Randy Whitlatch
YAD Chair

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

I’m involved with YAD and Federation because I’m only going to be as strong as the community around me. I’m part of a collective, a people. If they’re not strong, I can’t be strong. Moreover, my children and family can’t be strong. I can honestly say that I’ve gotten ten times more out of Federation than I’ve put in, whether it’s friends, clients, spiritual fulfillment, you name it. So, I am invested because the community sustains me and my family.

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

I think it’s important to give because, as a people, if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will? Certainly, we must support and invest in secular government, whether state, federal, or local, and in the United States, we can feel reasonably confident the government will not turn on us as a people. But, our mishpacha across the globe might not be so lucky. I’ve been to Greece, Georgia, Turkey, and Poland. The Jewish Communities there need us. There will come a time when we need them I’m sure.

Have any special talents?

I do a mean Joe Pesci impression.

Marcie Solomon
YAD Co-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.

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!

Yael Silk
Wechsler Chair

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

Federated giving ensures stability for institutions that are critical to our Jewish community and the greater Pittsburgh region.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Sukkot! No contest!

Name three of your favorite movies?

Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Princess Bride, Empire Records.

David Knoll
Wechsler Co-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.

Josh Farber
SteelTree Fund Chair

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

Lox

Who’s your favorite Jewish actor and actress?

Larry David

Mineo’s or Aiello’s pizza?

Mineo’s

Jordan Fischbach
SteelTree Fund Co-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.

Elizabeth Collura
Shalom Pittsburgh Co-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.

Maxwell Cahn
Shalom Pittsburgh Co-Chair

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

The mission and impact we make help Jews of all ages – and not just in Pittsburgh but around the world.

What’s your favorite Jewish holiday?

Chanukah, because that’s when Vodka Latke is 🙂

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

Lion (king of the animal kingdom).

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