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?
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.
I’m honored to be serving as a SteelTree Co-Chair.
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!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.