The Organizations We Help

Adat Shalom
Adat Shalom is a community synagogue located in the Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh. The synagogue serves the greater North Hills communities including Cranberry, Fox Chapel, Hampton, New Kensington, Oakmont, Ross Township and Shaler.

Rabbi Lehrer is a member of the Fox Chapel Ministerium and works to insure that the interests and the needs of our Jewish Community are heard. We have partnered with the Fox Chapel School District, Hampton School District and area parochial schools on tolerance and Interfaith awareness. 

Agency for Jewish Learning
The Agency for Jewish Learning (AJL) is the central resource for Jewish education in Pittsburgh. The AJL serves to engage the wider community by strengthening all of Pittsburgh’s Jewish learning providers through training and consultation; development and distribution of educational resources; promoting networking and collaborative opportunities among educators and institutions; offering a menu of adult learning classes. AJL departments include Adult Learning, Jewish Teacher Institute, Jewish Teacher Resource Center, School for Advanced Jewish Studies (community supplemental Jewish high school), Special Needs.

BBYO
BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 80 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. BBYO offers safe and welcoming opportunities for learning and growth to all Jewish teens regardless of background, denominational affiliation, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. BBYO encourages Jewish teens to find meaning in Judaism and to develop their own Jewish identities. Committed to a pluralistic experience, BBYO attempts to accommodate and provide a comfortable environment across the halachic (Jewish law) spectrum. BBYO’s international leadership model, AZA and BBG, prides itself on fun and meaningful teen-led programming, its responsibility to the global Jewish community, an unwavering commitment to the State of Israel, and its dedication to tikkun olam – repairing the world. BBYO’s stakeholders define the organization and are the stewards of its brand. They must act in a way that represents and celebrates BBYO’s rich history and tradition.

Community Day School
Community Day is a K-8 independent Jewish Day School fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools and affiliated with the Solomon Schecter Day School Association and the National Association of Independent Schools, at Community Day, students are challenged to make each day matter. An accelerated academic curriculum, integrating Hebrew language instruction and Judaic Studies, offers a unique educational experience that inspires students minds and nurtures their souls. Community Day is inclusive and pluralistic and serves as a Community Jewish Day school.

Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle, established in Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, is dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs to become more fully integrated into the broader community. Since 1994, Friendship Circles have been created in more than 60 cities around the world.

The program allows children and young adults with special needs to enjoy the company of teenage and young adult volunteers in a full range of social activities.The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen both the Jewish and greater community. 

Hillel Academy
Hillel Academy was established more then 55 years ago. We are a Jewish Day
School committed to blending excellence in general studies with the timeless
teaching of the Torah. Over 240 students, from preschool, elementary, junior
high, and girls’ high school, receive comprehensive education that equips them
for the challenges of the future.

The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center
The JUC is the focal point of Jewish campus life in Pittsburgh. Through our
pluralistic approach, we endeavor to engage Jewish students of all backgrounds,
forming a “community of communities” that offers a variety of options for
expressing Jewish identity.

Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
The mission of the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater
Pittsburgh is to educate teachers and students; to commemorate the lives of
victims, including anyone traumatized by the events of 1933 – 1945; and to
document those events through the collection of artifacts, videos and oral
histories or survivors. Our programs and exhibitions heighten public awareness,
honor survivors, and keep memory alive.

The Jewish Association on Aging
The Jewish Association on Aging offers a full array of home, community and
residential services, providing comprehensive, coordinated care and facilities
to meet the changing needs of our community’s older adults. Mollies Meals
provides nutritious meals to seniors in their homes. For those who need
assistance with seniors during the day, they may choose to attend the Council
Care Adult Day Services programs. When the time comes to leave their homes,
seniors may choose to move into Weinberg Terrace or the Assisted Living at
Weinberg Village. Complete nursing and rehabilitation services are available at
the Charles M. Morris Center. The Sivitz Jewish Hospice provides in-home hospice
services to those with life-limiting illnesses.

Jewish Community Center
The JCC is a place of belonging and community. Children, teens, adults, seniors
and families are welcome at the JCC. Get in shape at our fitness centers and
pools. Explore your interests in our dynamic classes and programs. Take a trip
with us. Spend time at one of JCC’s many summer camps. There’s something for
everyone at the JCC.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
JF&CS offers more than 30 programs to help people deal with the challenges of
life. Whether it’s helping families deal with divorce or troubled teens, care
for a child with disabilities, find employment, adopt a child, take care of an
elderly parent, or fully integrate into the community and workplace and obtain
citizenship, JF&CS has a program that can help.

Jewish Residential Services
JRS provides residential and rehabilitative services to people needing
assistance or support because of psychiatric or development disabilities. JRS
helps people with ongoing disabilities establish dignified, productive,
satisfying lives in the community. JRS offers a culturally rich, Jewish
environment, welcoming to people of all backgrounds, which encourages program
participants to build upon their strengths and grow to their fullest potential.

JFilm
JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum presents movies and guest artists from around the world on a year-round schedule for the purpose of exploring and celebrating Jewish culture. A broad range of offerings is designed to reach people of all races, religions, ages and abilities, and collaboration with other organizations brings in new audiences and expands JFilm’s reach. Film-related programming encourages dialogue and understanding in the schools and the community at large.

JFilm’s hallmark event is a film festival held each spring which was started in 1994. The festival hosts filmmakers from around the world to speak with audiences as well as lead workshops at local universities, presents expert panelists to articulate and expand upon certain themes, and offers audiences the opportunity to discuss opinions in small groups following select films.

Other JFilm programs include Teen Screen, where student groups come for free during the school day to see a Holocaust or other curriculum-related film. Teachers are provided with a study-guide to help prepare their students for the film viewing or can welcome a JFilm educator to their classroom for a session to prepare students for the film viewing. Over 16,000 students and teachers have attended the program since it was started in 2005.

The Red String (formerly Jewcy) Film Series offers films and networking events for the 21 – 35 crowd at unique locations throughout the city.

Reel to Real: Generation to Generation brings teens and senior adults together at senior living facilities to watch and discuss films.

The Robinson International Short Film Competition honors independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes by awarding significant cash prizes and exposure for their work.

NCJW
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Congregation Poale Zedeck
Poale Zedeck is a modern Orthodox synagogue serving Jews of all ages, background and religious orientations. Over 300 families are members of Poale Zedeck. On an ordinary Shabbat there are over 200 adults in the main sanctuary for services. Hospitality is available for Shabbat and holidays. The full-time spiritual leader is Rabbi Daniel Yolkut.

Poale Zedeck provide free childcare for infants and preschoolers every Shabbat morning. There is a Junior Congregation for school-age children. Poale Zedeck offers a Special Education Program Sunday School directed by Mr. Harold Goldwasser.

Poale Zedeck offers a full range of adult education courses for men and women on beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes include Bible, Talmud, Practical Observance, Rabbinic Responsa, Jewish mysticism, Hebrew language and contemporary Jewish issues.

The Congregation also has affiliate organizations—an active Sisterhood and Men’s Club. The Sisterhood has a catering service for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other affairs held in the Congregation’s Social Hall. Each affiliated organization sponsors educational activities geared to the needs of their membership. Lectures, picnics, debates, parties, Torah-talks are all part of the bonding process which help create the “Poale Zedeck Family”. 

Riverview Towers Apartments
The Riverview Towers buildings are HUD facilities built for low to low-moderate
income seniors (62 years or older). Located just across the river from the new
Waterfront area and adjacent to the new residential development, Somerset at
Frick, Riverview Towers is in the heart of our community.

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry
Since their inception, the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry has provided a safety net to the hungry and food insecure in the 15217 zip code area without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability. Their goal is to ensure food security and help individuals achieve as much self-sufficiency and independence as possible. They do so by supplying emergency and supplemental food and direct social service and resource coordination, often acting as an entry point to other needed social, psychological, employment and government services.

With the assistance of an army of committed community volunteers and the support of a cadre of donors and other partners, the pantry is privileged to serve those who do not have enough resources to feed themselves and their families. 

Squirrel Hill Health Center
Established in 2006, the SQUIRREL HILL HEALTH CENTER   is a comprehensive primary healthcare center based in Pittsburgh, PA. SHHC’s doctors provide the highest quality medical care to everyone in our community, regardless of their income level or insurance status. We serve everyone seeking the best care available with a special concern for their religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural background, primary language, age, sex, and disability status. Our multi-lingual staff provides affordable healthcare services to patients of all ages, including: primary and preventive medical care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, sick visits, mental and behavioral health services, dental care, and case management. We also have on-site lab services and provide access to low cost medications. Discounts are available for uninsured patients and many pay as little as $15 per visit. All types of insurance coverage are accepted.

Yeshiva Schools
Day School: preschool thru high school. Separate campuses for boys and girls. Yeshiva Schools is dedicated to providing opportunities for each and every child to shine in his or her unique way, with understanding that we are all a part of a Divine plan to bring goodness into the world and that every person is truly an essential part of that plan.  Yeshiva is proud that teaching goodness is their goal. Over the last several years, dozens of families have moved to Pittsburgh because of Yeshiva. The welcome that new families enjoy is the same welcome that every individual enjoys in the “Yeshiva Family.” The children come from diverse Jewish backgrounds, a fortunate phenomenon that addresses sensitivity in and out of the classroom. If needed, children can receive additional support to supplement learning in any subject.

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