Youth/Teens

BBYO is the largest pluralistic youth movement and most effective provider of identity-building and leadership development programs for Jewish teens. BBYO Keystone Mountain Region serves teens in grades 6 -12 with a variety of chapter, regional and international programming throughout the school year. Our teens come from approximately 13 different communities in Pittsburgh, Pa., Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia. The young women’s division is called BBG (B’nai B’rith Girls), while the young men’s division is AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph).

 

Cteen provides a nurturing environment where teens can learn about themselves through giving to others, identify with individuals who share the same faith, and be part of a group that focuses on building core values and stresses positive character development.

 

Diller Teen Fellows Program is Pittsburgh’s premiere leadership development program for Jewish teens in grades 10 and 11. Now entering its seventh year in Pittsburgh, the  program is an international partnership that inspires and empowers teens to be active, effective leaders committed to repairing the world, with a strong sense of belonging to their community, the Jewish people, and Israel. Pittsburgh is one of 10 North American Jewish communities with the Diller Teen Fellows program.

 

Friendship Circle, established in Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, is dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs to become more fully integrated into the broader community. Since 1994, Friendship Circles have been created in more than 60 cities around the world. Friendship Circle is an affiliate of Chabad.

 

Jewish Community Center (JCC) provides fun and enriching programs that foster our community of children and their families.

 

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. We mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. All Jewish children in Pittsburgh between the ages of 6 months and 5-1/2 years are eligible to receive PJ Library books. Families who are subscribed also receive our periodic electronic newsletter.

 

NCSY reaches 35,000 teens from more than 200 cities across six countries each year. NCSY connects with Jewish teens through innovative, cutting-edge social and recreational programs to develop a positive Jewish identity. NCSY inspires Jewish teens through informal Jewish education, retreats and summer programs. NCSY empowers teens through leadership development and guidance to become passionately-committed leaders of the Jewish community.

 

One Happy Camper offers $1,000 grants to children attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time for a period of 19 consecutive days or more.

 

Shalom Baby connects new parents with one another to share in the joys of parenthood. Share stories, laughter, and your experience with other parents just like you! Programs are geared towards parents/caregivers with children 4 and under.

 

Temple Emanuel Youth Groups  include Temple Emanuel Boys and Girls or “TEBAG” (grades 4-6), Temple Emanuel Junior Youth or “TEJY” (grades 7-8) and Jewish Teens Engaged in Activities and Mitzvot, “J-TEAM”, our senior youth group (grades 9-12). These groups provide an opportunity for our children to socialize with other Jewish kids and many of the events also have Jewish content.

 

United Synagogue Youth (USY)/Kadima is open to all Jewish youth in grades 9-12 and is a multi-faceted program with the goal of helping teens establish a strong and positive Jewish identity. At the Beth El Chapter level, USY features religious, social, educational and social action programming. USY also includes city-wide programs including dances and sports participation activities which offer teenagers additional opportunities to meet and interact with Jewish youth in the Pittsburgh area. Kadima provides programs similar to that of USY open to all children in grades 6 – 8.

 

Young Judaea provides high-quality and thought-provoking experiential programming through which Jewish youth and young adults build meaningful relationships with their peers and develop a lifelong commitment to Jewish life, the Jewish people, Israel and each other. For more information about our programs and to join our e-mail list, please contact pittsburghyj@gmail.com.