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Help us tell the stories of our community

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is privileged to tell the stories of this community. The stories matter because this community matters.

Annual appeals are predictable: There’s a reminder of services provided, a familiar refrain claiming the current period demands giving like never before, and then the ask.

Although I’m not a development professional, I was asked to help out in this task; so, like those who’ve preceded me and beseeched others for worthy causes, here goes: The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is unabashedly committed to telling stories germane to Western Pennsylvanian Jewry – weekly in print and daily online (except for Shabbat and holidays!).

These stories, which chart our community, detail the joy and challenges of contemporary Jewish life. Each story, like each member of this community, demonstrates that a prosperous future not only demands present investment, but that a successful present required a committed past.

I’m also not a scientist or a rabbi, but I’m well aware that none of us is here by accident. Someone — perhaps someone you know, but most likely someone you don’t — sacrificed for each of us to get to this point. Now is our chance to do the same.

At this stage of the appeal, someone would likely implore you to give like never before. Maybe they’d mention the dire state of the world; I won’t. I’d rather remind you of what you already know: The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is privileged to tell the stories of this community. The stories matter because this community matters. This community matters because the people matter. You matter, your future and your past both matter.

Something special happens in Pittsburgh each day. To preserve that magic, and ensure its continuity, we need to tell these stories. Can you help? PJC

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