Sara Spanjer
Young Adult Division Director

Let's Connect!

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Getting involved with YAD is an exciting way to meet other young adults who share your values and interests. YAD, along with Shalom Pittsburgh, the outreach and engagement arm of YAD, offers social, community service, cultural and educational events, as well as leadership development and travel opportunities.

Want to find out what YAD has to offer you?

Scott Isenberg
SteelTree Fund Co-Chair

Want to get to know Scott?

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Mark Pizov
SteelTree Fund Chair

Why are you involved with the Young Adult Division and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

Both my wife and I are immigrants from the Soviet Union. The Federation was there for both of our families when we came to the United States. I feel that it is my duty to give back to the Jewish community in any way that I can. YAD, and Steel Tree, allow me use my business background to give back.

If you could eat one Jewish food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My grandmother’s homemade gefilte fish (Latvian/Lithuanian style) with carrots and homemade horseradish. It just melts in your mouth!

Name three of your favorite movies?

Spaceballs, Forest Gump, Shawshank Redemption.

Becca Knoll
SteelTree Fund Co-Chair

I’m honored to be serving as a SteelTree Co-Chair.

Ask Us About SteelTree

The SteelTree Fund provides grants of $5,000, $3,600, or $1,800 to projects that serve the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Projects will be considered only once per calendar year, though an organization or individual can apply for more than one project within a calendar year. SteelTree will entertain requests for renewal funding but not within the same campaign year (July 1-June 30). This program is supported by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Stay informed in SteelTree’s Facebook group.

SteelTree Proposal Deadlines

Cycle 1: Full application due July 30
(Submit Part I of the application by July 9 to get help from a SteelTree board member!)

Cycle 2: Full application due October 29
(Submit Part I of the application by September 24 to get help from a SteelTree board member!)

Cycle 3: Full application due January 28
(Submit Part I of the application by January 7 to get help from a SteelTree board member!)

Cycle 4: Full application due April 7
(Submit Part I of the application by March 17 to get help from a SteelTree board member!)

Apply for SteelTree Funding

Request for Proposals

The SteelTree Fund is seeking applications for innovative ideas that help young adults ages 22-45 and teens find meaning and participation in Jewish life. Our SteelTree members are interested in funding projects and programs that have impact on the engagement of this young population in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Special consideration will be given to applications whose work focuses on strengthening Jewish continuity.

If you are interested in being considered for a grant, please submit a full application. Grantees will be asked to provide name recognition of the SteelTree Fund on all marketing materials. Applications should be submitted via email to Shelly Parver, Senior Manager of Grantmaking and Allocations, at

SteelTree’s Vision Statement

A world where Jewish communities transition seamlessly from one generation to the next, ensuring the continuity of our people.

SteelTree’s Mission Statement

Funding innovative social entrepreneurship projects that engage and benefit next-generation donors to strengthen the continuity of the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

2019 Steeltree Funded Projects

  • Chutz Pow Volume 4

    Each volume of CHUTZ-POW! SUPERHEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST is created to focus an historical lens upon specific groups of individuals and families who were affected by the Holocaust. The goal of CHUTZ-POW VOLUME FOUR: WOMEN’S STORIES is to chronicle the wide-ranging experiences of women in the Holocaust.

  • Chabad of Squirrel Hill: Women’s Weekend Retreat

    This Jewish Women’s Weekend Retreat is open to all the women of the community and is a way to foster community building and bonding, as well as personal growth and learning.

  • Jewish Graduate Student Initiative (JGSI) Pittsburgh Chapter

    JGSI is the only national organization whose sole purpose is to support Jewish graduate student associations on campus.

  • The Chabad Pre-Purim Festival
    A family friendly festival aimed for families with preschool-aged children. The celebration includes a carnival and a performance by Mitzvah Boulevard.

Upcoming Events

Mar 03

SteelTree Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15219
May 19

SteelTree Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15219

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