The Chronicle keeps me connected to Pittsburgh’s Jewish community

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I was born in Squirrel Hill, the largest Jewish quarter in Pittsburgh, our little corner of Anatevka. I went to Hebrew school three days a week, I became a bar mitzvah on the bimah in the main shrine of Beth Shalom, I continued my Jewish education at the School of Advanced Jewish Studies (SAJS), I am went to a jewish summer camp, am a member of the Jewish Community Center, support the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, buy kosher meat from the local butcher and light candles on yontif.

Our tradition teaches us the golden vader: that our rituals are transmitted to us from generation to generation. And we are the beneficiaries of the values ​​and commitments of our ancestors who came years, decades and generations before us.

Our predecessors and ancestors invested themselves in the success of their descendants. They have built foundations and infrastructure to secure the future of their children. They built places of worship, community centers, food banks, and health and elderly care facilities. They have established funds and endowments to help our brothers and sisters in need eat and pay their rent. They have given generously of themselves to ensure the future of their children.

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The Pittsburgh Jewish Column is one of the main assets that brings depth to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. What more tangible proof of the strength of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community than the fact that it has a publication that was nominated for 12 Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western PA last year? What more proof is there of the quality of the publication we’ve built than two recent Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association? And what other proof of success can we show than to be one of the five Jewish media outlets in the country to be selected to participate in the first Maimonides Fund Jewish Journalism Fellowship?

When our family matriarch, my Gram Goldie W. Stein (z ”l), passed away at the age of 95, Pittsburgh read our loss in the Chronicle. When my wife and I got married on the bimah in the main shrine of Beth Shalom, we announced our simcha in the Chronicle. And when my sons were born, we spoke in the Chronicle.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle links Jewish Pittsburgh and connects me. This community is an integral part of who I am, and we are all an integral part of this community.

And yet, the future of the Chronicle is not guaranteed. The future of all media is in doubt these days. The subscription model, where readers must pay for the quality journalism they consume, is no longer sustainable. The advertising model has also become a victim of the internet and the COVID pandemic. For publications like the Chronicle, old ways are giving way to a more donor-driven business model. The Chronicle relies on the generosity of the members of our community not only to survive, but also to prosper.

It is our responsibility to carry the torch; continue the legacy of our ancestors to support our community and secure the future of the Jewish people. It behooves us to connect with each other and stay connected, to celebrate our simchas together and mourn our losses together. The product is greater than the sum of its parts, and we are stronger together.

At this festive time of year, as treasurer of this award-winning publication, as neighbor, as friend and as brother, I beg you: Support our community. Support our precious institutions and the infrastructure we have built for ourselves. Support The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle – and stay tuned!PJC

Evan H. Stein is Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle and Founder and Managing Partner of FSA Consulting / Green Light Wireless.

Please also read these letters from Chairman of the Board Evan Indianer, Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Toby Tabachnick, and CEO and Editor Jim Busis.

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