas Planning Associate
(412) 992-5208
Shani Turel

Shani Turel

Shinshinim Coordinator
(412) 992-52319
Kim Salzman

Kim Salzman

Director, Israel & Overseas Operations
(412) 992-5239

Want to learn more?

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