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Shabbat Shalom - Friday, Sept. 19

At the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday night, we announced our financial achievements for the year. Our Campaign goal of $13.5 million, the highest ever for our community, was attained. Our Foundation, now with over $200 million under management, added over $18 million. Our work to raise Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) dollars for our Jewish day schools and Jewish preschools hit an all-time high of nearly $4.4 million. When one adds in dollars from other generous funders -- including our partners at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, who provide us with a $900,000 block grant for health and human services -- your Federation secured over $38 million.

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Shabbat Shalom - Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

On Sunday, Shalom Pittsburgh will hold its Fourth Annual Apples & Honey Festival, in Schenley Park. Literally hundreds show up every year for this great program. If you have a young family or grandchildren in town, you don’t want to miss this. If you know of a young Jewish family that would like a Jewish program that is completely welcoming to all, let them know about it. 

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Shabbat Shalom - Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

A fabulous JCC with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, seniors playing mahj, a preschool with adorable children, and a memorial to the Holocaust. A day school with Hebrew words and Judaica covering the walls. A gorgeous facility for seniors, with shared kitchen facilities in every unit. I could be describing our Pittsburgh Jewish community's renowned institutions. In this case, I am actually highlighting the Youngstown, Ohio, Jewish community.

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Shabbat Shalom - Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

You know those moments when you are with your kids, your grandkids, or good friends and you experience something really special, and you realize later that you should have brought a video camera?

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Shabbat Shalom - Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

I grew up in suburban Boston. While the majority of kids in my school were not Jewish, many of my close friends were. During my middle school years, I experienced one anti-Semitic incident, in a gym locker room. A Jewish friend of mine (who happened to be much bigger than both me and the guy who made the anti-Semitic remark) stepped forward and put an end to the whole incident. That was the only time in my 44 years that I directly experienced anything overtly anti-Jewish targeted directly at me.
Just yesterday, a Jewish student on the campus of Temple University was physically attacked. All over Europe, there have been countless anti-Semitic incidents carried out against Jews.

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