Wechsler
Sara Spanjer
Young Adult Division Director

Let's Connect!

Let's have coffee!I don't like coffee, but still want to connect.

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?

sspanjer@jfedpgh.org

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

So, What is the Wechsler Fellowship?

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Wechsler Fellowship: Building Pittsburgh’s Next Jewish Leaders is an initiative to engage, develop and inspire leadership in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Wechsler explores the work of our Jewish community organizations, cultivates new leaders, and strengthens the sense of connection among Jewish young professionals from the diverse religious, professional and educational backgrounds that form the fabric of the Pittsburgh Jewish community. The Wechsler Fellowship is open to individuals ages 22-45 who are carefully selected following a nomination, application, and interview process.

The Wechsler Fellowship is a unique and exclusive opportunity for young adults ages 22-45 who are interested in, and passionate about, the Jewish community. Wechsler provides a platform for participants to network, learn, and engage with the Pittsburgh Jewish community. The fellowship’s workshops, seminars, and learning opportunities encourage and inspire participants to take an active role as future leaders of our Jewish community. Throughout the program, fellows are provided with the opportunity to connect with current professionals and volunteer leadership to evolve their own leadership style and strengthen their Jewish identity. The program creates meaningful connections through introductions to and interactions with the services that the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports through its Community Campaign. Participants will learn the ins and outs of our community, the history of Jewish Pittsburgh, the role different agencies play in our community, and how to build a thriving and engaged Jewish population now and into the future. Graduates of Wechsler will utilize their strengths to perpetuate the Federation and its beneficiary agencies’ missions both locally and globally.

Wechsler is a 15-month course with monthly sessions from approximately March 2019 through June 2020. Highlights from the course have included tours of local agencies, interactive volunteer experiences, a mock budget and allocations process, and networking opportunities. The Wechsler Fellowship is a program of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

The Wechsler Fellowship is fully funded by the Irving J. and Jacquelin G. Wechsler Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Mar 07

Wechsler

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TBD
Mar 15

Wechsler Shabbat Dinnner

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Apr 07

Wechsler

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
TBD
Jun 12

Wechsler

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Aug 22

Wechsler

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Sep 16

Wechsler

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Sep 17

Wechsler

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Dec 04

Wechsler

December 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dec 25

Wechsler and Mitzvah Day

December 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
TBD
Jan 09

Wechsler

January 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Jan 14

Wechsler

January 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Tue 18

Wechsler

February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Apr 21

Wechsler

April 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Apr 22

Wechsler

April 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Apr 23

Wechsler

April 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
May 20

Wechsler

May 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Jun 05

Wechsler

June 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
TBD
Jun 12

Wechsler

June 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD

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