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A Powerful Collective

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 19, 2014

Over the past few years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has sent several missions to Cuba.  We witnessed a small yet vibrant Jewish community and saw the work our dollars make possible with our own eyes.  As part of those missions, we visited the American Intersection.  As you know, the United States has not…

What a Week!

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 12, 2014

Sunday night was the graduation of this year’s cohort of Diller Teen Fellows.  This group of 20, who have been together with a group of teens from our Partnership2Gether Region of Karmiel and Misgav as part of a leadership development program, will travel to Israel in a few weeks.  Their originally scheduled trip this summer had…

Our Jewish Future is Inevitable – Make it Bright!

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 5, 2014

I write today about our Jewish future and about two ways our Federation is looking and preparing for that destination. Monday was the first Pittsburgh Jewish Community Scorecard Roundtable.  Approximately 65 volunteer and professional leaders in our community came together to review some of the findings in our first round of collecting data as part…

What a Men's Philanthropy Event! And Pittsburgh Jews in the National Spotlight – again!

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 21, 2014

Last night, we held an incredibly successful, first ever, Men’s Night Out event.  A crowd beyond our expectations came out to hear ESPN star Herm Edwards.  The evening was fun and inspirational as we talked openly and directly about the needs of our Jewish community and the ways that these men can make a difference.…

The GA – Our Impact in Action

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 14, 2014

In my message last week, I mentioned that I was going to be at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.  The GA made international news with a panel discussion with two Jewish Supreme Court Justices, a session with Marlee Matlin “speaking” about inclusion for individuals with special needs, a live video…

Sharing Pittsburgh with the Broader Jewish Community at the GA – Something to Be Proud Of!

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 7, 2014

Sunday is the beginning of the three-day Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.  Volunteer and professional leaders from all 153 Jewish Federations and 300 Network communities from throughout North America, along with representatives of both national and international Jewish agencies, will be on site to learn, network and be inspired. We are really proud…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Gender Violence

By Community Relations Council | November 3, 2014

Jewish tradition speaks to the importance of treating others with kindness, honor and respect and is clear that domestic violence is contrary to Jewish values. The Talmud speaks of this imperative directly in how men should respect their domestic partners and children. In the Talmud (B. Yevamot 63a; B. Sanhedrin 76b) the Rabbis say: “Of…

Outreach – Connecting to those who've left their native land

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 31, 2014

I am writing on Thursday night having just left Buffalo Blues in Shadyside.  Our Shalom Pittsburgh(the Federation’s outreach programming arm for 22-45 year olds) effort holds lots of bar nights for our young adults.  I have been to many.  This week, four of our community efforts to reach out and engage Jewish young adults joined forces…

Remembering Mollie

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 14, 2014

Sunday, I carried the coffin and helped fill the grave of my last remaining grandparent.  My father’s mother died at the age of 98 on Simchat Torah.  She was the youngest and the last living of 11 children born in Rumania.  She lived those early years without running water or electricity.  She emigrated to this country,…

Home Away from Home

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 3, 2014

Earlier this week, our Federation staff divided up and went to three of our local agencies:  Riverview Towers, the Jewish Association on Aging and the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry of Jewish Family and Children’s Service.  At each site, we volunteered our time to assist clients.  This was all part of our effort to kick…

What an Impact!

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 19, 2014

At the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday night, we announced our financial achievements for the year. Our Campaign goal of $13.5 million, the highest ever for our community, was attained. Our Foundation, now with over $200 million under management, added over $18 million. Our work to raise Educational Improvement Tax Credit…

A Sweet and Prosperous Time of Year

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 12, 2014

On Sunday, Shalom Pittsburgh will hold its Fourth Annual Apples & Honey Festival, in Schenley Park. Literally hundreds show up every year for this great program. If you have a young family or grandchildren in town, you don’t want to miss this. If you know of a young Jewish family that would like a Jewish program that…

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Lazeh

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 5, 2014

A fabulous JCC with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, seniors playing mahj, a preschool with adorable children, and a memorial to the Holocaust. A day school with Hebrew words and Judaica covering the walls. A gorgeous facility for seniors, with shared kitchen facilities in every unit. I could be describing our Pittsburgh Jewish community’s renowned institutions. In…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Price Tag Attacks in Israel

By Community Relations Council | May 13, 2014

The Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Condemns unequivocally the hateful “price tag”* graffiti and vandalism against Catholic and Orthodox Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions and individuals in Israel as reported in the Israeli press. These vile acts do not represent the feelings of respect our communities have for each other. Urges Israeli authorities to…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on LGBT Discrimination

By Community Relations Council | May 13, 2014

Throughout the world, persons who are identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) often face pervasive discrimination which sometimes includes state-sanctioned violence and the possibility of execution. Laws that punish people for who they are or are perceived to be creating a deep culture of hatred that can place LGBT people and their allies…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Senior Poverty

By Community Relations Council | May 13, 2014

Older Americans who are living in poverty often suffer in silence, living in the shadows while trying to make ends meet. A single life change—a costly illness, loss of a job, or death of a spouse—can quickly threaten the financial stability of seniors. This has become especially true during the most recent recession. In 2008…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Food Insecurity

By Community Relations Council | December 3, 2013

Jewish tradition teaches us that we must feed the hungry. Hunger is a problem that affects people of all ages, but it is a particularly devastating problem for children. There is both a moral and an economic imperative to address this problem. “Food insecurity” is a new term in the American lexicon. It has replaced…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Proactive Israel Support & Countering Anti-Jewish and Anti-Israel Activity in Pittsburgh

By Community Relations Council | December 3, 2013

Most Jewish students live and study on campuses on which they feel secure in their identity. However, especially during times of conflict between Israel and its neighbors, a disturbing anti-Israel climate can appear on Pittsburgh college campuses. This was evident during November 2012 when anti-Israel community members protested outside The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel…

Jewish Delegate Assembly of Greater Pittsburgh Policy Statement on Inclusion and Disabilities

By Community Relations Council | December 3, 2013

In Genesis 1:27, we read that Adam, and by extension, all people, was created in “the image of God.” This teaches us that there is holiness in all people, regardless of their physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual abilities. Everyone, therefore is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. All Jews can contribute to the…

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