J Line South Hills

Temple Emanuel, Beth El Congregation, South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh and the JCC are bringing the very best opportunities for Jewish Teen Engagement to the South Hills. Together, we are excited to bring Judaism to life in a way that is relevant, enriching and worthwhile to the teens in South Hills. We recognize that the teenage years are an important time, and we aim to make Jewish values ‘front row and center’ in a way that speaks to teens in today’s world.  We CRAFT unique and enriching learning opportunities for teens to explore deeper Jewish content and values in a space that feels safe and special.

We recognize that the teenage years are an important time, and we aim to make Jewish values ‘front row and center’ in a way that speaks to teens in today’s world.  We have crafted unique and enriching learning opportunities for teens to dig deeper with the same J Line learning values we have used in the past.

Throughout their experience, South Hills Jewish teens will be encouraged to ask and be challenged by these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • With whom and what am I connected?
  • To whom and for what am I responsible in this world?
  • How can I bring about change in this world?

 

J Line South Hills Program Guide

Daily Schedule

Monday Nights

6:00 – 6:30  Dinner
6:30 – 7:15  Hour 1
7:15 – 7:30  Break/Snack
7:30 – 8:15  Hour 2
8:15 – 8:30  Sikkum – Grade Level End of Night Circles

Regular classes take place at Temple Emanuel.  Special Sessions, as noted take place at Beth El and/or the JCC of the South Hills.

 

Fall Trimester 

HOUR 1 – 6:30 – 7:15 PM
SEPTEMBER 18, 25, OCTOBER 2, 16, 23, NOVEMBER 13 & 20

 

#MyJewishSnapshot

We live in a world that is filled with images.  Whether you are instagramming, snapping, or streaming Netflix, thousands of images are being presented to you every day, each telling a unique story.  Now it is YOUR turn to do the storytelling!  You will be on the other side of the lens. Get creative and craft new images that tell the story of Jewish values and customs. Get ready to tell your story through images!
8th grade

Rabbi Jessica Locketz

Character Counts

Choices, choices, choices…. every day we make hundreds of decisions, what we wear, what we eat, and even how we speak. Some choices come easily, others are more challenging.  When it comes to the challenging decisions we make around friends, family, relationships, and character, Judaism has some advice. We will explore this advice and decide if we want to take it, and if so, how will it change us for the better?

9th grade

Barak Naveh

Confirmation

How have the teachings of Judaism shaped Jewish minds, hearts and souls for the past 3,000 years?  Judaism is explored as “The Wisdom of The Ages”, “The Mysteries of The Universe”, “The Secrets of Existence” and “The Key to Goodness, Happiness and Holiness”.  Teens explore Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book, Jewish Literacy, and celebrate their successful completion of the course with Confirmation on Shavuot.

10th grade

Rabbis Mark Mahler and Alex Greenbaum

Taking the Lead

Whether you’re a youth group member, an aspiring camp counselor, or just itching to broaden your leadership horizons, come learn with camp and leadership experts from the Pittsburgh Jewish community! Brush up on team building skills, dive into some creative problem-solving, and add a host of other skills to your leadership toolkit.

Specially designed for 11th & 12th grade

Andrew Exler and Chris Herman

HOUR 2 – 7:30-8:15 PM

SEPTEMBER 18 & 25, OCTOBER 2 & 16

 

Mythbusters

We go through our lives relying on certain assumptions: matzah balls are round, hamentaschen are triangular, pita is flat and Passover cakes-well, they are just plain bad. But what about the important stuff?  Did God actually create the world in 7 days?  Were Abraham and Sarah really that old when they had Isaac?  Did the sea really split? Can we bust these myths, or not?  You get to debate, decide and conclude.

8th & 9th grade
Rabbi Alex Greenbaum

City of Bridges: Refugees, Immigrants, and Yinzers

With all the back and forth political banter about immigrants and refugees being allowed into America, we can’t help but question, where does Pittsburgh stand on the issue?  We will explore the role immigrants and refugees have played in our city of bridges while reflecting on the Jewish values that might clarify the tension between being welcoming and protecting ourselves.  Our guest speakers will include immigrants and refugees along with those who have helped them settle in Pittsburgh.

8th & 9th Grade
Rabbi Ron Symons

SNL

Saturday Night Live has been making people laugh for decades. The show boasts a Jewish creator, Jewish writers and cast members, and plenty of Jewish material. But what is a Jewish joke, who can make it, and what impact, if any, does it have on us as Jews? Dive into the vast world of skits, songs, and reactions that make up Jewish SNL.

10th -12th grade
Barak Naveh

Does God Has a Jewish Channel on SiriusXM?

Can what initially appears to be a cheesy song about teenage romance actually be a way to imagine God singing sweet nothings to you? Can our inability to get Carly Rae out of our heads actually help us live out the ideal of praying without ceasing? Listen to and interpret songs in pop culture that reference different ideas of God.

10th– 12th grade
Rabbi Jessica Locketz

HOUR 2 – OCTOBER 23, NOVEMBER 13 & 20
7:30-8:15

 

Shabbat Blessings

What ritual objects do you associate with Shabbat? Most people mention candlesticks, Kiddush cups or challah covers. In this art class, we will explore ritual Shabbat objects found in present and past artwork. Each student will design and create a new Shabbat ritual object- a Shabbat blessing container. We will work with a variety of materials such as tiles, beads, string, yarn, and fabris. At the end of each course, each student will have a beautiful object and a new tradition to add to his/her Shabbat table.
8th & 9th grade
Michelle Dreyfuss

Being Jewish in Public School

We will explore what it means to be Jewish in a Christian majority when it comes to holidays, racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism. You will have opportunities to share stories and problem solve as together we will figure out how to remain proud Jews in a non-Jewish world.

8th & 9th grade
Barak Naveh

Wonder Woman: Feminism and Judaism

Jewish history is rich with debate over the intersection of feminism and Judaism. Has “feminism” been hijacked? What does feminism mean in Judaism? Explore some of the people and events that have contributed to this ongoing discussion, from Deborah, the only female judge mentioned in the Bible, to Blu Greenberg, founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance; and onward to the daughters of Zelophehad to Women of the Wall. Together, we will talk about what feminism means and how it fits with Judaism and the social agenda.

10th– 12th grade
Hannah Kalson

City of Bridges: Refugees, Immigrants, and Yinzers

With all the back and forth political banter about immigrants and refugees being allowed into America, we can’t help but question, where does Pittsburgh stand on the issue?  We will explore the role immigrants and refugees have played in our city of bridges while reflecting on the Jewish values that might clarify the tension between being welcoming and protecting ourselves.  Our guest speakers will include immigrants and refugees along with those who have helped them settle in Pittsburgh.

10th-12th grade
Rabbi Ron Symons

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Madrichim Training: Certificate in Elementary Jewish Education

Are you working as a madrich/a in a religious school classroom this year? Participate in madrichim training, and earn a $100 stipend for your professional development!

Squirrel Hill Partners: Temple Sinai, Temple David, JJEP, Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha, Temple Emanuel, Beth El Congregation

South Hills Partners: Beth El Congregation & Temple Emanuel. Dates to follow. 

Connecting Communities with the Hill District

Get to know teens and history from Pittsburgh’s Hill District!

Once every other week from February to April, hang out with teens living in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, a predominantly African-American neighborhood which used to be the nucleus of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. We’ll also spend time exploring the archives of both Jewish and African-American history in the Hill District at Heinz History Center, and tour buildings which have been used by both communities over the years for different purposes. What is our shared connection to these same streets? What is our connection to each other?

Dates To Follow

Learn More by contacting Hannah Kalson
[email protected] 412-339-5400

HaZamir Pittsburgh
J-Serve Pittsburgh
Teen Leadership Council

Sunday Schedule
9:00 – 9:55 Hebrew and Jewish Experience Classes
9:55 – 10:20 Breakfast B’yachad: Eat and Schmooze
10:20 – 11:15 Hebrew and Jewish Experience Classes
11:20 – 12:15 Chugim

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