The Corridor

A blog by Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

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…

Tolerance and Dialogue in Israel

If you’re reading the news from Israel, you’ll see a lot of grappling, especially in the religious Zionist sector, about the decision of the “Jewish Home” party to join forces with extreme-right Kahanists.