Israel & Overseas

Keep It Real

A Personal Connection.

Israel Programs
Partnership2Gether
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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.

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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.

Israel Events

Tel Aviv

Alternative Spring Break in Israel

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Monday, March 16, 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel

Join Pittsburgh pro-Israel undergraduate students on an all-expenses paid* week-long Alternative Spring Break in Israel!

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Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

TBD

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Zionism 3.0

Friday, May 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conference for Jewish Communal Professionals

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Israel Your Way 2020

Israel Your Way Volunteer Mission

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - Monday, May 11, 2020
Israel

Connect to Israel in an exclusive, unique fashion through volunteerism…

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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

You Have the Ability To Respond

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 15, 2019

Over the last several days, more than 400 rockets have been shot indiscriminately at civilians in Israel by the Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

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Week Summary – Tamar The Shinshinit

By Tamar Nawy | November 12, 2019

This past week has been like a roller coaster for me. On Saturday, I and lots of Pittsburgh teenagers went to the anniversary Havdalah in Beit Shalom synagogue commemorating the October 27, 2018 attack. At the Havdalah, I had the opportunity to meet teenagers who, over the last three months, I got to know from…

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Federation Funding Helps Work Magic

By Kim Salzman | November 4, 2019

Kibbutz Eshbal, which works with at-risk youth, has partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Federation since its founding in 1998.

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October 27th Commemoration Held in Pittsburgh Sister City, Karmiel

By Kim Salzman | October 27, 2019

Yedid Nefesh synagogue in Karmiel, Israel held a memorial event marking one year since the attack on the three congregations housed in the Tree of Life building.

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Jewish Federation’s Israel and Overseas Director Moves to Karmiel/Misgav

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 23, 2019

Kim Salzman, Director of Israel & Overseas programs, shares her personal experiences thus far on Manof to give the Pittsburgh Jewish community an insight into day-to-day life in Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether region.

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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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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
Ravid Biton

Ravid Biton

Shinshinim Coordinator
(412) 992-5228
rbiton@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.