Yom Shlishi, 28 Elul 5774

We are very excited about this year’s PBJ program and schedule.  The first meeting will take place on Sunday evening, September 22nd at 6:00 pm at the home of the Chessins. 

The theme of this year’s learning will be Social Justice/ “Tikkun Olam” and the year will culminate with a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s L’taken program March 21-24th.  L’taken brings together teens from all over the country to learn about Jewish social justice issues during a fun weekend in D.C.  The event includes lobbying our Congressman and women on political issues from a Jewish perspective.  This program is highly regarded nationally and by most school systems as a great learning experience. The cost of the Washington trip is being underwritten by CEF (congregational enrichment funds) from the JECC.  Please mark your calendar now with the dates of the D.C. trip.

In addition other highlights of the year include volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank on Saturday, November 2nd from 8 am to noon and at Medwish to sort medical supplies (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 21st from 1 to 4 pm).  We also have planned a visit to Planned Parenthood (date still to be determined).   On Saturday, January 11th we will attend an evening performance of Yentl as part of our discussion and learning about Jewish views of homosexuality and GLBT issues. 

This year’s class will be coordinated and taught by Rabbi Mills and Debbie Chessin.  Below are the dates of our Sunday evening classes which will meet at homes this year.  Please let us know if you can host any of the open dates below.  The host family will be responsible for providing a teen friendly dinner. 

If you have any questions, please email or a call.  We are looking forward to a great year.
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PBJ Calendar 2013-2014
  • September 22 :   Introduce the year, planning session, overview of why social justice is important to Judaism
  • October 27:   Healthcare and Environmental Issues 
  • November 17:  Bullying and Cyberbulling                   
  • December 8: Jewish Views of Homosexuality
  • Saturday, January 11:     Yentl
  • Sunday, February 23:     Jewish Views of Abortion
  • Sunday, March 21-24:   L’taken conference
  • Sunday, April 13:   Israel and issues of modern warfare
  • Sunday, May 4:   Sex, Dating, and Intermarriage