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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.

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First Two Weeks In Pittsburgh

By Tamar Nawy | September 6, 2019

Shinshinim enjoy their first two weeks in Pittsburgh.

8-21-2019 One-Year Commemoration of October 27th Update

New Federation Board Helps Ensure Community Well-Being

By Jeff Finkelstein | August 30, 2019

While serving as a Board member should be taken as an honor, it also comes with incredible responsibility. Last night, our Federation Board convened for nearly four hours to better understand their roles as fiduciaries of our organization.

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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.

Remember. Repair. Together.

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

JPRO 2019

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.

Stronger Together

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.

Stronger Together

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…

Stronger Together

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.

Stand with New Zealand Mulims

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.

One Happy Camper

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.

Stand with New Zealand Mulims

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.

Jeffrey Finkelstein Yom Haatzmaut Torch Lighing 5-8-2019

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.

Security

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.

Passover Bitter Herbs

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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