Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA   |  https://jewishpgh.org/

Mission

The Vision of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is to have a thriving, vibrant, and engaged Jewish Community. In order to accomplish this we raise and allocate funds and build community locally, in Israel, and around the world.

Ruling year info

1957

Principal Officer

Jeffrey H. Finkelstein

Main address

2000 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219 USA

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Formerly known as

United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

EIN

25-1017602

NTEE code info

Raising & Fund Distribution (Sun)

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Our programs

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JFilm

In 2012-2013, more than 10,000 people attended JFilm events and programs. The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum brought international perspectives on Jewish culture to more than 8,800 viewers. More than 3,500 watched the 18 films of the 20th annual JFilm Festival in April. About 4,100 were students who saw and discussed films at school through Teen Screen. Others were teens who watched films with elders in assisted living through Reel to Real: Generation to Generation. JFilm's Red String Film Series provided young adult programming and the Robinson International Short Film Competition provided a much-needed venue for short works. In the city and suburbs, JFilm introduced Pittsburghers to guest artists and great films from around the world.

Population(s) Served

The Holocaust was a unique historical event; the lessons we learn from it are universal. We are committed to education about the events of the Holocaust, commemoration of those who suffered and triumphed, and documentation of the stories of survivors, liberators and protectors. The mission of Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is to transform community and individual attitudes and behaviors by recognizing, understanding and remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust. Our programs and exhibitions heighten public awareness, serve to honor survivors, and keep memories alive.

Population(s) Served

Shalom Pittsburgh is the outreach component of the Jewish Federation's Young Adult Division (YAD). Shalom Pittsburgh (SP) offers a wide range of social, educational and community service programs that enable Jewish individuals between the ages of 22 and 45 to connect with their peers and the Jewish community. Included are family programs that bring parents and young children together in celebration of Jewish holidays, for example, as well as Shalom Baby, an outreach effort to connect new parents with community resources. YAD engages young adults in the Federation's Annual Campaign, providing them with a means to support the fund raising efforts of the Federation and, in turn, strengthen our community and our city. YAD also sponsors leadership development programs for young adults, ranging from a Lunch and Learn series to the intensive Wechsler Leadership Development program which grooms leaders to serve the Federation and our agencies.

Population(s) Served

The Community Relations Council (CRC) engages in public policy issues exclusively on the basis of Jewish values and: promotes and defends equal rights and social and economic justice for all;assures freedom of thought, opinion, expression and association; insists that all governmental actions neither endorse nor unduly inhibit religious practice and that they do not extensively entangle government and religion; fosters amicable relationships among ethnic, racial, national, religious and other groups in our community; promotes better understanding between the Jewish community and the community at large with respect to issues affecting the local, state, national and international Jewish community; enlists governmental and public support on behalf of Israel; enlists governmental and public support for oppressed communities throughout the world, with special vigilance against genocide; advocates positions on human services and social legislation affecting the Jewish community; builds coalitions with groups and organizations in the wider Pittsburgh community in the promotion of all of the above purposes; functions as a non-partisan body without any political affiliation or participation in party or electoral politics.

Population(s) Served

The Federation's Volunteer Center was launched in 2012 and has engaged more than 1,400 volunteers with over 200 volunteer opportunities in both Pittsburgh and Israel. In a special mission coordinated by the Center, a team of Pittsburgh volunteers traveled to Israel to help build community gardens and support programs for the disadvantaged. In Pittsburgh, the Center launched several new local programs including VOOM! and Follow the Reader. VOOM! features monthly volunteer opportunities and encourages individuals and groups to get involved with new activities and organizations. Follow the Reader is a monthly enrichment program that takes volunteers into preschools to read for children. The Volunteer Center helped 600 volunteers participate in Good Deeds Day and collaborated with United Way to bring mentors to children and visitors to elders. Throughout the year, the Center has helped volunteers to experience the value of living generously.

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Awards

Green Power Award 2007

Penn Future

Program of Excellence Award 2007

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Best Places To Work In Pittsburgh 2009

Pittsburgh Business Times

Sapir Award For Outstanding Annual Campaign 2009

Jewish Federation's of North America

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1957

Financials

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Meryl K. Ainsman

Meryl Ainsman

Susan Berman

David Brent

Marc Brown

Milton Eisner

Karen Feinstein

Geoffrey Gerber

Peter Gordon

Meyer Grinberg

Alan Guttman

Stephen Halpern

Michael Jacobs

Evan Indianer

James Joshowitz

Linda Joshowitz

David Kalson

Judi Kanal

Ellen Kessler

Eileen Lane

Jan Levinson

Wendy Mars

Charles Perlow

Charles Porter

Reid Roberts

William Rudolph

Cynthia Shapira

Barbara Shuman

Edgar Snyder

William Spatz

Andrew Stewart

David Sufrin

Scott Tobe

Howard Valinksy

James Wagner

Robert Wein

Gregory Weingart

Kathryn Whitlach