At the South Hills Jewish Community High School, we strive to keep our post-B’nai Mitzvah teens connected to their Judaism and to each other! The program, which is open to all South Hills Jewish teens regardless of affiliation, provides exciting opportunities for new social connections and expanded learning. This collaborative program is held here at Beth El, as well as at Temple Emanuel, with the location changing every few months.
Teens are engaged through a variety of interesting classes, as well as through social programming. Sessions are on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The evening begins with students attending their core class with others in their own grade. All join together for fun, food, and socializing during the “canteen break.” After the break, each student attends a second class, where students of mixed grades with similar interests explore such subjects as The Jewish Artist, Jewish Films that Define Us, You be the Judge, Klezmer music, and Jewish Cooking.
Our students benefit from learning with Rabbi Alex, Rabbi Mahler, and Rabbi Jessica—as well as with the other talented teachers in the school. We are fortunate to have Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, join us for a number of classes over the next several months as he teaches our eighth graders a relevant and engaging curriculum entitled “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Jewish Teens”.
In the photo above, several teens are enjoying creating an art project as they form deeper connections with their Jewish heritage. It has been exciting to see new friendships developing among teens from different congregations and school districts.
To learn more, please call the Beth El office at 412-561-1168.