Our vision is a vibrant, thriving Pittsburgh community, of committed Jews who actively participate in Jewish programs and experiences and possess a strong desire to pass the love of Judaism on to our children and grandchildren.
CFJF seeks no less than to transform our community into one in which learning, participation, and strong identity is the rule rather than the exception by:
- Increasing involvement in Jewish life and community
- Recognizing the importance of quality programs and depth of Jewish experiences
- Reaching out to families and individuals at critical times in their lives, when they are making the choice to seek out the Jewish community as a resource—or go elsewhere
- Helping families overcome the high cost of living Jewishly
"One of the ways that we deal with our anxieties and fears is by laughing at them; anything that can be mocked immediately seems less threatening. Many of the most important issues that Jews think about, often obsessively, are expressed in Jewish humor"
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews