Pause with Pittsburgh

Pause with Pittsburgh

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 18, 2019

As you probably know, there are major activities planned for October 27th and all of the details can be found at

Gov. Wolf announces statewide remembrance day, flag lowering to honor Tree of Life victims.

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 18, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, October 27, 2019, a day of remembrance and ordered state flags to half-staff on the one-year mark of an anti-Semitic attack on the Dor Hadash, New Light, and Tree of Life• Or L’Simcha congregations in their synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Stronger Together

“Shabbat Shalom ve Hag Sukkot sameach to Pittsburgh from Halle!”

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 11, 2019

Another antisemitic attack, however this one did not work out as the attacker had intended. due to improvements made through The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Security Assistance Fund.

Yom Kippur

“…and on Yom Kippur it is Sealed”

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 4, 2019

When we all recited the prayer of Unetaneh Tokef last year at the beginning of 5779, none of us knew what would happen on October 27, 2018.

Jewish Federation will Pay for Security for Pittsburgh Synagogues and JCC for the High Holidays

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 26, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s security fund will pay for armed security at area synagogues and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 30–Oct.1) and Yom Kippur (Oct. 8¬–9).

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Jewish Federation’s Israel and Overseas Director Moves to Karmiel/Misgav

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 23, 2019

Kim Salzman, Director of Israel & Overseas programs, shares her personal experiences thus far on Manof to give the Pittsburgh Jewish community an insight into day-to-day life in Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether region.

Remember. Repair. Together.

Remember. Repair. Together.

By Jeff Finkelstein | September 20, 2019

The October 27th one-year commemoration theme of the day will be “Remember. Repair. Together.” We hope you will join us for the parts that you would find meaningful.

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.

Bella, Paulina and Marni

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.


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.

Major Gift to Ethiopian National Project ENP

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.

Legacy International Worship Center

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.


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!


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.

Yom Haaztmaut at JCC

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.

Pride Parade 2017

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.

Grinspoon Award

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.

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