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The Joint Jewish Education Program (J-JEP) is a multi-denominational Jewish complementary school for students in grades K-8. The mission of J-JEP is to provide innovative, experiential learning that will inspire and prepare students to engage meaningfully in Jewish life.

About J-JEP

The Joint Jewish Education Program (J-JEP) is a collaborative effort between Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative) and Rodef Shalom Congregation (Reform). It began in 2012 with the goal of bringing the best of the two movements to the students.


The Mission of the Joint Jewish Education Program (J-JEP) is to develop a vibrant community of Jewish learners by providing an exemplary K-8 religious education program. J-JEP builds upon the established collaboration between congregations Beth Shalom and Rodef Shalom, increases vitality in the classrooms, encourages interaction among students and families of different Jewish backgrounds, respects diverse approaches to Jewish practice and thought, delivers a nurturing, experiential Judaic curriculum, and engages our community’s best teaching talent, all while utilizing resources more effectively. 

J-JEP centers its program around Jewish values and always frames the learning in ways that make it personal for the students. In other words, we want our students to understand their Jewish heritage as something that informs their lives, is useful in their lives, and is felt personally. We want them to feel their Judaism giving richness to their lives and as a path to making the world a better place and themselves better people.  We aim for them to experience Jewish ritual as a vehicle for ethical teachings and spiritual connection to Jews around the world.

Upcoming Events

  • Sep 26, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
    Through dialogue, games, music, cooking and more, we build strong connections to Israeli culture while learning how to converse in Hebrew!
  • Sep 27, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    J-JEP's Wednesday Hebrew program begins with a creative 30-minute service before splitting up into classes by level, from learning the Alef Bet to leading the Torah Service. ​
  • Oct 01, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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