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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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Latest News

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 27, 2019

Get the latest news and updates on how the Jewish Federation is helping Pittsburgh heal and on the Victims of Terror Fund.

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Providing Immediate Relief in Israel

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 25, 2019

Victims of rocket attacks in Moshav Mishmeret receive immediate relief from Community Campaign donations to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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The Shinshinim Celebrate Purim!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 22, 2019

Purim in Pittsburgh! We had the best time dressing up with Pittsburgh community that definitely knows how to celebrate Purim! We took part with Community Day School’s and Beth Shalom Carnival. We played games, we did some art and craft and had a really good time. As always, it was fun to see you all!!…

Stand with New Zealand Mulims

Breaking All the Right Records

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 22, 2019

Because we did little work on the Campaign from October 27th through the end of 2018, we are behind in pace, but are beginning to catch up.

We Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors

Update: Standing with Our Muslim Neighbors

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 21, 2019

Many have reached out to ask how we can provide support to the local Muslim community after the horrendous shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Here are several opportunities to do so: STAND WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY Friday, March 22, 11:30am-2pm: Attend a Friday afternoon prayer service at Attawheed Islamic Center, 401…

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Thinking Locally Can Have Global Results

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 19, 2019

One role of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh—and Jewish Federations in most cities in the U.S. and Canada—is to offer the Jewish community a trusted way to give money to help in crises around the world. Pittsburgh Jewish donors have helped in crisis situations as diverse as attacks against Israel, the earthquake in Nepal…

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Victims of Terror Fund – Premises Funds – Information Gathering Form

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 15, 2019

The Independent Committee overseeing the distribution of dollars collected through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund has set aside a relatively small portion of those funds to be distributed to individuals who were physically present on the Tree of Life Synagogue property, but not inside the building, on the morning of…

Al Noor Mosque, New Zealand

Statement on New Zealand Islamophobic Attack

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 15, 2019

The Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community was shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific Islamophobic attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday resulting in the senseless murder of at least 49 people. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch, in Pittsburgh, and around the world. “Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the devastating…

Al Noor Mosque, New Zealand

May War and Bloodshed Cease

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 15, 2019

Last night I drafted my Shabbat message and this morning I decided I couldn’t send it.  When I woke up this morning to the horrible news from New Zealand with 49 people slaughtered for just practicing their religion, I knew it couldn’t be business as usual. Federation is opening a mailbox to collect donations to…

Onsite Memorial

Jewish Federation Releases Independent Committee Report On $6.3 Million Victims of Terror Fund Proceeds

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 5, 2019

The Independent Committee formed to oversee the distribution of the Victims of Terror funds has concluded its work and will begin to distribute the money, $6,302,803 in total.

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Youth Hockey Team Has Most Successful Season Yet After Raising $1,888 for the Victims of Terror Fund.

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 1, 2019

After the October 27th shooting a youth hockey team from the New Jersey Youth Hockey League reached out to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh asking how they could help. However, these boys are not your average youth hockey team. They are the North Jersey Avalanche, a Sabbath observant boys team aged 9 and 10.…

First Responders Thank You. Concert by Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers and Scott Blasey of The Clarks. Photo by David Bachman.

Thank You, First Responders

By Jeff Finkelstein | March 1, 2019

Jewish Federation put on a program to honor and thank all the first responders, including health care, Fire, EMS and others who did all they could on October 27th to protect and care for the worshipers in and around the Tree of Life Building.

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Jewish Federation’s Shinshinim Program to Double in Size

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 27, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will double the size of its “Shinshinim” program, bringing four 18-year-old Israelis to Pittsburgh for a year of service beginning August 2019.

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Jewish Federation Expands Israel Scholarships

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 22, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh increased the value of Israel scholarships from $1,750 to $2,200.

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Victims of Terror Fund Closes

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 22, 2019

Any additional money that comes in to the Victims of Terror Fund after February 22, 2019 will still help the community recover.

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Statement from the Independent Distribution Committee for the Victims of Terror Fund

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 22, 2019

The committee is working toward completing its initial work by late February and plans to issue a statement at that time.

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True Partners

By Jeff Finkelstein | February 15, 2019

That evolution of our relationship with the people of Israel has shown itself in the response to October 27th.

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Tu B’Shvat and Exploring the Connection Between Hebrew, Judaism, and Israel with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 15, 2019

Wow, what a month! First of all, we celebrated Tu B׳shvat, the birthday of the trees. We did activities about the importance of trees in our lives, what can we learn from the tree and why do we need them so much. Moreover, we talked about “kakal” and JNF that have planted and still are…

Mayim Bialik

Mayim’s Pilgrimage to Pittsburgh

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 13, 2019

To support the Pittsburgh Jewish community, Mayim visited with several organizations, including The Tree of Life synagogue, where a tragic massacre occurred on October 27th.

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Mayim Bialik in Pittsburgh & Pittsburghers in Florida

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 8, 2019

An Evening with Mayim Bialik Beginning on Saturday, February 9th, Federation will hold a week of incredible programs. That night, our Young Adult Division is hosting a campaign event featuring Mayim Bialik, the actress from The Big Bang Theory and Blossom. Bialik is a proud Jew with a strong commitment to the State of Israel.…

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First Ethiopian Aliyah Flight Since Government Decision Landed Feb 4, 2019

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 5, 2019

First Falash Mura Aliyah Exciting news from Israel. With the support of the Jewish Agency, 80 Ethiopian olim chadashim (new immigrants) landed in Israel on Monday, February 4, 2019. This is the first group of Ethiopians to immigrate to Israel following the government’s October 2018 decision to bring 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community…

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Help Jewish Pittsburgh Heal

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 4, 2019

Online giving to the Fund for Victims of Terror is closed, but you can still help the people affected by giving to the Community Campaign.

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