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

Carolyn GerechtWelcome New Director of Teen Learning, Carolyn Gerecht!

Read Carolyn’s blog post, “What Is Experiential Jewish Education?

The Agency for Jewish Learning provides educational opportunities for teens (8th-12th grade), and also supports local synagogues and Jewish institutions in their own teen programming. Additionally, the AJL brings together Jewish youth professionals and teen youth leaders through the Youth Professionals Network.

Our programs

NEW! Partners in Teen Education
With J-SITE, You Can Build Your Own Experience

We believe in learning Judaism, and experiencing Judaism. This year at J-SITE, teens will have an opportunity to not only take Hebrew and Judaics classes on Sundays and Wednesdays, but also to participate in a variety of community-wide programming specifically designed for teens. These classes and programs are offered by partner organizations all over the city, and run throughout the week. This year, take a university class, volunteer locally, and much more! | View the flier

Repair the WorldTeens will meet at the brand-new Repair the World workshop for 9 weeks, to volunteer alongside Repair the World and to learn about social issues facing Pittsburgh and other urban communities in the United States. Service and learning opportunities will follow three units: Power and Privilege; Education; and Food Sustainability. Two weeks of each unit will be spent volunteering with relevant organizations in the community, including East End Cooperative Ministry and Higher Achievement, and the third week will be spent learning at the workshop, for a total of 9 life-changing weeks. Dinner is provided.

 

Program details (Monday Evenings): View the flier   |  Register for this program

 

Open to all 8th - 12th graders. $45.00 Registration Fee Includes Dinner Each Week

 

Contact Zack Block, Director, for more information at zack.block@werepair.org or 412-327-1490, or view the Pittsburgh chapter’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RepairTheWorldPittsburgh  |  Less

  • Take University-Level Classes with the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, open to 11th and 12th graders  |  More

Take University-Level Classes with the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, open to 11th and 12th gradersDr. Alexander Orbach and Dr. Barbara Burstin, two Pitt Jewish Studies professors, will teach two courses for teens this year designed for students seeking university-level Jewish learning – on the Challenge of Emancipation and Nationlism to Jewish Identity, and Being Jewish in America: A Case Study of Pittsburgh, respectively. Enrolled teens will also have the opportunity to hear guest lectures from a variety of Jewish Studies faculty, on topics ranging from Jewish citizenship in fascist Italy to Jewish migration to the suburbs. Bring your learning to a whole new level.

 

Open to 11th and 12th graders Only - $450 Tuition Includes Dinner Each Week.

 

Program Dates (Tuesday Evenings): See the flier

 

Questions? Please contact Carolyn Gerecht ( ), (412) 521-1101 x3204, or view the Jewish Studies website: http://www.jewishstudies.pitt.edu/  

 

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  • Take a Class on the Superheroes of the Holocaust with the Holocaust Center, open to all students  | More

 

Coming Spring 2015

 

The Holocaust Center of PittsburghProfessional Holocaust Center educators will teach the story of Jewish involvement in the comic book industry during the Holocaust era (including the creation of Superman and Captain America!), using the interactive and artistic ChutzPow curriculum, and share stories of real-life superheroes of the Holocaust, including the stories of five Holocaust survivors from Pittsburgh.

 

Contact Joy Braunstein, Director, for more information at jbraunstein@jfedpgh.org or 412-421-1500, or view The Holocaust Center website: http://holocaustcenterpgh.org/  | Less

  • Enroll in the South Hills Community High School Experience; 8th, 9th, 10th graders  | More

Join Temple Emanuel, Beth El Congregation and the South Hills JCC for weekly programming and classes for teens on Monday nights at Temple Emanuel in the South Hills. Teens will have the opportunity to take classes that focus on Jewish identity, developing a personal connection to Jewish life, everyday Jewish values, and much more, all with their friends in the South Hills.

 

Monday evenings. At Temple Emanuel and Beth El Congregation in the South Hills. See the flier for details.

 

8th Grade Monday Joint Program Begins Sept. 2014;

9th and 10th Grade Monday Joint Program Begins Jan. 2015

 

Contact Rabbi Jessica Locketz for more information at jlocketz@templeemanuelpgh.org or 412-279-7600.  | Less

  • Receive a Certificate in Elementary Jewish Education  | More

Certificate in Elementary Jewish Education

This new certificate program provides any teens who might be interested in becoming Religious School teachers, preschool teachers, camp counselors, or educators with the opportunity to study the most innovative techniques in Jewish education, with master teacher Barak Naveh. Teens will take a Certificate in Elementary Jewish Education with them to college and may also receive a reference from our program. Teens will learn about classroom management, lesson planning, multiple intelligences, teaching Jewish content meaningfully and creatively, and more; teens will also student-teach two hours per week in a religious school classroom. Lunch provided each week.

 

Sundays at Rodef Shalom. See the flier for details.

 

This exciting program will take the place of I.M. Wise this year. Questions? Please contact Carolyn Gerecht ( ), (412) 521-1101 x3204.

 

 

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  • Diller Teen Fellows  | More

Diller Teen FellowsThe Diller Teen Fellows Program is a fifteen-month international leadership program for Jewish teens. Diller empowers participants to be active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity and a respect for pluralism. Diller Teens showcase a commitment to repairing the world and a sense of belonging and responsibility to their communities, Israel, and the Jewish people. For more information, view the Diller Teen Fellows website: http://www.jccpgh.org/page/DillerTeenFellows  | Less

 

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Questions?

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.


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.