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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future



The Challenge

Research shows that, in recent years, there has been an alarming decline in the number of Jews who feel and express a strong sense of Jewish identity. Jews are demonstrating growing apathy and a diminishing appreciation for their rich heritage and traditions. To reverse this trend, we need to increase involvement in Jewish life in Pittsburgh and to help community members overcome the high costs of living Jewishly.

The Solution

Jewish experiences, especially at an early age create a sense of excitement and Jewish pride. This enthusiasm inspires young people in particular, to seek more Jewish experiences that further their understanding and involvement. When those young people become adults and parents, they are better equipped to create a Jewish environment for their own families. CFJF seeks to make it possible to reach out to families and individuals at critical times in their lives, when they are making the choice to seek out the Jewish community as a resource—or go elsewhere. 

Chanukah Cards

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A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards. She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Chanukah stamps?"

The clerk says, "What denomination?"

"Oh my God," the woman says, "has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform."