Our Impact: Young Families

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Campaign supports young families by supporting programs at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), the Jewish day schools and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC).

This support especially helps families who are new to Pittsburgh, like Jordan Fischbach and Yael Silk. Jordan and Yael moved here from Los Angeles in part to be closer to family and in part because of the strong Jewish community—made stronger by the Community Campaign.

The Jewish Federation’s support in the community has enhanced Jordan’s and Yael’s experience in Pittsburgh immensely. They exercise at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC). Their kids attended synagogue early childhood programs and go to the JCC’s James and Rachel Levinson Day Camp.

The Community Campaign supports young families in so many ways.  For example:

  • The Pittsburgh Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI) is an innovative and multi-faceted approach to preschool education that promotes Jewish identity through the involvement of parents in their children’s learning. The program has already made a significant impact on Jewish engagement of young parents and reached over 500 children.
  • The JCC not only supports the education and well-being of young children, but also supports the needs of teens. JTeenPGH, as the JCC calls its collection of teen programs, consists of JLine, the Diller Teen Fellows, Hazamir Choir, and JServe. These programs provide Jewish learning, identity-building, and a love for Israel.
  • Thanks to the EITC program, over 7,000 scholarships for Jewish day school have been awarded since the program began in 2001. It has supported countless low-income families and increased participation in Jewish life for both kids and their parents.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Campaign changes lives everyday starting with our community’s children. Help support our young families and the programs that shape their lives by supporting the Community Campaign.

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