Federation is committed to ensuring that community members have a personal connection to Israel and a shared sense of Jewish peoplehood, both locally and globally.  In addition, Federation is committed to addressing the social service needs of impoverished Jews around the world.

The Israel and World Jewry Commission seeks to join with other communities through the Federated system to support shared goals relating to Israel and overseas needs through core funding to two international organizations: the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. IWJ Commission makes the funding recommendations for the Partnership2Gether Program (formerly Partnership 2000), self-directed overseas grants, i-connect and Israel scholarship programs.

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About Israel

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Passport to Israel

An $800 gift to help send your child to Israel. For details, contact Efrat Avramovitch at the Agency for Jewish Learning, (412) 521-1101 x3002

Pittsburgh's Passport to Israel program is funded by the Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund, a supporting program of the Jewish Federation Foundation's Fund for a Jewish Future.

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Shlichim Programs

Shlichim, which is Hebrew for emissary, are Israel community representatives that serve in Jewish communities throughout the world and serve as a cultural and educational link between the people in local communities and the people of Israel. Read more about shlichim programs.