Welcome to JFunds



Ensuring that every Jewish person knows about the financial resources available for the Jewish community.


About JFunds

JFunds is a collaboration of SIX organizations/programs that offer financial assistance in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Community members can access multiple financial resources at once, as needed.

Hebrew Free Loan Assn.

LOANS with no interest or fees, up to $10,000 for residents of Allegheny & surrounding counties who have an income less than twice the area median income are eligible.

☎️ 412-212-8682


Jewish Assistance Fund

GRANTS with no repayment to help the Western PA Jewish Community with pressing expenses.

☎️ 412-521-3237


JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

CRITICAL SUPPORT SERVICES for acute needs such as housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, medical/dental and tuition.

☎️ 412-742-4215


Jewish Scholarship Service

GRANTS with no repayment for accredited, degree-granting post high school programs.

☎️ 412-586-3732


Israel Travel Grants

GRANTS as well as need-based funding for Israel travel for teens and young adults up to and including age 27. For full eligibility requirements see our web page.


Jewish Fertility Foundation

Grants for fertility treatments (with no repayment) for Jewish people trying to grow their families.


Financial Coaching

Meet JFunds Financial Coach, Shay Port, and learn more:

Are you ready to get a better handle on your finances? Do you have financial goals you’re ready to achieve? JFunds offers the Pittsburgh area Jewish Community FREE one-on-one financial coaching customized to YOUR goals and desires. Some areas you can focus on include:

  • Debt management
  • Credit score improvement
  • Budgeting/spending plans
  • Student loan payment plan assistance (loan consolidation & income-driven repayment plans)
  • Home purchasing guidance
  • Savings/investing plans
  • Credit card use best practices
  • Applying for public assistance programs
  • General financial education 

Sessions are 50 minutes and currently occur via phone or Zoom. 

About JFunds’s Financial Coach

Shay Port is a CPA, Financial Coach, Counselor and Educator. After receiving her CPA, Shay worked as a corporate accountant for over 10 years. After seeing so many of those around her struggling with their personal finances, Shay began to envision a life dedicated to assisting all those who were seeking relief. In 2010, Shay founded her company, Financial Wellness with Shay Port.

Over the past decade, through the magic of video conferencing, Shay has coached hundreds of participants in every part of the country to overcome financial habits that don’t serve. Shay and her clients work together on creating holistic, comprehensive and easy-to-follow personal financial plans in order to achieve their financial goals. 

Shay offers many diverse services, but she specializes in coaching people who are in significant debt, to not only get out of debt permanently, but to form new financial habits and develop a positive and empowered relationship with money going forward.

Shay’s other non-profit engagements have included 4 years as the financial coach at one of the first Financial Opportunity Centers in Pittsburgh, the creator and leader of the financial wellness program for the Pittsburgh chapter of Platform to Employment, a national employment reintegration program, and as a certified Financial Counselor/Coach trainer through the Cities for Financial Empowerment. Shay also wrote and led several different “train the trainer” seminars for the CFE.

Like everyone, Shay has experienced her own financial challenges. This is how she knows, firsthand, how empowering and life-altering it can be to finally get the help and direction you need in order to live a life of security, abundance and ultimately financial freedom.


Even though we both work, between our student loans, daycare costs, and other expenses, it is such a relief to get this loan to replace our roof without using credit cards!

Danielle and Brian

My gas has been shut off, my water is due to be shut off soon. I’m behind on everything… This grant helped me so much! Thank you so much to the Jewish Assistance Fund!


Not only does JFF offer financial assistance, but the support and friendships have been amazing. Infertility can be very isolating and having the ability to connect with and learn from others is something I look forward to every month.

Kayla & Dylan

My daughter left an abusive marriage, and she and her kids moved in with me. We’ve had a hard time making ends meet at the end of the month. The JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry made it so I can feed my family and pay my bills. 


Three of our kids were in college at the same time. They were each awarded scholarships that made it possible for them to focus on school without worrying about how to pay their next tuition bill. Thank you JSS!

Bill and Sarah

Sending our daughter to Israel on this program is such a great opportunity. Because of the Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Program and Passport to Israel, we were able to afford it! Thank you so much!


Other Resources

•  211: Call 2-1-1 or visit http://pa211sw.org/
Resources for health and human services for everyday needs as well as crisis situations. 
•  Allegheny Link: Call 1-866-730-2368
Housing, disability, veteran, and general resource referral line
•  Resolve:  Call 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226)
24-hour hotline for any kind of crisis 
•  BigBurgh: visit https://www.bigburgh.com/
Resources for basic needs
• Financial Empowerment Centers: Call 1-866-699-2227
Free individual financial coaching and counseling at various locations across Allegheny County
•  Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: Call 412-460-3663 or visit https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/
Emergency food resources and connection to neighborhood food pantry
• Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh: Call 412-687-8005, ext. 1 or visit https://www.wcspittsburgh.org
Specialized care and support for women and children dealing with current or past domestic abuse.