What Is J Line?
Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade, regardless of affiliation or background


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Sunday, February 12 – April 30


Register for 9:00, 10:20, or both – all classes are “a la carte.”

9:00 a.m.

Teen Hebrew
Do you want to earn High School Credit with Pittsburgh Public Schools for taking Hebrew? Are you eager to brush up on your Hebrew skills, or maybe even finally learn to read and write in Hebrew? It’s not too late to join J Line’s Hebrew program, offering four levels of Hebrew for 8th-12th grade teens.

Put On Your Yarmulke, It’s Time for Hanukkah: Part 2
Open to all teens, including those who did not attend Part 1. Explore how Jewish humor has developed and adapted to fit the times from the 1960s to today, including stand-up comedy, movies, comedic writing, and Jewish humor on the Internet. Read and watch funny clips and jokes, while exploring the Jewish roots of famous comedians and the context in which they made their audience laugh. This class is a popular student favorite, taught by culture guru and veteran educator Barak Naveh.

10:20 a.m.

Teen Hebrew
Do you want to earn High School Credit with Pittsburgh Public Schools for taking Hebrew? Are you eager to brush up on your Hebrew skills, or maybe even finally learn to read and write in Hebrew? It’s not too late to join J Line’s Hebrew program, offering four levels of Hebrew for 8th-12th grade teens.

Survivors: Arts and Writing of the Shoah
Flares of Memory, first published in 2001 by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, illuminates the stories of more than 40 survivors of the Holocaust who were in their teens (and 20s) when the tragedy interrupted their lives. By reading these stories and also examining other poignant arts and writing of the Shoah (including music, literature, poetry and music), see the Shoah not only through a textbook, but through the eyes of its survivors, many of whom were teenagers at the time the Holocaust took place. This class also includes a visit to the new Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh exhibit space, and meeting a Pittsburgh Holocaust survivor, with Barak Naveh.

Think Camp! (February 26 – April 23)
Open to teens from ALL camps, join former Jewish camp professional Adam Baron and expert guest speakers for a six-week program exploring how to enhance your college applications and professional resumes with your camp experiences, creating your camp story, and leaving your legacy at camp, while building on your camp leadership skills. Participating teens earn up to $200 for their time in camp leadership development program. Please note this class does not meet on February 12 or April 30.

Steeltown Entertainment Project: The Maccabi Games
Open to all teens, including those who did not attend in the Fall or Winter. Join Steeltown Entertainment and Rabbi Ron Symons for the third trimester of this hit Jewish filmmaking class. Using professional filmmaking equipment, explore the making of a movie behind the camera, telling your own story of Jewish Pittsburgh. This trimester will focus on creating an original documentary together about the Maccabi games.



11:20 a.m. Chugim –  New Programs Every Week!
See “Chugim” Tab Below for More Information

 Spring Chugim 2017


Every Sunday at 11:20, choose from a wide variety of creative program options, from discussions to ceramics to architecture – all through a Jewish lens. Except for Current Events, these options change every week.

Purchase “passes” to attend programs (chugim) as you go – single, 4-pass or 8-pass. (All passes expire at the end of each trimester.)

Show up and pay on Sunday morning, or register in advance.

Chugim are released one trimester at a time to reflect student feedback, and to incorporate ongoing community or current events throughout the year.

Single, Four or Eight Pass

*A chug is a circle – a Hebrew word that describes an activity based on shared interests, creating a “circle of people” around it.

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


Persons Undertaking Solving Hunger (PUSH)

More than 174,000 individuals suffer from food insecurity in Allegheny County alone, including more than 41,000 children. How can you personally make a difference for hungry people in our community – with greater impact than donating canned food? With PUSH, alongside local experts, lobby local officials to support public policies changes that help those who are food insecure. Work in partnership with Just Harvest and the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry; meet real local policymakers at the local, state and regional levels; and fight for change. Change the system from within – your voice is needed!


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?

Learn More by contacting Carolyn Gerecht, [email protected]


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

Register Here

Speak Hebrew Like an Israeli!


Blending Digital, One-on-One and Classroom-Based Learning at J Line

J Line Hebrew teens take Hebrew on Sunday morning (9:00 – 11:15, including a break for breakfast) and Wednesday evenings (6:30 – 7:30), at the JCC.

J Line Hebrew uses the NETA Hebrew curriculum of Hebrew College, a modern Hebrew curriculum designed specifically for teens.

Hebrew students learn in small classrooms, and also meet one-on-one with our Hebrew coordinator, Ronit Pasternak. All students receive 24-hour access to online games and learning.

New students are placed into the appropriate Hebrew level (1-4) by taking a placement test at the beginning of the year.

Students in Pittsburgh Public Schools can receive high school credit for J Line Hebrew!

Contact Our Hebrew Coordinator

Our Hebrew Curriculum – NETA


Meet our Hebrew teachers, below!

Hodaya Adeleye (Hebrew 1) – Coming Soon

Sigal Assouline (Hebrew 2) was born and raised in Haifa, Israel and served in the IDF in the Golan Heights. She has a degree from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Litsiyon, Israel in Bookkeeping. She previously worked for Volvo before moving to Pittsburgh in 1997. Sigal just completed her NETA certification this summer, attending a 10-day conference in Boston, MA in Hebrew teacher training. Sigal has been teaching at J Line for four years, and also teaches at J-JEP, the religious school of Beth Shalom and Rodef Shalom.

Chaya Glass (Hebrew 3) is a native of Jerusalem, Israel. She studied Hebrew as a Second Language at the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In addition to her experience as a Hebrew language teacher, she studied  Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York. She lives with her husband and two sons in Pittsburgh and enjoys swimming, dancing and traveling.

Manar Saria (Hebrew 4) grew up in Haifa, Israel in a culturally Muslim home. Manar is a water engineer currently in Pittsburgh on a Fulbright Scholarship. She is studying for her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. Manar has experience in sustainable development, conflict resolution, peace-building, and environmental advocacy via promoting cooperation in the Holy Land. Manar speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, and French and has teaching and language interpretation experience for over five years.


Contact Us

General Contact Form- Carolyn Gerecht

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