Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

2022-23 Shinshinim Will Bring Diverse Strengths to Serve Pittsburgh

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Monday, February 14, 2022

In August 2022 four shinshinim will arrive in Pittsburgh to connect Pittsburghers will Israel.

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June 2022 – Pittsburgh’s Mega Mission to Israel

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, June 26, 2020

While we are still practicing social distancing and dreaming of a time when we are able to travel, to sign up to receive more information as details continue to be hammered out.

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Community Gearing Up for Commemoration and New Connections

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, 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.

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Making the World a Better Place–Community Campaign Back on Track

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, 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.

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Pre-Independence Day Celebration at Beth El Congregation with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Thursday, 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.

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True Partners

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, 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 / Friday, 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 […]

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Proper Conduct Precedes the Torah

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, 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 […]

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CRC Leads Campus Ambassadors on Educational Israel Mission

By Jeff Finkelstein / Monday, April 16, 2018

I asked Laura Cherner, the Assistant Director of the Federation’s Community Relations Council (CRC), to write about her recent experience in accompanying our community’s Campus Ambassadors from our local college campuses. We equip a cohort of students to conduct pro-Israel programming on campus and prepare them to fight the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. […]

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Celebrates the State of Israel's 70th Anniversary at Yom Ha'atzmaut

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The state of Israel is turning 70, and Pittsburgh is invited to the party. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a community-wide celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, the 70th Independence Day of Israel, on April 19. It’s from 4-8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. All events will be outdoors, weather […]

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Yom Ha'atzmaut Continues in the South Hills This Weekend!

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, April 24, 2015

I remember in the late 1970’s, my parents saved up enough money to take their first trip to Israel.  When they returned, they gave me and my siblings gifts.  I remember I was given a t shirt that said “Israel Is Real”.  I know it sounds a little corny today, but it was a big […]

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