J Line South Hills
Jewish Values. Jewish Friendships. Jewish Fun.

J Line South Hills brings Judaism to life in a way that is relevant, enriching and fun. J Line South Hills gives you choice, diversity and depth in your Jewish learning experiences where Jewish values are “front row and center” in ways that speaks to you.  J Line South Hills empowers you to embrace your Jewish identity, grapple with challenging life questions and improve the world in your own way.

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 Program Guide Fall 2018

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Weekly Schedule

  • 6:15 – 6:45 pm – Dinner
  • 6:45 – 7:30 pm – Electives
  • 7:30-7:45 pm – Break
  • 7:45 – 8:30 pm – Core Learning Experiences


  • Autumn Trimester: Temple Emanuel
  • Winter Trimester: Beth El Congregation
  • Spring Trimester: Temple Emanuel

All core learning experiences are will be assigned by grade.

Course options are as follows:

8th Grade


We live in a world 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!

Rabbi Jessica Locketz

9th Grade

Better Together

We live busy lives and belong to many different groups or communities, but what does it actually mean to be a part of a community? How do we choose the communities that we are a part of and how do our communities influence who we are?

Rabbi Alex Greenbaum

10th Grade

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The Torah commands us: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Because humanity was created in the image of G-d, b’tzelem Elohim, we show disrespect for G-d when we show disrespect to our fellow human beings. Hence, we are obligated to treat everyone with respect. Judaism teaches us to celebrate each individual’s uniqueness and affirm their divine worth. But how do we do this? In the age of social media and being socially pressure amonng our peers, how can we navigate the tension between being liked and doing what’s right? Are they mutually exclusive?

Barak Naveh


Weeks 1-4

  • March for Our Lives & Gun Violence in School

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students of all backgrounds and identities across the country. Students are taking an active role to stop the epidemic of mass shootings. Explore how Jewish values are intertwined with the March for Our Lives Movement. – Barak Naveh

  • Reconstructionist , Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Oh My!

Why is the modern Jewish landscape so confusing? Why are there so many different types of Jews? What does it all mean? Students will explore the different denominations and types of Jews living in our community today, how we are similar, and where we differ. – Rabbi Alex Greenbaum

  • Improv Workshop

During this four week improv class, we will focus on bringing out the best improviser and person in you.  We will specifically focus on communication skills, thinking quickly, working as a team, and much more.Facilitated by a local improv troupe

Weeks 5-8

  • Off to the Races

Exploring the everyday issues at the center of the Midterm elections and why they matter.  – Rabbi Jessica Locketz

  • What Did You Really MEME?

Memes are everywhere, ready to instantly make you laugh! Let’s explore the power and meaning of memes in today’s digital culture, touching on the topics of stereotypes, identity, and culture. – Chris Herman

  • They Made a Difference

Learn stories of famous Jewish heroes, both of old and new.  Learn how their courageous acts of bravery helped saved Jewish people or pave the way for history. – Barak Naveh

2018-2019 8th – 10th Grade Calendar

Trimester 1

  • Sept 12 – Session 1
  • Sept 26 – Session 2
  • 3 – Session 3
  • 10 – Session 4
  • 17 – Session 5
  • 24 – session 6
  • 7 – Session 7
  • 14 – Session 8

Trimester 2

  • 28 – Session 1
  • 5 – Special Programming Hanukkah Celebration
  • Dec 12 – Session 2
  • 19 – Session 3
  • 9 – Session 4
  • 23 – Session 5
  • 30 – Session 6
  • 6 – Session 7
  • Feb 13 – Session 8

Trimester 3

  • 20 – Session 1
  • Feb 27 – Session 2
  • Mar 6 – Session 3
  • March 13 – Session 4
  • Mar 27 – Session 5
  • Apr 3 – Session 6
  • Apr 10 – Session 7
  • Apr 17 – Session 8

The New and Exciting Joint Confirmation Class for 2018-2019

Join Rabbis Alex Greenbaum and Jessica Locketz for a year of Jewish identity affirming, community building and connecting, talking with friends about anything under the sun and of course – eating!

Confirmation classes this year will be in addition to attending Wednesday evening J-Line classes (for at least one full semester). 10th Grade students interested in Confirmation will meet with the rabbis on Sunday afternoons (with an occasional Monday evening) throughout the year. Participation in J-Serve (the local Mitzvah Day for teens) and the class trip to the Religious Action Center L’taken Seminar Weekend is also strongly encouraged.

Proposed Meeting Dates (Lunch or Dinner included!):

Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, November 18, 2018 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, February 3, 2019 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Friday-Monday, March 1-4, 2019 – Washington, DC – RAC Trip

Monday, March 18, 2019 – 6-7:30 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2018 – J-Serve

Sunday, April 28, 2018 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, May 5, 2018 – 12:15-1:45 pm

Sunday, May 19, 2018 – Confirmation Service

Students should register for Confirmation Classes as part of their J-Line registration. There will be an additional fee for Confirmation charged by the synagogues. At this point, Confirmation is only available for members who belong to either Beth El Congregation or Temple Emanuel of South Hills.

For more information, contact Rabbi Greenbaum [email protected] or Rabbi Locketz [email protected].

Hebrew has been the “official” language of the Jewish People for thousands of years. If you want to feel a part of that people, and get what they are about, there is no more direct way than to speak the language or our people. J Line South Hills is offering a weekly beginners Modern Hebrew class taught by Karen Morris.

Monday evenings

6:30 – 8 PM

Cost: $360


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October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19
November 26
December 3
December 10
December 17
January 7
January 28
February 4
February 11
February 25
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 1
April 8
April 15
April 29

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Change Agents is a 9-month leadership workshop for 11th & 12th graders. The experience will focus on developing students as strong teen leaders in the community by building and enhancing leadership skills that can directly connect to issues students encounter on a regular basis. Throughout the course of the workshop, will become better equipped to grapple with present day issues and become agents of change in the communities they are a part of.  The experience will be facilitated by Robyn Markowitz Lawler and Alex Zissman, staff members of Hillel Jewish University Center, an organization that engages Jewish students at Pitt and CMU.

Meets monthly on Tuesday Evenings

6 pm – 8 pm

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