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Jewish Life and Learning

Jewish Life and Learning

The Jewish Life and Learning department is dedicated to supporting high quality Jewish educational programs and experiences and maximizing the number of Jewish Pittsburghers engaged in meaningful Jewish learning.

We support and celebrate Jewish life and learning in the community by providing thought-leadership, resources, and collaborative partnership. 

Early Childhood and Young Families:

Jewish Day Schools:

  • Hillel Academy
    Preschool - Grade 12, affiliated with Orthodox movement
  • Yeshiva Schools
    Preschool - Grade 12, affiliated with Chabad Lubavitch movement

Part-Time Jewish Education (K-8):


Students and Young Adults:

  • The Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center
    Providing social, educational, cultural and religious programs for more than 3,000 Jewish college students across Pittsburgh’s universities.  Runs J’Burgh, serving Jewish graduate students and young professionals aged 22-29.
  • Moishe House
    Providing peer-led, home-based programming for ages 22-30.


  • Kulam: Pittsburgh Community Beit Midrash in Partnership with Pardes. Kulam (meaning “everyone”) is an experiment in building community through serious Jewish learning. Participants of all backgrounds learn Jewish texts in chavruta (partnered study) led by a scholar, Rabbi Will Friedman, on the topic "Jewish Wisdom and Eternal Human Dilemmas". Meets bi-monthly, January through May.
  • Chai Mitzvah is a nine month study opportunity taking place in seven local synagogues with a focus on group study supplemented by personal exploration and enhanced by four city-wide gatherings. Participating synagogues include Congregation Rodef Shalom, Temple Bnai Abraham, Temple Bnai Israel, Temple David, Temple Emanuel of South Hills, Temple Emanuel Israel of Greensburg, and Temple Sinai. For more information or to register: chaimitzvahpgh@yahoo.com or 412-372-1206.
  • Kollel Jewish Learning Center offering Torah classes under the direction of Rabbi Avrohom Rodkin.
  • Melton Scholars Classes and Foundation CLE Series.

Special Needs and Inclusion:

  • DVASH, a multi-sensory Hebrew reading program for all learners.
  • Friendship Circle, helping children and young adults with special needs to become more fully integrated into the broader community.

Community Educational Programming:

  • Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
    Educating the region about the Holocaust to promote tolerance, providing training for teachers, educational materials and community events on Holocaust topics; Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition, Grades 6-12.
  • Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives
    Collects, preserves, and makes accessible the documentary history of Jews and Jewish communities of Western Pennsylvania. 
  • Jewish Community Center
    Offering social, cultural and religious programs for all age groups and segments of Jewish community in Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations. Early childhood, fitness and wellness, Jewish summer camp (Emma Kaufmann Camp – overnight; James and Rachel Levinson Day Camp), activities for children and adults with special needs, and much more.
  • JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum
    Creating programs related to building and expressing Jewish identity through film.Annual JFilm festival; ReelAbilities - Pittsburgh Disabilities Film Festival; Teen Screen and Jewcy Film Series for teens and young adults; Short Film Competition.



For more information about Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, please contact Christa Maier, Administrative Communications Coordinator for Jewish Education Programs at 412-992-5249 or cmaier@jfedpgh.org.

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
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