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2000 Technology Drive

Responding to the Needs of the Day

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 13, 2020

Since this was published, the Federation has decided to close it’s offices at 2000 Technology Drive for the next two weeks. Remember, the Federation is open for business, just remotely!

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Focusing on Health & Safety

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 12, 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is focusing on health and safety.

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Jewish Federation Urges Calm and Coordinates Response to Coronavirus

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 10, 2020

PITTSBURGH—The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is working to calm fears in the Pittsburgh Jewish community during the COVID-19/Coronavirus threat, by formulating a response together with other Jewish agencies. “It’s important for many people in the Jewish community to know that their Jewish institutions and synagogues have plans to keep them safe and informed.” Meryl…

Israel Trauma Coalition

Israel Trauma Coalition Publishes Advice for Parents and Caregivers Dealing with Coronavirus

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 9, 2020

As caregivers, want to increase the the ability to cope with this stress and strengthen our resilience. The two main causes of stress are uncertainty and feelings of helplessness.

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Reliable Sources of Information

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 9, 2020

The following reliable sources of information will keep you advised of coronavirus information.

Pittsburgh Mission to Morocco

Several Federation Missions Canceled or Postponed

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 9, 2020

Several missions have been canceled or postponed due to travel concerns.

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Jewish Community Resources on Coronavirus Safety & Health

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 6, 2020

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus closely with support from our national organizations and from local government.

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Coronavirus Update

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 6, 2020

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus closely with support from our national organizations and from local government.

PJ Library

It All Started with a Book

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 6, 2020

Our work with the Jewish Federation PJ Library Ambassadors program all started with a book. That book opens doors for so many to deepen their Jewish identities and Jewish connections.

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Coronavirus is Harming the Pittsburgh Economy

By Community Relations Council | February 28, 2020

The Organization of Chinese Americans-Pittsburgh Chapter and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced a partnership with elected officials to help combat the negative impact on the local economy caused by a fear of contracting coronavirus.

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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.

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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.

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