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The Shinshinim Host a Trivia Game at J-Fest

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

Raz and Levin joined the community at J-Fest, where they hosted an Israel trivia game on Darlington Ave. alongside the Squirrel Hill JCC. J-Fest is a for teens, by teens program. This is the second year of this free street festival. The teens participated in these activities: – Steelers on the BIG SCREEN watch party…

Israel Lesson at Adat Shalom

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

  The Shinshinim visited Adat Shalom to educate 17 teacher assistants direct methods on how to educate the younger students about Israel.    

Jewish Federation at Work

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 15, 2018

Meet Benji. Benji Himmel received an Israel scholarship from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to attend the fall 8-week program of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. While in Israel, he took the opportunity to visit his friend Shachar Yefet from Karmiel/Misgav, who was an Israeli camper at Emma Kaufmann Camp in the…

This Is Us

This Is Us

By Jeff Finkelstein | October 12, 2018

With all the Jewish holidays resulting in very short work weeks, I have not written in quite a while. And because I will be in Israel starting next week for a Federation mission followed by the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, it may be a few more until I write again.…

Jewish Federation’s Steeltree Fund Grants $12,000 to Three Organizations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 20, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s SteelTree Fund will give three organizations a total of $12,200 for graduate students, a women’s study retreat and a graphic novel about the Holocaust. The funding came as part of the first of four rounds for 2018–19 from SteelTree, the Federation’s micro-grant program. SteelTree board members funded the Jewish…

Community Study

Our Impact: The 2017 Jewish Community Study

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 21, 2018

The Jewish population of Pittsburgh has grown to 49,200 according to the 2017 Jewish Community Study, released by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh in February. The study is a testament to the power of collective giving—the study, which was funded by the Jewish Community Foundation, was led by staff from the Pittsburgh Jewish Community…

Shinshinim at Apples and Honey

Say Hello to Our Shinshinim at Apples & Honey!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 19, 2018
Shinshinim at Heritage Night

We have arrived! One of the first stops – PNC Park for Jewish Heritage Night!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 17, 2018

WE ARE HERE and what a journey it has been! We packed our bags, said our goodbyes and started our 12-hour journey. Little did we know that it will take us a little longer to get to our new homes in Pittsburgh! As we got into Newark we found out our flight was canceled and…

Shinshinim Arrive

Shinshinim Land in Pittsburgh!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 14, 2018

Our Pittsburgh Shinshinim, Raz and Hadar have arrived! Let’s give them a warm welcome to Pittsburgh!

ReJEWvenating Experiences of Jewish Summer Camp and Keshet Inclusion Curriculum

By Jeff Finkelstein | August 3, 2018

There were two powerful moments I personally experienced this past week that I will briefly share in this message. I joined a group of Federation staff and volunteers at Emma Kaufmann Camp, along with our colleagues from the JCC, to meet with and to evaluate three different programs supported by our Federation and to learn…

At the Gaza Border

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | August 2, 2018

The Jewish Agency for Israel supports residents enduring months of rockets, mortars and firebombs. By Alan Hoffmann, CEO & Director General, The Jewish Agency for Israel For several months, residents of Israel’s south have suffered relentless rocket attacks, mortar fire and arson kites making what we would think of as normal life impossible. Times like…

PJ Library Hannukah Storytime

Jewish Moments, Courtesy of PJ Library

By Jeff Finkelstein | July 27, 2018

A group of staff from the Federation and the JCC met this week to discuss our PJ Library program. PJ Library is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The JCC, through Federation funding, carries out high quality programs to connect PJ Library families. Before I continue, let’s make…

Get a Chance to Throw Out the First Pitch at a Pirates Game for Jewish Heritage Night, August 16

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 24, 2018

Have you ever imagined standing on the mound like Sandy Koufax (or, you know, pick a modern equivalent), staring down the batter, game on the line, fingers gripping a fastball–? Well, this isn’t quite like that. But it’s the same mound, same home plate! Now you can throw out the first pitch at a Pirates…

Hadar Maravent

Hadar Fact 5

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Hadar Maraven

Hadar Fact 4

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Hadar Maravent

Hadar Fact 3

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Hadar Maravent

Hadar Fact 2

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Hadar Maravent

Hadar Fact 1

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Hadar Maravent

Meet Hadar

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Raz Levin

Raz Fact 5

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Raz Levin

Raz Fact 4

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Raz Levin

Raz Fact 3

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 18, 2018
Raz Levin

Raz Fact 2

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 17, 2018
Raz Levin

Raz Fact 1

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 16, 2018
Raz Levin

Meet Raz

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 15, 2018
Riverview Towers Parking Lot Without Dirt Pile

Where Do I Begin?

By Jeff Finkelstein | July 13, 2018

I was trying to think about what I should write about this week. Should it be about the high level Federation Board informational meetings we are holding to delve into the approximate $17 Million in tax credits Riverview Towers has been granted? Should I write about the fact that a group of Israeli teens from…

Pittsburgh Children and Young Adults Experience Israel through Various Federation Programs

By Jeff Finkelstein | July 6, 2018

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Board of Governors meeting took place in Jerusalem a week ago. Natan Sharansky, one of my personal Jewish heroes, completed a nine year term as the Chairman of the Executive and Isaac “Bougie” Herzog was unanimously elected to take over that role. I recommend reading about his election, his…

Jewish Federation Raises Record Amount to Benefit Human Services, Community Programs and Planning

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | June 25, 2018

Donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will provide almost $28 million in allocations and grants to human services and community-building programs in 2018–19. The allocations, announced by the Federation’s Board of Directors, will support programs in Pittsburgh and in Jewish communities around the world. The Jewish Federation raised funds for the allocations through…

Proper Conduct Precedes the Torah

By Josh Sayles | June 22, 2018

I asked Josh Sayles, our Community Relations Director, to write this week’s piece. Community Relations (CRC) work is critically important for both bridging relationships within our Jewish community and for building our relations with other diverse communities throughout our Greater Pittsburgh region.  There are a handful of American Jews who believe Israel can do no…

Pittsburgh Local, Peyton Klein Recieves National Award; A $36,000 Grant for Giving Voice to World's Most Underserved Populations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | June 20, 2018

One of 15 recipients across the country, 16-year-old Peyton Klein of Taylor Allderdice High School was awarded the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award last week for her creation of the Global Minds Initiative. The program combats the issues of cultural intolerance, ignorance and discrimination through one-on-one after school tutoring and activities with English as a Second Language…

Humans of Masa presenting: Rachel Eisenberg

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | June 18, 2018

Hi my name is Rachel Eisenberg, I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I recently graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art history and came to Israel one month later to begin my Masa Tikkun Olam journey. Read the full interview on masaisrael.org…

Vibrant Pittsburgh and Urban Affairs Foundation Offer Mini Grants to Strengthen Civic Engagement Among the Region's Diverse Community-based Organizations

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | June 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Two Western Pennsylvania champions of diversity — Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — have joined forces to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: 2018 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This fund will promote diverse…

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