Come with me on three great trips!
First, we’ll travel together to Washington DC for a two day experience. There will be no travel costs, no travel time nor registration fees to pay. The Jewish Federations of North America is hosting its very first Virtual Mission to Washington, DC on February 1st and 2nd. Senators and members of Congress from both parties have already been confirmed as speakers. With a brand new administration in the White House, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. Even if you can only participate in certain parts of the program, register and join us. All the information including the schedule and the growing list of confirmed speakers can be found at www.jewishfederations.org/dcmission.
A week later, on February 10th, you can virtually pack your bags and travel with me. This time we will arrive in sunny Florida for the Federation’s Annual Snowbird Event. Since the entire program will be held online, all can be snowbirds this winter. Our program features Bret Stephens of the New York Times. There is a minimal charge and donation to the Federation to attend. For more information, visit foundation.jewishpgh.org/snowbird.
The third trip isn’t until June 2022 and will involve actual travel with TSA lines, airline food and luggage schlepping. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh MEGA MISSION to Israel is a must for all of us. To find out more, go to jewishpgh.org/mega-mission. At this link, please note the upcoming information sessions we are holding online during the next few weeks.
Each of these opportunities gives us a chance to learn, to be challenged, to grow, to meet new people and to be more connected.
Finally, I was really pleased to read the news this week that Pittsburgh’s faith community was inducted into the Museum of the Courageous’ (MOTC) Courageous Class 2021 for the way we demonstrated unity and deep compassion after the murderous attack on October 27, 2018. I read the overview piece on the MOTC website and it is clear that two of the many reasons for our community being chosen were both the gathering the Federation quarterbacked at Soldiers and Sailors as well as our communal efforts to raise money for the Christchurch community. No one did what we did to receive awards or accolades. The award is not given to any specific organization, synagogue, church or mosque. It is for the entire broad-based faith community of Pittsburgh. I’m proud we played a role. We are Pittsburgh Strong!