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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

More than 200 people joined us to honor the Founders of the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

May 17, 2011
CFJF Founders in attendance (L-R): Edward and Linda Goldston, Charles Porter on behalf of Giant Eagle Foundation, David Burstin, Meryl Ainsman on behalf of Philip Chosky Foundation, Arnold Gefsky, Jane Yahr and Barbara Goldberg on behalf of Dr. Solomon an

CFJF Founders in attendance (L-R): Edward and Linda Goldston, Charles Porter on behalf of Giant Eagle Foundation, David Burstin, Meryl Ainsman on behalf of Philip Chosky Foundation, Arnold Gefsky, Jane Yahr and Barbara Goldberg on behalf of Dr. Solomon an

Wexner Group: Back row: Larry and Kathy Hurwitz, David Shapira, William Rudolph, Lou Weiss, Charles Saul Front row: Nancy and William Berkowitz, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Amy Weiss, Lieba Rudolph

Wexner Group: Back row: Larry and Kathy Hurwitz, David Shapira, William Rudolph, Lou Weiss, Charles Saul Front row: Nancy and William Berkowitz, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Amy Weiss, Lieba Rudolph

Guests listening to Rabbi Teluskin

Guests listening to Rabbi Teluskin

David and Cindy Shapira, Jewish Community Foundation and Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future Co-chairs;  Rabbi Telushkin; Sharon Perelman, Foundation Associate Director; Dan Brandeis, Foundation Director

David and Cindy Shapira, Jewish Community Foundation and Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future Co-chairs; Rabbi Telushkin; Sharon Perelman, Foundation Associate Director; Dan Brandeis, Foundation Director

David and Cindy Shapira, Rabbi Telushkin and Bill Rudolph

David and Cindy Shapira, Rabbi Telushkin and Bill Rudolph

David Shapira

David Shapira

Larry Hurwitz and Edgar Snyder

Larry Hurwitz and Edgar Snyder

Flo and Art Sonnenklar, Gerald Ostrow

Flo and Art Sonnenklar, Gerald Ostrow

Jeff Finkelstein, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO, David and Cindy Shapira, Rabbi Telushkin, Bill Rudolph

Jeff Finkelstein, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO, David and Cindy Shapira, Rabbi Telushkin, Bill Rudolph

Rabbi Telushkin and Bill Rudolph, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Chair of the Board

Rabbi Telushkin and Bill Rudolph, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Chair of the Board

Rabbi Telushkin, Cindy and David Shapira

Rabbi Telushkin, Cindy and David Shapira

Carol and Ted Goldberg, Sarita and Milt Eisner, Nancy Ostrow

Carol and Ted Goldberg, Sarita and Milt Eisner, Nancy Ostrow

Jane Yahr, Joanne and Brad Perelman, Barbara Goldberg

Jane Yahr, Joanne and Brad Perelman, Barbara Goldberg

Rabbi Telushkin signing copies of his book

Rabbi Telushkin signing copies of his book

Lou and Lori Plung, Debbie Resnick

Lou and Lori Plung, Debbie Resnick

Lou Plung, Rabbi Telushkin, Lori Plung

Lou Plung, Rabbi Telushkin, Lori Plung

Rabbi Telushkin, Natalie Kaplan

Rabbi Telushkin, Natalie Kaplan

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin regaled us with examples of Jewish humor and explained how our characteristic wit has helped our people to survive – and thrive – through centuries of the most challenging of times and circumstances.

The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future (CFJF) is working to transform our community by funding vital programs like:

  • Scholarships and grants for Jewish summer camp: To ensure that more children can experience Jewish camping, proven to be one of the most effective means of forging a powerful and lasting connection to Judaism.
  • Birthright Israel: To enable more Jewish young adults, ages 18-26, to engage in an educational peer trip to Israel. In a national study 73% of Birthright partici­pants called their trips "life-changing".
  • J'Burgh, a program of the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center for some 2,500 young adults, ages 21 to 29, that enables them to connect to the Jewish community during the important years when they are transitioning from college to starting their own families.
  • The Samuel M. Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project, in which Bar and Bat Mitzvah age youth contribute monetary gifts, learn about community needs and make determinations about how to allocate their pooled funds.

Wonderful things are happening. We thank you for being part of our public launch for the Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future.