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About Our Staff

Experts in Jewish Philanthropy

With decades of experience in charitable giving in Western Pennsylvania, the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has helped thousands of individuals and families realize their philanthropic goals in the Jewish community. Uniquely positioned to help you find the most efficient and effective way to reach your goals, Foundation staff will provide you with one-on-one guidance to structure flexible, expertly managed and tax-advantaged giving vehicles. Let us help you with your vision while we take care of the investing, paperwork and reporting.

Daniel Brandeis

Daniel O. Brandeis, J.D., LL.M.
Foundation Director
412-992-5220 or dbrandeis@jfedpgh.org.

Dan oversees the management of over 1,300 funds representing more than $240 million in assets under management. Specializing in estate planning  and planned giving, Dan has worked with numerous donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. During his 15-year tenure, Dan has worked with a team that has nearly tripled the Foundation’s assets under management. Dan serves on the board of several private foundations and supporting organizations.  

Prior to joining the Jewish Community Foundation, Dan practiced law at Fox Rothschild, LLP and at Klett, Lieber & Schorling, P.C. Prior to practicing law, he also worked in financial management and planning for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., both in New York. Dan earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, his Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Colby College. 

Seasoned Investment Management

Our goal is to preserve and increase your philanthropic dollars far into the future with a diversified, balanced investment portfolio focused on long-term growth. A dedicated committee of sophisticated finance professionals manages the Jewish Community Foundation’s investments, supported by a professional investment advisor. Our experience and expertise help your philanthropic dollars grow and make a real, measurable difference.

Sharon Perelman

Sharon Perelman
Director of Planned Giving & Associate Foundation Director
412-992-5224 or sperelman@jfedpgh.org.

Sharon has impacted the lives of hundreds of donors and families annually over her 12-year tenure at the Foundation. Her areas of expertise include structuring planned giving strategies for major gifts and drafting complex endowment agreements. During this time, Sharon managed the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future, a $25 million endowment campaign benefitting Jewish engagement and education. Working with a donor, she helped to found and secure matching funds for a teen philanthropy program, winning the Association for Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Philanthropic Innovation award in 2008.

For more than three decades, Sharon has specialized in estate planning and real estate law. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Sharon was President of Keystone Closing Services, a real estate settlement company. She was also an attorney for 8 years at Wittlin, Goldston & Caputo, PC and began her career at Rothman Gordon, PC. Sharon earned her Juris Doctor from University of Pittsburgh Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. 

Rabbi Danny Schiff

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff, DHL
Foundation Scholar
412-992-5285 or dschiff@jfedpgh.org.

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff is the Foundation Scholar for the Jewish Community Foundation, founder and President of the Museum of Jewish Ideas and a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish law and ethics. He is the author of Abortion in Judaism and has written a substantial number of articles. Before joining the Jewish Community Foundation, Rabbi Schiff served as the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning, as a Board member of the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Board and the Society of Jewish Ethics, and as rabbi of B’nai Israel in White Oak and Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, Australia.

Rabbi Schiff received ordination, Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, a Doctor of Hebrew Letters and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

Jenny Kaplan

Jenny Kaplan, CPA
Senior Financial Analyst,
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
412-992-5259 or jkaplan@jfedpgh.org.

Jenny manages the accounting operations specifically for the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Jenny joined the staff in 2011 after working for the local public accounting firm of Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. for four and a half years. While there, Jenny worked as an auditor and performed audits for several local nonprofits, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She also spent time with the non-profit tax group and gained knowledge about the tax reporting requirements for non-profit organizations. Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and also maintains her Certified Professional Accountant license in Pennsylvania. 

Patti Flister

Patti Flister
Administrative Assistant,
Jewish Community Foundation
412-992-5216 or pflister@jfedpgh.org.

With 29 years of experience at the Jewish Community Foundation, Patti Flister processes all contributions for the Foundation including contributions to the Jewish Women’s Foundation. She also prepares calculations for gift annuities and trusts and helps to manage Foundation Scholar Rabbi Danny Schiff’s schedule and many programs. Patti considers all donors to the Foundation her friends and loves to speak to them on a daily basis.

Patti Dzeikan

Patti Dziekan
Administrative Assistant,
Jewish Community Foundation
412-992-5221 or pdziekan@jfedpgh.org.

Patti Dziekan has been employed at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for 22 years, with the last 18 years spent in the Foundation office. Patti manages all distributions from the Foundation. Along with her other tasks, she also assists donors with events including—but not limited to— Continuing Legal Education events, the Passport to Israel program and the Foundation’s events in Florida.

The Jewish Future…

We’re not just dreaming about it; we’re building it. We’re laying the groundwork for the next phase of Jewish Pittsburgh: a thriving, knowledgeable, visionary community that cares for all its members and strives for good. Help us create that future. Be a part of the Foundation for the Pittsburgh Jewish community of tomorrow.

Brian Eglash

Brian Eglash, CAP
Chief Development Officer,
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
412-992-5240 or beglash@jfedpgh.org.

Brian oversees all development operations at the Jewish Federation. In addition, Brian works directly with philanthropic clients including family foundations. In December of 2015, Brian completed his Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP) designation from the American College of Pennsylvania, adding deep knowledge in tax issues, estate tools and charitable planning. He is a graduate of the JFNA’s Mandel Executive Development Program. Brian has acted in many directorial roles, including Campaign and Financial Resource Development, Agency Endowment Development, Allocations and Overseas Operations, and was Assistant Planning Director. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation in 1997, he held positions at the Jewish Agency/World Zionist Organization and served in the prestigious NAHAL infantry/airborne combat unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. Brian holds Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. 

Jeffrey Finkelstein

Jeffrey Finkelstein
President & Chief Operating Officer,
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
412-992-5260 or jfinkelstein@jfedpgh.org.

In addition to overseeing all daily operations of the Jewish Federation, Jeff helps high net worth clients recognize their philanthropic goals across all areas of financial resource development. Jeff joined the Federation in 1998 as director of the annual community campaign before being promoted to vice president in 2001. Previously, he worked at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Arts in Jewish communal service from Brandeis University.

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