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.
- 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 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.
- 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.