The keys to a vibrant Jewish community are leaders who understand the value of Jewish Education and advocate for Jewish learning, both personally and for the community. A core AJL strategy is to engage Jewish leaders in Jewish learning and model Jewish leadership and decision-making skills. This is accomplished through several initiatives.
- The AJL offers regular workshops for synagogue lay and professional leadership through the Reshet program, made possible with a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Foundation.
- Conversations for a Jewish Future, Classes for Israel Mission Participants, and other opportunities offered in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh focus on applying Jewish learning to the issues faced by our leaders.
- Opportunities for young leaders such as J-Course, J-Melton and other classes, in collaboration with the Federation’s Young Adult Division and Hillel Jewish University Center’s J-Burgh program, are helping to create a pipeline of educated young leaders.
- Jewish agency and synagogue professionals in our area are pursuing a masters degree in Jewish Professional Studies through Spertus College, coordinated and supervised locally by AJL. This opportunity is offered with the support of the Jewish Federation and The Fine Foundation.
- The Congregational School Improvement Initiative (CSI2) and the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI) include significant organizational development components, with consultation and training provided to leaders in the schools and synagogues.