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Protecting Our Children and the Entire Region

By Jeff Finkelstein | February 21, 2020

Our Security Committee made the decision to provide life saving Go Bags to EVERY classroom in Jewish Pittsburgh. And four Mezuzot that hung in the old Federation building are now hanging in the 10.27 Healing Partnership.

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YAD Clubs – Personal Pathways to Community

By Jeff Finkelstein | February 14, 2020

YAD Clubs are trying to help our Pittsburgh area young adults get to know each other and build “micro Jewish communities”.

My week – Sivan

By Tamar Nawy | February 10, 2020

Hello everyone! Every week I’m teaching my students about a different part of the Israel Trail. This week we were talking about Ramon’s crater, and one of the most touristy places there, the colored sand. Where basically colored layers of rocks were created when the mountain was broken down. Therefore, we were making colored sand…

Life in Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether Region, Karmiel & Misgav

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 4, 2020

This fall, my eight-year-old twins enrolled in the Har Schenya School, an elementary school situated on Mount Schenya in Misgav, Israel.

Chanukiah Lighting in Manof

Nes Gadol Haya Po

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 28, 2020

Growing up in America, I played dreidel and learned that a great miracle happened there, far away in the Land of Israel. Today, my children are growing up in the modern State of Israel, where the miracle of Chanukah happened so many years ago and where they can sing with pride and joy that a…

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How to Apply for Act 83 Non-Profit Security Grant Funds

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 28, 2020

Learn how to apply for security grants for your non-profit organization.

Shinshinim in Office

Our First “Peak Week” – Shinshinim

By Guy Hoffman | January 21, 2020

Read about the Shinshinim’s first “Peak Week” doing activities together with students from Pre-K to Eighth grade where everyone learns about a special subject.

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#JewishANDProud Day

By Community Relations Council | January 4, 2020

In response to the onslaught of violent anti-Semitic attacks targeting the Jewish community in New York, participate in a worldwide day of Jewish pride.

Stronger Together

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Community Relations Council Statement Regarding Anti-Semitic Attack in Monsey, N.Y.

By Community Relations Council | December 29, 2019

We are saddened and horrified by the stabbing of several people at a Hanukkah celebration in a rabbi’s home last night in Monsey, N.Y. We stand in solidarity with the Monsey Jewish community, and we pray for the wounded to heal quickly and completely.

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Modern Day Miracles – A 2019 Retrospective

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 20, 2019

With the help of my Management Team, I compiled a list of some of the highlights of what we as a Federation staff, in partnership with our volunteers, accomplished in 2019. I want to share that list, in no order of importance, with you. As we enter the holiday of Chanukah, we thank you for making modern day miracles happen.

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Thank You for the Light

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 19, 2019

Our Jewish community’s light burns brightest when we work together—to engage with each other, to help the most vulnerable and to teach about Jewish values.

My Week

By Itamar Medina | December 13, 2019

Monday So our week started with two visitors from Columbus! We will let you know that they are planning to do something a little similar to what we are doing here in Pittsburgh. 😉 We had a wonderful time showing them around CDS, which is our main line of work for this year. After that…

Tax Prep

How Tax Code Can be Good for Tzedaka

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 13, 2019

While we all believe in tzedakah, we also agree that there is nothing wrong with giving in a manner that maximizes tax benefits.

Super Sunday

Super Sunday is December 8th

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 6, 2019

You can be part of this experience whether you have ever made a phone call asking for donations to the Federation or not.

Birthright Israel Trip

Federation Announces a “Free” Israel Trip for 27-32 Year Olds!

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 22, 2019

Our Federation is proud to announce a Birthright Israel trip for Pittsburgh based 27-32 year olds from June 28-July 6, 2020.

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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.

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…

Josh Sayles, Community Relations Director; Governor Tom Wolf; and Jeffrey Finkelstein, President & CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Why Young Adults Give to the Federation

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 8, 2019

Equally as inspiring to me was hearing from a few of these young adults about their motivations for involvement. There is no doubt, our community’s future is extremely bright.

Stronger Together

Jewish Federation Announces Record Allocations and Grants in Year 2019-20

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 4, 2019

Donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will enable a record $36.8 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2019–20.

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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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Federation’s Work in Government Relations Benefits Jewish Communities

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 1, 2019

A core component of Federation’s work is in the area of government relations and working towards actions at the local, state and federal level that can positively impact our Jewish community.

October 27th Commemoration in Karmiel

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.

Pause with Pittsburgh

Pause with Pittsburgh

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 18, 2019

As you probably know, there are major activities planned for October 27th and all of the details can be found at pittsburghoct27.org.

Gov. Wolf announces statewide remembrance day, flag lowering to honor Tree of Life victims.

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 18, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, October 27, 2019, a day of remembrance and ordered state flags to half-staff on the one-year mark of an anti-Semitic attack on the Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life• Or L’Simcha congregations in their synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Stronger Together

“Shabbat Shalom ve Hag Sukkot sameach to Pittsburgh from Halle!”

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 11, 2019

Another antisemitic attack, however this one did not work out as the attacker had intended. due to improvements made through The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Security Assistance Fund.

Yom Kippur

“…and on Yom Kippur it is Sealed”

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 4, 2019

When we all recited the prayer of Unetaneh Tokef last year at the beginning of 5779, none of us knew what would happen on October 27, 2018.

Jewish Federation will Pay for Security for Pittsburgh Synagogues and JCC for the High Holidays

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 26, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s security fund will pay for armed security at area synagogues and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 30–Oct.1) and Yom Kippur (Oct. 8¬–9).

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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.

Remember. Repair. Together.

Remember. Repair. Together.

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 20, 2019

The October 27th one-year commemoration theme of the day will be “Remember. Repair. Together.” We hope you will join us for the parts that you would find meaningful.

Apples and Honey 2019

Your Federation as Convener

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 13, 2019

The Federation plays a convener role to help enhance communication and coordination, increase effectiveness and impact, and build strong individual and organizational relationships.

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Annual Meeting FEDTalks were Powerful and On Point

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 6, 2019

It was a fantastic but emotionally challenging Annual Meeting last night. Our FEDTalks addressed personal healing, healing for the helpers and communal healing after a tragedy.

Bella, Paulina and Marni

First Two Weeks In Pittsburgh

By Tamar Nawy | September 6, 2019

Shinshinim enjoy their first two weeks in Pittsburgh.

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