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Planning Committee Announces Initial Plans for Commemoration of October 27 Attack

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 15, 2019

A Jewish community commemoration planning committee today announced initial plans for the upcoming one-year commemoration of the lives lost when three Pittsburgh Jewish congregations

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Partnerships and Collaboration Build Trusting Relationships

By Jeff Finkelstein | August 9, 2019

Our Federation established a theme after the October 27th shooting: “Stronger Together”. I know that when organizations work together on common goals, we achieve more.

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Statement Regarding Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

By Community Relations Council | August 4, 2019

We are devastated and outraged by the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend, which resulted in the deaths of at least 29 innocent people.

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ReJEWventated in Toronto

By Jeff Finkelstein | August 2, 2019

The reach of our work is profound. I feel so lucky to have been part of this year’s Cabinet retreat because it reJEWvenated me.

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Finding Our Way

By Jeff Finkelstein | July 19, 2019

As we were driving along a curvy, single lane road, we passed a sign that we were entering Newtown, CT and Sandy Hook. My heart sank.

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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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FED Talks: Celebrating Community Strength

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 17, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s 2019 annual meeting, FED Talks: Celebrating Community Strength, will include insights from three guest speakers who have made healing or trauma their life’s work.

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Messages of Thanks

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 3, 2019

Read messages of thanks sent to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh upon the transferring of funds to help the Muslim community of New Zealand heal.

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Happy Campers Make Happy Memories

By Jeff Finkelstein | June 28, 2019

As I watched this Friday night magic and even more magic on Saturday, I couldn’t help but think about the One Happy Camper program funded locally by the Papernick Family with additional support from the Jewish Federation’s Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Wires Funds to New Zealand for Muslim Community Victims

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | June 28, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has finalized an agreement to transfer $666,430.55 to help the Muslim community of New Zealand heal from the March 15th attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Foiled attack on North Side church – what you can do to help

By Community Relations Council | June 21, 2019

What you can do to stand against extremism that threatens all communities.

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An Extraordinarily “Normal” Year

By Jeff Finkelstein | June 14, 2019

This is an incredibly resilient community that is working on our healing while keeping up with our normal “stuff”. That normal “stuff” is made possible, in large part, by your support of our Community Campaign. Thank you!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot

By Jeff Finkelstein | June 7, 2019

Late night of study – taking place tomorrow (Saturday) night. Be there! No reservations required! Free cheesecake! Amazing learning with high quality and diverse classes!

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Come Together for Tikkun Leil Shavuot

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 31, 2019

One of my most favorite and special evenings for our Pittsburgh Jewish community takes place next Saturday night with our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot.

2019 Yom Haatzmaut Celebration with David Broza on Lag BaOmer

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…

Fragments of Memory 5-7-2019 Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

Making the World a Better Place–Community Campaign Back on Track

By Jeff Finkelstein | May 10, 2019

Lighting a torch at the Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration in Jerusalem opened me up to new experiences and introduced me to new individuals making a difference in Israeli society.

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Love is Kosher: Stronger Together

By Laura Cherner | May 9, 2019

While the Equality March is truly a highlight for many members of the Jewish community, we will be supporting from the sidelines this year, as June 9 is also the major Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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Jewish Federation Honors Hillel Academy’s Sara London with 2019 Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 9, 2019

Jewish day school educator Sara London to be honored with one of the North American Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education.

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Jewish Federation CEO Speaks at Israel’s Independence Day Celebration

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 8, 2019

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Jeff Finkelstein represented Pittsburgh and worldwide Jewry at Israel’s national celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Yom HaZikaron Torch Lighting

Pittsburgh’s Secret Sauce

By Jeff Finkelstein | May 3, 2019

Pittsburgh’s Jewish community is being recognized for both our tragic losses and our incredible resilience.

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Jewish Federation Saddened and Horrified by Shooting at Poway Synagogue Near San Diego

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 27, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is saddened and horrified by the shooting that killed one and injured several others at Chabad of Poway.

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Jewish Federation Distributes First Round of Security Funding

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 25, 2019

The Jewish Federation distributed the first round of security funding for Jewish organizations, a total of $377,303 to 31 different organizations.

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Shinshinim Update

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 24, 2019

Oneg Shabbat, Tikkun Olam, Diller Teen Fellows and Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations Wow, what a couple of special weeks we’ve had!  Starting with a trivia game for the Oneg Shabbat at the Jewish Federation (a meeting held about the Jewish programming around the community) on a Friday afternoon that sent us to Shabbat with a smile, and…

Israel Site Visits 2019

Federation Supports the Fabric of Israeli Society

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 19, 2019

This week’s message has been written by our Director of Israel and Overseas Operations, Kim Salzman In the first week of April, I flew to Israel with our committed volunteers from the Israel and Overseas Funding Committee to conduct our annual “Israel site visits.” These site visits always leave me deeply inspired by the life-changing…

Stronger Than Hate Day Declared April 10 2019

Being Present in a Moment of History

By Jeff Finkelstein | April 12, 2019

The Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC) invited all the family members of those who were killed and those who were injured along with the leadership of the three congregations to join us on a Federation arranged bus to and from Harrisburg to participate in an historic joint session of the House and Senate.

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A Passover Prayer Against Anti-Semitism

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 12, 2019

A Passover Prayer Against Antisemitism: In every generation, they seek to destroy us, but they have not destroyed us.

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Pre-Independence Day Celebration at Beth El Congregation with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 11, 2019

Shinshinim Raz and Hadar celebrated Israel’s Independence a little early at Bel El Congregation yesterday. They played games and taught the children facts about Israel.

Stronger Than Hate Day Declared April 10 2019

“Stronger Than Hate Day” Declared in Rare Joint Session of Pennsylvania House and Senate

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 11, 2019

Thank you to Speaker Mike Turzai, Senator Jay Costa and Representative Dan Frankel for introducing a joint resolution establishing April 10th as “Stronger Than Hate Day” in Pennsylvania.

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The Shinshinim visit D.C. for the Israeli Elections

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 3, 2019

This weekend, we traveled to Washington D.C., and voted in the Israeli elections for the first time (and what a special first time it is to vote from across the sea)! It was a great experience. If you have any questions about the elections, write to us!  נשלחנו, הצבענו, השפענו! Raz – RLevin@jfedpgh.orgHadar – HMaravent@jfedpgh.org…

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Jewish Federation Adds Third Community–Warsaw, Poland–to the Pittsburgh–Karmiel / Misgav Partnership

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 28, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh added Warsaw, Poland, as the third community in its Partnership2Gether (P2G) “sister city” program.

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Random Acts of Beauty & Unity in the Aftermath of Tragedy of Tree of Life Synagogue

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 27, 2019

Jeffrey Finkelstein discusses the security precautions that were in place before October 27th and the relationships that helped carry the Pittsburgh Jewish community through the days following the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.

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