Jewish Identity/Education

HaShomer HaChadash


HaShomer HaChadash
To safeguard the land of Israel in the Galilee and Negev through education and social action

HaShomer HaChadash is a Zionist organization focused on our collective obligation to the Land of Israel. In 2007, one young man in the Galilee stood up to aggressors from surrounding villages who for years had tried to exhaust his family into abandoning their farm land, barraging them with a constant stream of thefts, arson and vandalism. With his family on the verge of bankruptcy, the young man felt the need to act. Refusing to leave or bend to criminal pressure, he pitched a lookout tent on a hilltop, and, armed only with a flag of Israel and a passion for his homeland, stood watch, declared a presence and a claim to his land. Joined at first by friends, and then by strangers, Yoel succeeded in thwarting the aggressors and defending the land which had been in his family for generations. What began as a mission of one became a movement of thousands. realizing that their struggle was the struggle of so many farmers in the Galilee and the Negev, HaShomer HaChadash was founded. Thousands of acres of land, both historically and strategically significant to Israel, had already been abandoned, and thousands more were on the verge of abandonment by farmers and ranchers who could no longer withstand the theft and vandalism. Less than a decade later, HaShomer HaChadash is now a leading Zionist movement of thousands of volunteers, empowering people of all ages to make a change in the physical and moral landscape of our homeland. HaShomer HaChadash is inspiring social change, creating leaders, and ensuring a better and safer tomorrow for all the people of Israel.  Learn more…

Jewish Agency for Israel


Jewish Agency for Israel
Summer Camp in Kishinev/Afterschool Jewish EducationPrograms in Moldova

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh provides core funding to the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). JAFI was founded in 1929 in order to take the lead in building the Jewish State. For more than 80 years, JAFI has built infrastructure, harnessed the support of world Jewry on behalf of Israel’s people and land, and brought more than three million Jews to live in Israel. Today, JAFI continues to work to strengthen Israel, reinforce Jewish identity around the world, and connect the Jewish people to Israel, Israelis, and one another. JAFI’s mission is to inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage, and Land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.  In addition to its core funding, the Jewish Agency for Greater Pittsburgh is proud to supprt a summer camp for Jewish children living in Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe. This summer camp helps to build a sense of Jewish identity and community for 300 Jewish children and youth ages 8 to 25.  Learn more…

World ORT


World ORT
Ensuring the long term sustainability of Jewish education in Kishinev, Moldova

World ORT’s mission is to work for the advancement of Jewish and other people through training and education; to provide communities, wherever they are, with the skills and knowledge they need to cope with the complexities and uncertainties of their environment; and to foster economic self-sufficiency, mobility and a sense of identity through the use of the most up-to-date educational technologies and methodologies available. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support the ORT Herzl Jewish School in Kishinev, Moldova. Many of the 15,000 Jews of Moldova are on the brink of assimilation. For the 670 students and their families, the ORT Herzl school is the place where they come together as a community and where they learn and actively participate in Jewish heritage, Jewish culture and Jewish learning. Learn more…

World Union for Progressive Judaism


World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
Machon in the FSU

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), established in London in 1926, is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries. It is the World Union’s goal to ensure that all Jews have access to a vibrant and personally meaningful Jewish life that can best inspire them spiritually and ensure the future of the Jewish People, whether in the State of Israel or throughout the Diaspora. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support the Machon program, a program intended to address the lack of Rabbinic leadership in the Former Soviet Union. The Machon program encourages participating students to study Jewish education and thereafter pursue a graduate degree in Rabbinic studies. Learn more…

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