Dani Rovenger
Ben Gurion Society Co-Chair
Jeffrey Parker
Ben Gurion Society Co-Chair

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

It makes me happy to contribute to help the greater good of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and to see all the amazing programs and support that are being offered.

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor/actress?

Adam Sandler.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

A giraffe, so I could finally be tall.

Tanya Koul Strausbaugh
Ben Gurion Society Co-Chair

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

To engage in impactful programming and relaxing shabbat dinners and for the ability to meet creative, interesting people.

Have any special talents?

I can say the alphabet backwards.

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • The Big Lebowski
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Stand & Deliver
Scott Isenberg
SteelTree Fund Co-Chair

Want to get to know Scott?

Friend him on Facebook!

Julie Potash
Wechsler Fellowship Co-Chair

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

I’m involved with YAD because I think it’s wonderful to connect and build a community with the other young Jewish adults in the area.

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

My mom’s matzoh balls.

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • Clue (not that it’s that great of a movie but I grew up watching it and I still remember almost every line)
  • The Sound of Music
  • Toy Story

 

Marcie Solomon
YAD Chair

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

The power of the collective. To me, Federation represents the power of the collective – times two. First, collective giving – by giving together we have the power to do more than we can do alone. And second, collective distribution. By giving to Federation, I have the opportunity to support multiple agencies, needs, and communities that I wouldn’t have the power to reach otherwise.

What is your most memorable Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh event?

Favorite Event: Ben and Becca’s B’nai Mitzvah – our YAD main event in 2016. It was a live dinner theater recreation of an early nineties experience. It was a ridiculous amount of work and so much fun. Best Jewish Federation experience – hands down Birthright Israel. Of course I had no idea the Jewish Federation supported the trip when I went in college but it was my first trip to Israel, it cemented several lifetime friendships, and helped ignite a different sort of spark of Jewishness.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

A house cat. Lots of napping. Someone to take care of all of your basic needs. And attention totally on your own terms.

Becca Tobe
National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

Because Pittsburgh Jews and Jewry around the world are one, big family and it’s important to take care of each member of our family to ensure a meaningful Jewish journey and provide for those who can’t provide for themselves.

If you could invite any famous Jewish person to your Shabbat table, who would it be (living or deceased)?

Elka Abramson – she is the most riveting speaker on Jewish issues I’ve seen and I imagine that she would lead a great dinner and conversation.

Have any special talents?

I used to be in a women’s a cappella group and State Choirs.

Maxwell Cahn
YAD Philanthropy Chair

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

When I moved to the city after college it united me with the community. It also helped me to reconnect culturally.

Why do you think it’s important to give to The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

IMPACT

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Hannukah

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

Schwarma

What is your most memorable Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh event?

Soldiers and Sailors Vigil

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor?

Harrison Ford

If you could invite any famous Jewish person to your Shabbat table, who would it be (living or deceased)?

Mark Cuban

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Lion. I loved lion king growing up.

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Turiellos in Nyack, NY

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • 300
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Dumb & Dumber

Favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

Sidney Crosby

David Knoll
Wechsler Fellowship Chair

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Sukkot. The Jewish glamping holiday.

If you could invite any famous Jewish person to your Shabbat table, who would it be (living or deceased)?

Howard Stern. We love fun meals. Kids would have to be sent to their grandparents for a sleepover.

Favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

Hines Ward – we had a nice chat one day at the Apple Store.

Ari Goldberg
Wechsler Fellowship Co-Chair

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

The Jewish Federation offers support and guidance to the full tapestry that is the Jewish community. It is the best one-stop place where your efforts can have a significant impact.

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

Sushi! I am told that it is now considered a Jewish food. LOL!

If you could invite any famous Jewish person to your Shabbat table, who would it be (living or deceased)?

The Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks because he is brilliant and always has the perfect message for every situation. Plus let’s face it, anything said in a British accent sounds magnificent!

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.

Sam Kline
YAD Outreach and Engagement Chair

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

I want to help improve engagement and outreach to the under-40 members of the Jewish community. I feel they are a largely untapped resource, both in current involvement and their future potential, that could significantly benefit both the Jewish Federation and the overall Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

Why do you think it’s important to give to The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh?

The Federation’s role as a central distributor of support, funds, and guidance, for countless people and programs across greater Pittsburgh, make it the most important Jewish organization to give to.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Hannukah

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

Latkes

What is your most memorable Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh event?

Vodka Latke at Altar Bar

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

Mel Brooks and Gal Gadot

If you could invite any famous Jewish person to your Shabbat table, who would it be (living or deceased)?

Mel Brooks

Have any special talents?

Does karaoke count?

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Grizzly Bear…I’d get to sleep half the year and eat the other half.

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Aiellos…no competition!!

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • Casino
  • Forrest Gump
  • Home Alone

Favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

Franco Harris