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Teen Programs at AJL: Engaging Jewish Teens in Jewish Learning and Jewish Life

Read Carolyn Gerecht’s “What Exactly Is Experiential Jewish Education?”

Carolyn Gerecht, The Jewish Chronicle, © Sidney Slivko

Carolyn Gerecht blogs about her experiences as a student at the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators’ Program for Experiential Jewish Education (PEEP) and Yeshiva University’s Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education, specifically asking “What exactly is Experiential Jewish Education?” The article also links to related coverage in The Jewish Week, “Pursuing Peace In The Classroom.” AJL and the Jewish Federation sponsored Gerecht in this amazing program. She is now the Director of Teen Education at AJL.

AJL also accomplishes its work through building capacity in institutions such as synagogues, youth groups, and the JCC—all critical gateway institutions for engaging teens. No other entity works across the community, or has the capacity to develop new structures to engage teens in local schools and other organic settings.

Other AJL efforts in areas such as Professional Leadership Training also support teen education and engagement. An exciting set of partnerships has developed with national organizations to enhance opportunities for our teens.

AJL has brought programs to Pittsburgh like the J-Serve day of community service and learning, the Pittsburgh chapter of the international high school HaZamir Choir, training 11th and 12th grade students to become teachers through Gratz College, the Diller Teen Fellows leadership program, and more.

The AJL is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Adherence to the Jewish faith is a requirement for some of our programs.

For more information

For any questions about upcoming Jewish learning programs for your 8th-12th grade teen, please contact Director of Teen Learning Carolyn Gerecht (), (412) 521-1101 x3204.