gearAdult Jewish Learning & Experience

Lifelong Jewish learning and experience are factors integral to Jewish engagement. Jewish learning and experience includes activities for college-age and post-college young adults, family education, individual learning, and group learning.

 Summary Metrics

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Net change from most recent two years Percent change from most recent two years
Number of synagogues in Pittsburgh 35 35 34 1 2.9%
Number of participants with either a parental or college Pittsburgh address on Birthright Israel 378 386 328 328 247 (8) (2.1)
Number of young adults (18+) from Pittsburgh on a Masa Israel Journey or Onward Israel experience to Israel 43 28 33 39 38 15 53.5%
Number of people with event attendance at a Hillel event on campus 1,038 997 1,147 517 41  4.1% 
Number of households belonging to the Jewish Community Center 6,161 5,923 5,775
5,586 5,567 238 4.0%
Approximate number of people who have made aliyah (moved to Israel) 25 36 31 –  (11) (30.6%)


  • Since 2010, there has been a steady increase in the number of Birthright Israel participants from Pittsburgh. The number peaked in 2014 at 386.

    Birthright 2016

Organizations that participated in this study include: Adat ShalomAhavath Achim CongregationBeth El Congregation, Beth Hamedrash Hagodol – Beth Jacob, Beth Israel CenterBeth Israel Congregation of LatrobeBeth Israel Congregation of Washington PABnai Emunoh ChabadThe Beth Samuel Jewish CenterChabad Jewish Center of MonroevilleChabad Lubavitch of the South HillsChabad of PittsburghCongregation Bet TikvahCongregation Beth ShalomCongregation B’nai AbrahamCongregation Emanu-El Israel, Congregation Kether Torah, Dor Hadash, Gemilas Chesed SynaogueLubavitch Center, Makom HaLev, New Light CongregationParkway Jewish Center,Pittsburgh Secular Jewish CommunityPoale ZedekRodef Shalom, Shaare Torah CongregationTemple Bnai IsraelTemple DavidTemple Emauel of the South HillsTemple Ohav ShalomTemple SinaiTree of Life * Or L’Simcha, Young Israel of Pittsburgh, and Young Peoples Synagogue.