Teens

The Second Floor:
Grades 8-12

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instagram: jccsecondfloor
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Located upstairs in the Robinson building, The Second Floor is open daily for teens to enjoy unlimited snacks and coffee, vinyls, Netflix, Playstation, Xbox, and more. The Second Floor is the most coveted spot to chill with friends, do homework or have meetings for youth groups. Lounge on our comfortable couch or be productive at the coffee bar while sipping on a yummy cafe lattecompliments of us! Our fridge is stocked with an assortment of food to keep you fueled and ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. Our Peer Engagement Interns and staff are always here to greet you. Stop by whether it’s just to grab a snack or converse with friendswe love to see new faces!

The Second Floor Peer Engagement Internship: grades 10-12

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Hey you! Yes, you. You, with the passion to engage others, the big smile, love for Judaism, and creative brain. Say hello to your perfect fit—a 10-month paid internship through The Second Floor. Interns serve as connectors and builders of Jewish life in Pittsburgh. You will learn a variety of “tool kit skills,” create events for the teen community, and enjoy a social environment as you welcome your peers to The Second Floor space. For information on how to apply for the 2019-2020 school year, contact [email protected].

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Get Your Think On!
J Line - South Hills
J Line

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Be The Change!
J-Serve Pittsburgh

Light the Way - Leadership Programs/ Opportunities learn more

Light the Way!
Diller Teen Fellowship

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Find Your Tribe
J Line at the JCC: grades 8-12

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twitter: @jlinepgh
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Do you want to get more involved in social justice and Judaism? Learn about Jewish history in Pittsburgh? Chat with Israeli teens or get elective credit for studying modern Hebrew? Explore these topics and much more at J LINE, the JCC’s community-wide Jewish learning experiences for teens. Join other 8th-12th graders from all over Pittsburgh on The Second Floor in learning about what interests YOU most as a Jewish teen today.

Modern Hebrew powered by J Line:
grades 8-12

Converse like an Israeli! Are you eager to brush up on your Hebrew skills, or maybe even finally learn to read and write in Hebrew? Teen Hebrew at J Line blends online, classroom-based and one-on one learning in a rigorous but welcoming setting. And, if you are in a Pittsburgh Public School, you can earn high school elective credit.
Side By Side: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: grades 8-10
What do Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in common? What makes them unique? And how can we put our shared values into action to make meaningful change in our world? Gather monthly with other teens and leaders from Pittsburgh’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities to learn about each other, tackle issues relevant across religions, and explore how we can work together. Discuss, discover, relate, imagine, and learn together.

J-Serve/J-Serve Steering Committee 2019:
grades 6-12

J-Serve Pittsburgh is an annual day of service learning, planned by a teen steering committee and offering a wide array of service opportunities to participants from all over the greater Pittsburgh area. Last year, more than 300 teens came together in service (one of the largest J-Serve events in North America!), doing everything from preparing meals for families in need to packing craft kits for patients at Children’s Hospital to cleaning up Squirrel Hill’s streets, and much more. Join us for another amazing year of J-Serve Pittsburgh!

April 7, 2019

J-SERVE is a partnership of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Repair the World: Pittsburgh, BBYO and the Volunteer Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

 

The Samuel M. Goldston Teen Philanthropy Project: Grades 7-8
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Seven workshops exploring a number of non-profit agencies help teens learn how to make the world a better place. Each workshop is tailored to a meaningful topic ranging from Jewish values to budgeting and grant making. Teens make friends from different schools and neighborhoods, allowing them to build a deeper understanding of tzedakah. Meets monthly.

The Second Floor Teen Board: Grades 9-12

Composed of passionate teen leaders (this could be you!), The Second Floor Teen Board guides the JCC’s Second Floor teen programming and community involvement through creating events, collaborating with other community student organizations, and planning engagement strategies. The board meets once a month on the Second Floor from September to May. The teen board is responsible for planning a teen community event each semester that will bring teens from across the Pittsburgh Jewish community together in a fun and dynamic way. If you are interested in developing as a leader, join one of the program’s community leadership teams.

Diller Teen Fellowship: Grades 10-11
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instagram: @dillerpittsburgh

The Diller Teen Fellows Program is Pittsburgh’s premier leadership development program. Twenty students are selected and participate for a year with the purpose of developing active, effective leaders with a strong commitment to the Jewish people.

Rosh Chodesh: Grades 6-9

Rosh Hodesh, a partner program with Moving Traditions, helps teach girls the power of community and the ability of Jewish wisdom and practice to foster personal expression and to inspire all people to work for a more just and inclusive world. Through discussion, arts and crafts, creative ritual, games and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values to explore issues such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition and stress. Meets monthly.

Shevet: Grades 8-9

Shevet, a partner program with Moving Traditions, focuses on the questions that teen boys ask as they journey toward manhood and connects these questions to the ethical, spiritual and psychological insights of Judaism. The Shevet curriculum connects Jewish ideas, stories and ethics to the most challenging issues in the lives of teen boys: competition, aggression, power, academic stress and risk-taking. Shevet balances play with engaging debate in a safe environment that teen boys enjoy. Meets monthly.

Teens For Social Change: Grades 8-12

A place for teens who care deeply about social issues facing their lives to come together and work to make a difference in our community.

New! Pittsburgh Teens for Israel: Grades 9-12

Students for Israel is a group of students who share their love of Israel by organizing social, cultural and political events on The Second Floor at the JCC and in the community. Students work with two Israeli post-high school students serving as shinshinim in the Pittsburgh community. A shinshin is an 18-year-old emissary sent by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel to communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. Together, students will build meaningful experiences centered on Israel such as the teen Yom Ha’aztmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) celebration.

LGBTQIA+: Grades 9-12

This is a safe space open for all students to explore the intersections between Judaism and LGBTQIA+ spectrum identities.

BBYO
[email protected] | 412-446-4781

BBYO Keystone Mountain Region (KMR) is comprised of seven chapters in the greater Pittsburgh area and West Virginia, representing over 250 Jewish teens in our area. By becoming a member of BBYO, teens are afforded the opportunity to make new friends and experience local programming in their communities, regional programming such as dances, community service days, sports events, and conventions, and international programming at large scale conferences and BBYO summer experiences. All that’s left to do now is join us!
Want to change the lives of young Jewish teens? Give back to the community? Expand your network? Volunteer as a BBYO advisor in KMR. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have! Visit bbyo.org to learn more.

Peer Corps: Grades 6-12
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Peer Corps is a mentorship program inviting Jewish teens and b’nai mitzvah students from all denominations to build deep relationships with one another and engage in community- based volunteering.

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