Adult education opportunities with AJL
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Adult Education at the AJL is rooted in the Jewish tradition of lifelong learning. We collaborate with a variety of local Jewish organizations to present opportunities to learners of all ages in the greater Pittsburgh area. Our Community Scholar, Rabbi Scott Aaron, facilitates and supports programming and other types of educational engagement that build capacity for synagogues, the Jewish Community Center, and many other institutions and organizations.
In addition to our collaborative endeavors, the AJL provides a variety of courses and programs throughout the year in venues across the area. A wide range of adult education classes and programs are tailored to different interests, schedules, and stages of life. Through innovative and engaging course offerings on Jewish literature, Hebrew language, Jewish History, Israel, Arts, Torah and other topics students explore the breadth of Jewish knowledge contained in the written, oral and cultural traditions. Jump to community adult learning events
A mainstay of our program is the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, which offers a two year program of Jewish studies developed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with courses beginning annually in venues around the city. AJL also sponsors the Tikkun Leil Shavuot in conjunction with the JCC and the Jewish Federation, where local rabbis present annually on a variety of topics to more than 400 participants.
In keeping with AJL’s mission of building community capacity, programs are offered wherever possible in collaboration with synagogues, the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh (JCC), the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and other organizations.
The AJL admits students of any race, nationality and ethnic origin to its programs. However, adherence to the Jewish faith is a requirement of some of our programs.
“Adult education ought to be a quest for forgotten questions
and an endeavor to relate our tradition to those questions.
Our effort must be to interpret Judaism in terms of human existence.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel