Welcome to JFunds



Our goal is to ensure that every Jewish person knows about the financial resources available to them in the Jewish community.  

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Number of Households that received money in 2018

dollars deployed to jewish households in 2018

Hebrew Free Loan

Provides 0%-interest LOANS up to $10,000 for major expenses such as car purchase or repair, home improvement or repair, tuition, life-cycle events, credit card consolidation, adoption/fertility, or small business.


Jewish Assistance Fund

Provides GRANTS for immediate and pressing needs such as housing, medical/dental, transportation, utilities and food.


JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Provides critical support services  for acute needs such as housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, medical/dental, burial, and tuition.


Jewish Scholarship Service

Provides Jewish students with tuition assistance in their pursuit of higher education.


Israel Travel Grants

Provides grants to teens and college students for eligible Israel programs through the Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Program. Eligible programs included summer, semester, gap year, and study abroad programs.



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!


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!


About JFunds

To ensure that every Jewish person knows about the financial resources available to them in the Jewish community.  

Financial Coaching

Are you ready to get a better handle on your finances? Do you have financial goals you’re ready to achieve? JFunds is now offering FREE one-on-one financial coaching customized to YOUR goals and desires. Sessions are open to any residents of Allegheny and its neighboring counties and can focus on:

  • 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. Clients may return for follow-up sessions.

Clients should bring to the session:

  1. a pay stub
  2. a list of monthly income and monthly expenses


The sessions are free, but there is a $10 no-show/cancellation fee for those who schedule an appointment and do not show or do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance.

About Our Financial Coach

Shay Port is a financial coach, counselor, and educator. After receiving her CPA, Shay worked as a corporate accountant in Los Angeles for more 10 years. As she observed so many people struggling with their personal finances, Shay began to envision a life dedicated to assisting people with these circumstances. In 2010, Shay opened her own business, Financial Wellness with Shay Port. In addition to her own business, during the past three years, Shay has coached hundreds of participants as the financial coach at Joblinks and has led the financial wellness portion of the Pittsburgh chapter of Platform to Employment, a nationally recognized employment reintegration program. Shay recently became a certified Financial Counselor/Coach trainer through the Cities for Financial Empowerment and has written several different “train the trainer” seminars, offering them nationwide to community service providers wishing to improve their own financial management skills in order to better help those they serve. Shay is also an experienced tax preparer and specializes in tax preparation for artists, musicians, and other freelancers. Like everyone, Shay has experienced financial challenges over the course of her life. But with dedication to achieving her goals and an unwavering commitment to changing her financial habits, Shay has gone from living paycheck to paycheck to living a life of security and abundance. You can too, and Shay can’t wait to help you get started!

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 sessions at various locations in Pittsburgh
•  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.


Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh

4307 Murray Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15217



Jewish Assistance Fund

Jewish Assistance Fund

P.O. Box 8197

Pittsburgh, PA 15217



JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

828 Hazelwood Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15217



Jewish Scholarship Service

Jewish Scholarship Service

5743 Bartlett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15217



Israel Scholarships/Passport to Israel
Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Program

Passport to Israel Program

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

234 McKee Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15213