Volunteer Center Staff

Amy Cohen
Volunteer Center Manager


Amy is the Manager of our Volunteer Center. Amy has been with the Federation as the Shalom Pittsburgh Associate since 2012 where she has made a tremendous impact across 6 programming divisions and over 40 events per year. Amy has had a passion for volunteerism her whole life and is very excited to put that passion into practice with the Volunteer Center. Before joining the Federation, Amy was an adjunct faculty member at Luzerne County Community College and was the Director of the Jewish Community Center Day Camp in Dallas, PA. Amy also coordinated volunteer service projects and a volunteer alternative spring break trip to Montevideo, Uruguay while she was a Program Associate at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University. Amy holds a B.A. in Political Science from Clarion University and an M.A. in Political Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Bernstein
Program Associate


Emily serves as the Volunteer Center’s Program Associate. Originally from southern New Jersey, Emily is a new member of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. She holds a B.A. in English Literature as well as an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Rutgers University. Her graduate studies focused on Jewish Memory and American Jewish Life. She also studied at Hebrew University’s Rothman Institute and at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education as a Yesodot Fellow. Before joining the Jewish Federation, Emily taught as a long-term substitute teacher while pursuing New Jersey teacher certification – most recently serving as a long-term School Media Specialist. She also has experience working for the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Federation of Cumberland County, NJ, as well as an editorial background. Emily enjoys writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry, often inspired by Jewish themes. She also loves to sing, play her ukulele, and cook up a great Shabbat meal! Emily brings with her not only a passion for volunteerism, but also her desire to help others within and beyond the Jewish community connect with each other through empathy and service. She is excited to join the Volunteer Center team and “Do Good in the Burgh!”

Joyce Hinnebusch
Administrative Assistant


Joyce serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Volunteer Center. She recently completed two years in Cleveland, Ohio as a Teach for America Corps Member and is excited to bring her passion for serving others to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Joyce holds a B.A. in Digital Media Arts and Theater Arts and an M.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education, both from Duquesne University. She served as President of Duquesne’s Spotlight Musical Theatre Company and as Secretary of the Red Masquers. Joyce still enjoys participating in community theater as a performer and on the executive board for Stage 62 in Carnegie, and also works with the local nonprofit Angels from the Heart by performing and managing their online presence. She is thrilled to be helping the Volunteer Center make Pittsburgh a great place to be!