Jewish Federation Celebrates $13.5M Raised, Unveils $8M in Grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced that the community has so far raised an impressive $13.6 million towards the $14.5 million campaign goal. More than $8 million of these funds will support local and overseas organizations for unrestricted operations in 2024-2025. This funding includes a significant contribution of $900,000 as a block grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation for local human service agencies. In addition, the board granted $150,000 from the Israel Emergency Relief Fund to help the Federation’s Partnership2Gether regions, Karmiel and Misgav, combat forest fires that could break out as a result of rocket fire.

As part of its new grantmaking model, the Federation also announced that later this year it will move towards an innovative funding model that maintains most core allocations yet prioritizes additional monies for critical community issues such as addressing antisemitism and enhancing young adult engagement. Future grants in these areas will be available to all local Jewish organizations, marking a major evolution in the approach to community support.

Amidst the current climate of antisemitism, the Federation awarded special one-time grants to The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center (Hillel JUC), Penn State University Hillel, Chabad at Carnegie Mellon University and Chabad at University of Pittsburgh in recognition of the incredible resilience of our campus organizations. These grants, tailored to each organization’s needs, celebrate their commitment to fostering vibrant Jewish life on campus.

“We are deeply grateful for the Federation’s support,” said Dan Marcus, executive director and CEO of grantee Hillel JUC. “This grant empowers us to continue our vital work and support Jewish students during these unprecedented times.”

In addition, the Federation’s Planning and Impact committee made pivotal decisions by approving grants from the Jewish Community Foundation and the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future, including:

  • Classrooms Without Borders: Year-long training program for Jewish day school educators to learn how to teach about antisemitism in a Jewish day school context, culminating in study trip to Israel.
  • ElevatEd: Through a national collaboration, seeds a program to recruit and retain early childhood educators at our Jewish schools and centers to create more resilient institutions that can serve more families.

“We are thrilled to make these allocations to vital local and overseas organizations, thanks to our donors’ incredible generosity,” said chair of the Planning and Impact committee, Judi Kanal. “This funding supports human services and campus life, reflecting our commitment to the community’s well-being and addresses pressing issues such as antisemitism.”

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