The Corridor

A blog by Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

Seeking Out My Brothers and Sisters


I had an amazing meeting the other day with some 15 Orthodox Israeli leaders.

This past year, our Jewish Federation invested in a leadership program in the religious-Zionist Orthodox community in Israel. It was one of our flagship Global Connections Kedma programs, to promote shared society…

Goodness in Times of Evil

This is not a Jewish story.

But it’s something I need to share.

And it’s been on my mind since my recent trip to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where I had coffee with Viktor Alekseyevich. Viktor is not Jewish. He was born in 1928 in a small village some 60 miles from Minsk. His moth…

Communicate the Unknowable

For some time now, our Jewish Federation has been working with community rabbis, as well as synagogue administrators and leaders.

Celebrating Us

You’ll definitely want to join me at LIVE365, and here’s why…

First, my dedicated, inspiring colleague, Brian Eglash, will be speaking. Brian is a senior professional at the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh as well as a congregant at the Tree of Life synagogue. He’s been on the front…

A Beloved Teacher

If you’ve ever heard Dr. Erica Brown speak, you know that she’s amazing – and you’ve already signed up to hear her at our upcoming Synagogue Leadership Seminar on Sunday, March 31. And if you haven’t heard her speak, you need to!

She’ll be talking to us about Succession Planning…