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

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

 

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!

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

Aug 22

Wechsler

Thursday, August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Sep 17

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler and Mitzvah Day

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Feb 19

Wechsler

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Mar 17

Wechsler

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBD
Apr 21

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

Wechsler

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

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