This year at J Line, we are offering chugim (electives) miniseries on weekday evenings. There will be a different chug each trimester, offering more exciting opportunities to explore different areas of Judaism that interest you! Check out what’s coming up each trimester, and stay tuned for dates.
Fall Trimester: Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox, Oh My!
Mondays Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 19
If you want to go to a synagogue in Pittsburgh, you have plenty of options to choose from. But is what happens from one synagogue to the next really so different? What sets the different denominations of Judaism apart, and what do they have in common? Come learn with and from other teens about the many ways to experience Jewish life and community, hear from Pittsburgh rabbis, and explore what we can all do together to make a world a little better.
Winter Trimester: Paint the Town
Thursdays Jan 10, 17, 31
You’ve probably seen graffiti on a bridge or the side of a building before, but did you know that there’s a whole world of history and technique behind this street art – and that a big piece of the story of graffiti is Israeli? With the help of local artists, let’s learn more about Jewish and Israeli street art and then put our own styles and techniques into action, designing and creating a new mural for The Second Floor hallway!
Spring Trimester: L’Taken
Tuesdays Feb 19 and 26, Friday March 1-Monday March 4, and Tuesday March 12
Every year, nearly 2000 Jewish high school students from all over the United States travel to Washington, DC for L’Taken, an annual social justice seminar for teens held in partnership with the Religious Action Center (RAC). Over the course of four days, participants learn about current events and topics that matter to the American Jewish community, explore DC, celebrate Shabbat together, and even write and deliver speeches on Capitol Hill. Join this year’s Pittsburgh group! We’ll prepare for L’Taken together, enjoy an amazing social justice experience, and, when we get home, take time to reflect on our experiences and share them with our community.