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

Kira Sunshine
Ben Gurion Society Chair

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

I’m involved with the Jewish Federation because it’s the backbone of the Jewish community. Without it we would not have the thriving community that we have.

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

The Mega Mission to Israel with 300 of my favorite Pittsburghers!

Mineo’s or Aiello’s pizza?

Milky Way!

Mauricio Feldman
Ben Gurion Society Co-Chair

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

I am involved because the role the Jewish Federation has in our community is critical. After having learned how it operates as the center and supporter of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, it became very important to me to become involved. Also because, being part of the community, I feel we should all play a role in it, and the Federation provides a great platform for this.

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

Besides the fact that if we don’t take care of our community no one else will, I feel the Federation puts the resources we have to great use, where they are most impactful, supporting the community at large.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

My favorite Jewish holiday is Pesach.

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

Israeli Schwarma (Pita or Lafa).

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

I don’t have a most memorable event. I do however always have a general feeling of well being when attending events, volunteering, being there.

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

Favorite actress: Melanie Laurent
Favorite actor: Larry David

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

David Ben-Gurion (amongst many!)

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

I would be an Eagle, because you can fly, giving you a great overall view of the terrain from above, but can also see and pinpoint details from far away.

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Neither, Fioris is the best. 🙂

Name three of your favorite movies

  • The Godfather Part 2
  • PI
  • Nueve Reinas
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.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Sukkot! I love getting together with family and friends in the Succah.

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!

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Milky Way all the way!

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • Remember The Titans
  • Princess Bride
  • Friday Night Lights
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.

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

It’s important to give and support the Federation so it can fulfill its mission of creating and supporting a Jewish community.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Purim

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

My mom’s matzoh balls.

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

I’ve really enjoyed Mitzvah Day.

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

I don’t know that he’s my favorite, but I thoroughly enjoy Sacha Baron Cohen.

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

I would invite Moses. I would love to hear the first hand account of the Passover story, wandering in the desert, and the 10 Commandments.

Have any special talents?

I love taking photographs. I have some up in my house and visitors have commented about how much they like them.

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

I would be a pug puppy because they are so cute!

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Aiellos.

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

Favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

Sidney Crosby

Jordan Fischbach
SteelTree Fund Chair

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

The Pittsburgh Jewish Community gives so much to me and our family, and it is truly our home. I’m involved to help give back, and focusing on young adults helps ensure that our community will continue to thrive for future generations.

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

Actor: Eugene Levy
Actress: Alison Brie

Have any special talents?

I like to sing, and try to do it as often as I can (at shul, in the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, in the shower).

Mark Pizov
SteelTree Fund Co-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.

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

Elizabeth Collura
YAD Family Outreach and Engagement Chair

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

When my husband and I were Co-Chairs for the 2017 Israel Your Way Mission. It was his first visit to Israel, and my first visit as an adult (I had only been on Birthright before). We had an incredible group on that trip, with so many insightful, thoughtful discussions. Every element came together perfectly on that trip to create an inspiring and memorable experience.

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

Oh, Ruth Bader Ginsburg for sure. I would probably spend most of the time fawning over her, and then we’d talk some opera.

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

The sloth that lives at the National Aviary. Specifically that sloth. That sloth has a good life. Or maybe Fiona the baby hippo. I am picking cute animals with cushy lifestyles here.

Alex Goodstein
Israel Next Co-Chair

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

I wanted to have a stronger relationship and make friends with other Jews in Pittsburgh.

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

I give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh because it helps provide for the many great programs and events I or others may attend.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Hanukkah because of all the fried foods and festivities.

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

Latkes and brisket.

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

My absolute favorite was the 2015 Main Event with actor Joshua Malina, but I also really enjoy Vodka Latke every year.

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

So many options. Probably Seth Rogan and Mila Kunis.

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

Mel Brooks would make for an exciting dinner guest.

Have any special talents?

Food Photography

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

A bear because I like to eat a lot then hibernate for the winter.

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Neither. Yeah I said it. Badamos or Slice is so much better.

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • High Fidelity
  • Die Hard
  • Total Recall

Favorite Pittsburgh athlete?

Does Andrew McCutchen still count?

Stacey Horvitz
Israel Next Co-Chair

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

Because they are constantly developing new programming to keep people engaged and I want to be a part of that.

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

Because they support all of the Jewish organizations in Pittsburgh, many of which I was involved with when I was younger. I appreciate the opportunity to give back.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Purim

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

Bagels

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

Avraham Infeld – speaker event

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

David Schwimmer and Mayim Bialik

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

Jerry Seinfeld

Have any special talents?

Uhmm, I can fall asleep just about anywhere.

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

A penguin, because it would be nice to be so tolerant of cold weather.

Mineos or Aiellos pizza?

Really? Napolis!

Name three of your favorite movies?

  • Paycheck
  • Pretty Woman
  • Hidden Figures

Favorite current or former Pittsburgh athlete?

Troy Polamalu