Irene Kaufmann Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Irene Kaufmann Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Rabbi Stanley J. Savage Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Rabbi Stanley J. Savage Photograph, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Herman Fineberg Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Herman Fineberg Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Hebrew Institute Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Hebrew Institute Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Herman Fineberg Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Herman Fineberg Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Photographs, Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center

Anyone in need was helped.

Pauline Hirsch Milch, My Voice Was Heard

Jewish families first arrived in Pittsburgh in the 1840’s, bringing with them the Jewish tradition of tzedakah—the act of giving to help others. For over 150 years, the Jews of Pittsburgh have worked to care for other Jews and to improve the world at large. They have dropped coins into pushke (collection) cups, visited the sick, built institutions to serve those in need, and raised millions of dollars for many causes in Pittsburgh and beyond. This culture of giving was determined by the Jewish religious commandment to be compassionate, righteous, and just and was shaped by their experiences as Jews in America.

Philanthropic History

View collections from the Rauh Jewish Archives throughout the timeline and learn more about where to research, read, and discover the history of philanthropy and giving among Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.

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Did You Know That...

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Sheila's Shawls Project, a national program which distributes hand-knitted scarves and shawls to victims of domestic abuse living in crises centers, is organized locally by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section.
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