Jewish Federations of North America is organizing a mass gathering in Washington, D.C. to support Israel and provide an opportunity for the American Jewish community to stand together in solidarity.
The rally will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. ET, at or near the National Mall.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh aims to bring 242 people to the rally to represent the 242 hostages taken by Hamas.
“We have so many important priorities right now that we believe it is vital to show up in our nation’s capital and let our elected officials know we want action,” said Federation CEO Jeff Finkelstein. “These include ensuring continuing support for Israel to defeat Hamas, demanding freedom for the hostages taken, garnering support for reconstruction of Israeli cities practically burned to the ground, and fighting the rising tide of antisemitism in the U.S. and worldwide.”
As of press time, Pittsburgh’s Federation was still finalizing logistics, but buses will depart from the Jewish Federation building at 2000 Technology Drive, as well as from locations in Oakland, North Hills and South Hills, depending on demand.
Buses will leave on Nov. 14 around 5 a.m. and return to Pittsburgh the same day.
Registration is required at a cost of $20 for adults and $10 for students, and riders will be served a kosher box lunch. Register here.
Due to logistics, only community members 18 years old and older will be permitted on the buses. The Federation is working on a plan to enable families and anyone carpooling to “caravan” with the Pittsburgh buses. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick