The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has raised almost $5 million in support of Israel since the country was attacked on Oct. 7 by Hamas terrorists.
That total includes $20,000 approved by Federation’s board of directors to be used as part of its Emergency Volunteer Project, which will provide economic support for several local doctors to go to Israel to help with the Jewish nation’s medical needs.
Adam Hertzman, Federation’s associate vice president of marketing, said that four doctors were leaving for Israel on Oct. 16, while another two or three doctors would leave on Friday.
Another $100,000 was approved by the board to be used in Karmiel, one of Federation’s Partnership2Gether regions, to repair bomb shelters in low-income areas.
The board also approved $500,000 from the Federation’s annual campaign, Jewish Community Foundation unrestricted dollars, and emergency and other funds to be directed to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Israel Emergency Campaign. That amount includes proceeds from the sale of a collection of gold coins donated by an individual who directed that they be used in the time of an emergency.
The Federation will hold a public vigil in support of Israel at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park near Phipps Conservatory, and will feature Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, among other elected officials. PJC
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