gearJewish Learning & Experience of Children and Teens

Intensive Jewish experiences for children and teens – day school, summer overnight camping, and trips to Israel — have a strong correlation with positive Jewish identity in adult life. Providing large numbers of Jewish children and teens with high-quality Jewish experiences is a powerful way to ensure a highly engaged future Jewish Pittsburgh.

In 2002 (the last date for which we have estimates), there were about 8,000 Jewish children (under 18) in Pittsburgh, of whom about 6,000 were of school-age.

Summary Metrics

  FY2016 FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 Net Change Percent Change
Number of children enrolled in a Jewish day school (kindergarten-12th grade) 796 802 765 789 (6) (0.7%)
Number of children in a Jewish early-childhood program 1,079 1,022 997 57 5.3%
Approximate number of Jewish children in a Jewish early-childhood program 685 640 700 45 6.6%
Number of children enrolled in a part-time Jewish Hebrew or synagogue school 1,097 1,165 1,200 1,371 (68) (2.95%)
Number of children who attended a Jewish overnight camp TBD  622 592 30 5.1%
Number of PJ Library subscribers 774 740  661 34 4.6%
Number of children (under 18) who went on an organized trip to Israel TBD 106  94 12 12.7%