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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.

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha

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.

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha

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.

Tu B'shvat

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.

Mayim Bialik

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.…

Ethiopians celebrating in Jerusalem-photo credit-MARC ISRAEL SELLEM-THE JERUSALEM POST

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…

Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha

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.

David Broza

Bocheh el Hakirot | Crying to the Walls

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 3, 2019

Bocheh el Hakirot Shamaim shel etzev alai, vehalailah notef le’ito k’mo chelev haner chermesh hayare’ach kar – milemalah omer li lech hal’ah ve’al tishaver Rakevet halailah mele’ah ga’agu’a va’ani baratzif mechakeh k’mo lenes me’il shel b’didut li – karu’a omer li lanu’a ve’od lechapes Veshuv ga’agu’a pagu’a nagu’a bera’al zichronot gufi bli gufech shuv gove’a,…

David Broza

Yiyhe Tov | Things Will Be Better

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 3, 2019

Yiyhe Tov Ani mabit mehachalon vezeh oseh li dei atzuv ha’aviv chalaf avar lo mi yode’a im yashuv haleitzan hayah lemelech hanavi nihyah leitzan veshachachti et haderech aval ani od kan Veyihyeh tov yihyeh tov, ken lif’amim ani nishbar az halailah ho halailah itach ani nish’ar Yeladim lov’shim k’nafaim ve’afim el hatzava ve’acharei sh’nataim hem…

David Broza

Mitachat Lashamayim | Under the Sky

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 3, 2019

Mitachat Lashamayim Banu lechan mitachat lashamayim shnayim- kemo zug einayim Yesh lanu zman mitachat hashamayim beinataim- anu od kan. At va’ani (x3) vehamitah harechava latet ahava. Lailah va’yom (x3) vehachiyuch mitnatzel she’hu mitatzel. Banu lechan… Shneinu echad (x3) echad shalem ve’agol shalem vegadol. Boi niten (x3) ani eten lach latet latet li latet lach. Banu…

David Broza

Shir Ahava Bedui | Bedouin Love Song

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 3, 2019

Shir Ahava Bedui Tzlilei chalil el hacholot shel hamidbar hayah shole’ach litef hu et gufah harach vehasufah tarfah hakol chadal lihyot kmo hacholot ani rotzeh otach kmo sel’a az hivti’ach lo lindod shuv kmo hachol. Ksheharuchot oto litfu be’oz achaz bemot ha’ohel oznav atam hu lo lishmo’a lo linshom klal et hatzlil atah navad lachash…

Finding the Right Question

By Jeff Finkelstein | February 1, 2019

Wherever I go, people keep asking me, “how are you”? I know they are inquiring because of the intensity of the Federation’s work post October 27th and they are deeply sincere and caring by asking about my personal state. I appreciate the thoughts, yet I am completely uncomfortable with the question. Yes, all of us…

2000 Technology Drive

Exciting New Possibilities

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 25, 2019

Our Federation offices officially opened in our new location at 2000 Technology Drive on January 2nd. They are bright, open and are structured in a way to promote increased collaboration between and among our different departments. I know many of you will have the chance to see the facility when you next attend a meeting…

Stronger Together

Victims of Terror Update & Goals

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 19, 2019

Since our last update December 7, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has continued to focus on three goals: Helping the families of victims, those who were injured and the many people traumatized by the attack Bringing the community together to mourn and to begin the healing process Making sure we remain safe and secure…

Brian Eglash at Internationl Lion of Judah Conference 2019

Our Community Campaign Keeps Us Stronger Together

By Jeff Finkelstein | January 18, 2019

Our Chief Development Officer, Brian Eglash, spoke to women at the JFNA National Lion of Judah Conference about our response to the October 27th murderous attack at the Tree of Life building.

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Hanukkah Light & Kaffe Shachor

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 17, 2019

Hi everyone! we wanted to share with you what we did this past month! First of all, we celebrated Hanukkah, we saw how is it like to celebrate this holiday in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community: the cars with the Menorah on top of them, the different but beautiful melodies for Hanukkah prayers and the fun fact…

This Is Us | Dec 18, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | August Wilson Center

This Is Really Us

By Jeff Finkelstein | December 14, 2018

Just last night, another person from outside of Pittsburgh, this one on my Facebook page, commented on how amazing our Pittsburgh Jewish community has been in our response to the murderous attack of October 27th. He actually wrote, “your community inspires us”. People around the world have learned how special this Pittsburgh Jewish community really…

eJewishPhilanthropy post on early childhood education

The Many Faces of Jewish Early Childhood Education

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 11, 2018

The Director of Early Childhood Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh suggests that Jewish early childhood programs are an antidote to the intolerance and xenophobia. Read the full article on eJewishPhilanthropy.com

Stronger Together

Anti-Semitic Materials Distributed in Squirrel Hill

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 10, 2018

As many of you already know, numerous Anti-Semitic pamphlets in clear bags with seeds were discovered throughout the area over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Police are well aware of and actively addressing the matter. The FBI is also aware and assessing the items discovered. Here are some of the items discovered and turned over to…

Stronger Together

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Denounces Hate Materials Distributed in Squirrel Hill Neighborhood

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 9, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA—This weekend, hate materials were distributed in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Jeff Finkelstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation made these comments: “These anti-Semitic and racist fliers targeted both the Jewish and African American communities. This is a prime example of how hateful people don’t only hate one group of people. The Jewish…

Community Campaign Now More Than Everr

Updates on Our Relief Efforts

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 7, 2018

Dear Jewish Community Members, The tragic attack of Oct. 27 saddened and horrified us. With our hearts still heavy with the burden that this anti-Semitic act of terror inflicted on Jewish Pittsburgh, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh moved immediately to help. Fortunately, thanks to your amazing past support, our Federation and Jewish institutions all…

This Is Us | Dec 18, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | August Wilson Center

The Power of the Collective Federation Approach

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 30, 2018

Right now, throughout Ukraine, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee are monitoring the political situation with heightened tensions between that country and Russia. There is a sizable Jewish community in Ukraine and our financial support of these two organizations provides food and medicine for Jewish seniors, security for communal…

Victims of Terror

Remembrance

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 26, 2018

Excerpts from a CNN post remembering the victims of the attack on the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash and New Light congregations.

Need to Talk

Need to Talk with a Rabbi?

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 20, 2018

Contact Rabbi Amy Bardack to find the support you and your loved ones need. Rabbi Amy Bardack DirectorJewish Life and Learning 412-697-6654abardack@jfedpgh.org

Stronger Together

Jewish Federation Establishes Committee to Disburse More than $4 Million to Aid Victims of Terror

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 14, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA—The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Board of Trustees yesterday approved the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Relief Fund to manage the Victims of Terror Fund distribution. Charged with overseeing and allocating the funds collected in response to the tragedy at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadash and New Light congregations, the committee agreed to…

Stronger Together

Letter to Mayor of Thousand Oaks, CA

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 12, 2018

PDF of Letter to Mayor of Thousand Oaks, CA Letter to Thousand Oaks Nov 9 2018

Tree Of Life Vigil

The New Normal: Acts of Beauty and Unity

By Jeff Finkelstein | November 9, 2018

On Friday night, after dinner, I did the dishes. Every Friday, my job is to wash the dishes after our family Shabbat dinner. I enjoy doing it because my wife does the bulk of the work in our home. This one is my responsibility. After dinner this past Friday, my wife offered to do the…

Penguins Make Donation to Honor VIctims

Penguins Make Donation to Honor Victims of Tree of Life Tragedy

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 9, 2018

The Pittsburgh Penguins presented a donation in honor of the victims and families of the Tree of Life tragedy in the amount of $348,705 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh on November 8, 2018. See the full story on Pittsburgh’s Action 4 News >>

Pittsburgh Kollel Learning Invitation to Culminate in Siyum at Shloshim of the Eleven Holy Souls

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 8, 2018

Dear Friend, Jewish tradition teaches and history has taught us that we as a nation are able to turn darkness into light. Now, in this darkest time of immense tragedy over the senseless loss of eleven members of our community and of the Jewish People, let us unite through the study of Torah, the source of…

The Stickers

Pittsburgh musicians ‘Stand Together’ in wake of synagogue massacre

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 8, 2018

Song proceeds to benefit Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (Nov. 2, 2018) – An all-star Pittsburgh ensemble led by Joe Wodarek, songwriter and lead singer of The Stickers, is uniting in song following last month’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Wodarek will be joined by Pittsburgh music legends Joe Grushecky, Hermie…

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