Fragments of Memory 5-7-2019 Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

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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Federation Partnership2Gether Programs Improve Lives

By Jeff Finkelstein / Monday, November 6, 2017

Last Shabbat I was in Jerusalem. There is nothing like being there as the streets quiet down, the sun sets over the Old City and you see families spending time with each other walking to their synagogues, walking to the old city, walking to a park for a picnic or to a restaurant. The purpose […]

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Returning from Israel Inspired

By Jeff Finkelstein / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I spent much of this past week in Israel at the Board of Governors meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Topics of Aliyah (immigration) from France and Ukraine, engaging our young people in Jewish life and using Israel as a prism to do so, engaging more Arabs and ultra-Orthodox in the workforce, discussions about the unity […]

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Our Work in Israel is Strong – See For Yourself in 2016!

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, July 10, 2015

I know I haven’t written in several weeks.  My lack of authoring this weekly piece is not a reflection on the quantity and quality of work being done by our Federation. During the last few weeks, I was in Israel as part of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Assembly and Board meeting.  The Jewish Agency […]

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A Marathon Week of Activity at Federation

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, May 1, 2015

It’s been a marathon week of nonstop activity. At the beginning of it, over 30 Pittsburghers who graduated from the Wexner Heritage Program as well as recipients of the Wexner Fellowship descended on Columbus, OH to celebrate the Wexner Foundation’s 30th Anniversary.  This wasn’t just a party of 1,200 people from around North America and Israel, it […]

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Esther Did Not Sit Idly By

By Jeff Finkelstein / Friday, March 6, 2015

The buzz this past week has been about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in Congress.  Admittedly, there is a divide both within and from outside the Jewish community as to whether the Prime Minister should have given the speech at all.  There is debate about the right way to eliminate the Iranian nuclear threat.  One thing […]

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