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FED Talks: Ideas to POWER an Inspired Community

August 30, 2018 | 7:00pm

Thursday / August 30, 2018
7:00pm / Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave

Presented by Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Connect with the ideas of three innovative guest speakers, celebrate community leaders and update your view of Jewish Pittsburgh. In a venue and format new to this event, gain insights to propel your world at home, at work, and in the community.

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of the Pittsburgh Jewish community. If you need a disability-related accommodation, call 412-992-5251.

FED Talks: Ideas to POWER an Inspired Community is made possible by generous support from Lillian and Dr. Henry J. Goldstein Annual Meeting Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community Foundation.



Tickets for this event are handled by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, for inquires contact 412-992-5251.




Eric Fingerhut
President & CEO of Hillel International
Washington, D.C.

As a professional in education, ideas have been the currency of Eric Fingerhut’s career. He served as chancellor of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges 2007-11 and corporate vice president of education and STEM Learning at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D organization. Government service complements his career in education. Mr. Fingerhut was a representative in the U.S. Congress (1993-94) and an Ohio state senator (1997-2006). He holds a juris doctorate from Stanford University. Since becoming the leader of Hillel International, in 2013, changes Mr. Fingerhut made have helped the organization transform into the world’s leading Jewish campus organization.


Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Community rabbi, educator, author and environmental activist
Baltimore, Md.

In Baltimore, Rabbi Cardin is known as the Green Rabbi, a testament to her work in faith-based sustainability. Founder of the Baltimore Orchard Project, an initiative to strengthen food accessibility, she is the past chair of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and is helping to draft a state constitutional amendment to protect people’s rights to a healthful environment. Rabbi Cardin has served as a lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, and currently teaches at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, Baltimore. The author of several books, Rabbi Cardin is currently working on a book about sacred hospitality.


Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt
Temple Ohav Shalom
Allison Park, Pa.

As a rabbi of temples in Fredericksburg, Va., and Chicago, Rabbi Weisblatt helped to build young-adult and professional engagement, relaunch interfaith programs and re-imagine Jewish experiences. He added his energy to social justice campaigns and community outreach, inviting his congregations to participate.

In New York City, Rabbi Weisblatt attended The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), from which he was ordained. He is currently in an HUC-JIR doctoral program, where his study focuses on the relationships of Jews to non-Jews, as depicted in Jewish tradition.