Professionals who have worked to strengthen Pittsburgh’s Jewish community during the pandemic will be celebrated during Jewish Communal Professionals’ Week, March 1-5, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
“At Jewish organizations in Greater Pittsburgh, professionals — Jewish and non-Jewish — have worked tirelessly for community members in need,” said David D. Sufrin, chair of the Jewish Federation’s board of directors, in a prepared statement. “Communal professionals take care of parents and grandparents at Jewish Association on Aging, they supply food to those who reach out to Jewish Family and Community Services, they ensure that children at the three Jewish day schools get education as well as mental health support, they keep our synagogues open, working to keep us spiritually engaged. Communal professionals provide emergency loans through Hebrew Free Loan and Jewish Assistance Fund, and they do so much more.”
Jewish Communal Professionals’ Week will highlight examples of the work and sacrifices the professionals have made to serve the community. For those efforts, the Federation “wants to say thank you in a very public way,” said Jeffrey Finkelstein, the Federation’s president and CEO.
To celebrate these professionals, each Pittsburgh Jewish communal organization will honor staff in its own way, according to a Federation press release. Additionally, the Federation will supply all Jewish communal professionals with a digital coupon book of deals and discounts that apply to businesses throughout the city.
Other “surprises” will be rolled out as well by the Federation throughout the week.
“We always strive to be thankful to those who care for us, but during this week let’s make sure to show Jewish communal professionals our gratitude and appreciation,” Sufrin said. “What our communal professionals have done, and continue to do, allows Jewish Pittsburgh to rise from the pandemic tragedy and move forward as a strong and resilient community.” PJC
— Toby Tabachnick