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At the Gaza Border
Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Jewish Agency for Israel supports residents enduring months of rockets, mortars and firebombs.

By Alan Hoffmann, CEO & Director General, The Jewish Agency for Israel

At the Gaza BorderFor several months, residents of Israel's south have suffered relentless rocket attacks, mortar fire and arson kites making what we would think of as normal life impossible.

Times like these bring into sharp relief the work The Jewish Agency does each and every day in southern Israel generally and the Gaza perimeter in particular.


  • Around 100 children from the Gaza perimeter will attend two weeks of our Fund for Victims of Terror summer camp in August.
  • Through Partnership2Gether the Jewish Federation of San Diego County raised funds to support their partner region, Sha’ar Hanegev.
  • Youth Futures mentors are identifying at-risk children showing signs of trauma and referring them to the services they need – or just giving a hug and a kind word.
  • The staff of our Absorption Centers are on hand 24/7 for security and emotional support, and are running summer camps for new immigrant children.
  • Amigour staff are also there around the clock to help elderly residents get to safe shelter as quickly as possible when air raid sirens go off.

These Jewish Agency programs and more ensure that communities near Gaza remain resilient.

Humans of Masa presenting: Rachel Eisenberg
Monday, June 18, 2018

Rachel EisenbergHi my name is Rachel Eisenberg, I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I recently graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art history and came to Israel one month later to begin my Masa Tikkun Olam journey.

Read the full interview on masaisrael.org...


Reclaiming the Word 'Zionism'
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kim SalzmanWhen I made aliyah in 2006 immediately after the conclusion of the Second Lebanon War, I was surprised to discover that not only did my American family and friends question my decision to move to Israel, but so did many Israelis. “Because I’m a Zionist,” I would answer them when they asked me what brought me to Israel at the age of 28 – with a law degree in tow and no family to lean on. 

Read the full article on The Times of Israel...


Karen Morris Writes About Her Journey Home
Monday, May 7, 2018

A Special BlessingKaren Morris, director of education at Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha Congregation, went on the Partnership2Gether Jewish Federation Volunteer Mission to Karmiel/Misgav this past April and shared her experience.

The mission was an incredible opportunity to travel with a diverse group of Pittsburghers (ages 50 - 87 from all parts of our city), and contribute to our partner region - Karmiel/Misgav. We learned about many of the projects funded by our Federation…. We ate with Israelis, discussed the relationship between United States Jewry and Israel, and were treated to a thought provoking discussion with Rabbi Danny Schiff. It was a busy four and half days!” 

 Read more on www.tolols.org...


Israeli Shlichim Share Their Pittsburgh Experiences
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Steel City Shilichim Recall PastAs we celebrate and reflect on 70 years of Israel, a number of Israelis who have served the Pittsburgh Jewish Community as shlichim, or emissaries, reflect on their experience in this article in the Jewish Chronicle, sharing how engaging with Jewish Pittsburghers has left a deep impact on their lives. 

Read the full story in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle...

Native Pittsburgher Sarah Kreimer Fosters Peace in Israel with “Joint Venture” Initiative
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sarah Kreimer
Through activism, entrepreneurship, and community building, Sarah Kreimer – founder of the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development – works to cultivate economic growth and cooperative understanding between Israelis and Arabs.


Read full story in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle...


Akko Center for Arts & Technology is Thriving
Thursday, November 16, 2017

ACAT Manchester Bidwell Corporations’s Israel off-shoot is thriving
A-CAT, based on the Manchester-Bidwell model, is supported by Israel and Overseas Funding and brings together Jews and Arabs living in Northern Israel to receive vocational training.

Read about it in the Post Gazette...

Kishorit Special Wine Made by People with Special Needs
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kishor Special Winery
Kishorit, a home for life for adults with special needs, is proudly supported by the Israel and Overseas Funding Committee, and is featured on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Read about it on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website...


Now is the Time to Engage
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Brian Eglash
Brian Eglash, our Chief Development Officer, makes the case for why now is the time to engage, not disengage, with Israel.


Read about it in the Times of Israel...

Two Great Problems Face American Jewry
Monday, August 7, 2017

Israeli Identity
How “Israeliness” can play a role in securing the future of American Jewry.

Read about it in The Tower...


Krembo Wings Models Inclusion
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Krembo WingsKrembo Wings is the only inclusive youth movement in Israel for children and youth with and without disabilities, providing weekly social activities for young people. Krembo Wing’s Karmiel branch is generously supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and its Israel and Overseas Funding Committee.

Read about it on Israel21c...

Stop the Hate
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stop the Hate
A new website was recently launched by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. The website is dedicated to unifying Israel’s defenders around the world, and includes some really impactful videos, satirical cartoons and articles.

Visit www.4il.org.il.

Moona Winners Visit Pittsburgh
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Moona WinnersSupported by seed money from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Partnership2Gether program and currently supported by Israel and Overseas Funding, Moona is located in Majd al-Krum in Israel’s Karmiel-Misgav Region, and offers extracurricular programs for junior high school through high school students, as well as technology training programs for young adults. Three Moona participants recently visited Pittsburgh.  

Read about their visit in the Jewish Chronicle...

Pro Israel Videos
Friday, June 16, 2017

Pro Israel Videos
Looking to be an advocate for Israel online? Access some great video clips.

Read how in this Times of Israel article...


Six Day War: 50 Years Later
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Six Day War Event
The Jewish community in Pittsburgh commemorates fifty years since the Six Day War.

Read the full story in the Jewish Chronicle online...


Yom Ha'atzmaut and Matisyahu in Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Matisyahu performed live and acoustic in Pittsburgh for Israel’s 69th birthday.

Read the story in the Jewish Chronicle