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An estimated 35% of Pittsburgh’s Jewish families are not meaningfully engaged in Jewish life. 
Some 60% of Jewish teens in Pittsburgh are not affiliated with any Jewish organization.

And yet, Pittsburgh is home to over 150 locally based Jewish organizations. The opportunities for Jewish engagement are there. What can we do to make them stronger?
As suburban communities grow…
As teens dissociate with Jewish affiliation…
As family engagement in Jewish life dwindles…

The Jewish Community Life Commission ensures vital Jewish programming to the community. Doing so ensures meaningfully engaged Jews of all ages and backgrounds.

Through the Federation, the Jewish Community Life Commission invests in partnerships and programs that provide access to Jewish life; we convene organizations to engage specific demographics and specific priorities; and we provide countless professional development opportunities among Jewish communal professionals to engage participants in Jewish life.

In the fall of 2011, each commission gathered baseline statistics to establish three-year goals in order to measure progress and guide investment around priorities.

The Jewish Community Life Commission's 2012-2014 goals:

• Increasing the number of children going to Jewish overnight camp by 23%
• Increasing the number of Jewish teens participating in youth activities by 38%
• Increasing the number of young adults involved in Jewish life by 38%

Over the past three years, through its four funding sources (Campaign, Foundation, Government, and Donor Directed) the total Federation funding to the Jewish Community Life has remained between $1.2 million and $1.3 million.

To find out more about how we work to strengthen our local Jewish Community please contact Josh Donner at 412.992.5263 or