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The Chronicle keeps me connected to Jewish Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is one of the core assets that brings depth to Jewish Pittsburgh

I was born in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh’s largest Jewish neighborhood, our own little slice of Anatevka. I went to Hebrew school three days a week, became a bar mitzvah on the bimah in Beth Shalom’s main sanctuary, continued my Jewish education at the School of Advanced Jewish Studies (SAJS), went to Jewish summer camp, am a member of the Jewish Community Center, support the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, buy kosher meat at the local butcher and light candles on yontif.

Our tradition teaches us l’dor vador: that our rituals are handed down to us from generation to generation. And we are the beneficiaries of the values and commitments of our ancestors who came years, decades and generations before us.

Our predecessors and ancestors invested in the success of their descendants. They built foundations and infrastructure to ensure the future for their children. They built houses of worship, community centers, food banks, and health and senior care facilities. They established funds and endowments to help our brothers and sisters in need to eat and pay their rent. They gave generously of themselves to secure the future of their children.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is one of the core assets that brings depth to Jewish Pittsburgh. What more tangible evidence of the strength of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community than that it has a publication that was nominated for 12 Golden Quill awards from the Press Club of Western PA last year? What further proof is there of the quality of the publication that we’ve built than two recent Rockower awards from the American Jewish Press Association? And what more proof of success can we demonstrate than being one of five Jewish media outlets in the country to be selected to participate in the inaugural Jewish Journalism Fellowship of the Maimonides Fund?

When the matriarch of our family, my Gram Goldie W. Stein (z”l), passed away at the age of 95, Pittsburgh read of our loss in the Chronicle. When my wife and I got married on the bimah in the main sanctuary at Beth Shalom we announced our simcha in the Chronicle. And when my sons were born, we kvelled in the Chronicle.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle connects Jewish Pittsburgh and connects me. This community is an integral part of who I am, and we are all an integral part of this community.

And yet the future of the Chronicle is not guaranteed. The future of all media is being challenged these days. The subscription model, where readers must pay for the quality journalism they consume, is no longer viable. The advertisement model has also become a casualty of the internet and the COVID pandemic. For publications like the Chronicle, old ways are giving way to a more substantially donor-driven business model. The Chronicle relies on the generosity of the members of our community not only to survive, but also to thrive.

It’s incumbent upon us to carry the torch; to continue the legacy of our ancestors to support our community and to guarantee the future of the Jewish people. It’s incumbent upon us that we connect with each other and stay connected, that we celebrate our simchas together and grieve our losses together. The product is greater than the sum of its parts, and we are Stronger Together.

At this festive time of the year, as the treasurer of this award-winning publication, as your neighbor, as your friend, and as your brother, I beseech you: Support our community. Support our valuable institutions and the infrastructure we’ve built for ourselves. Support The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle — and stay connected! PJC

Evan H. Stein is the treasurer of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle and is the founder and managing partner of FSA Consulting/Green Light Wireless.

Please also read these letters from the Board Chair Evan Indianer, Chronicle’s editor, Toby Tabachnick, and its CEO and publisher, Jim Busis.

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