Our programming empowers teens to grow spiritually, build meaningful community and care for their physical bodies. 

Guiding these tenants are the Jewish values of: 

Nosay b’ol im chavayro / Sharing the burden with one’s friends
Baima / Spriual Awe
Shmirat ha’guf  / Caring for the body

Nosay B’ol Im Chavayro / Sharing the Burden with One’s Friends

Developing diverse and broad communities is essential for teens to feel supported and included. Programming will focus on developing a strong sense of community amongst the participants and with outside community groups and individuals.

Baima / Spiritual Awe

Shulayim L’Shalom encourages teens to explore, question and experience the richness of Jewish tradition. Teens will develop Jewish ritual and practices that speak to their unique needs. We will discuss questions surrounding the joy and importance of connecting with Jewish tradition. 

Shmirat Haguf / Caring for the Body

Teens will discuss and learn how to maintain a healthy body and cultivate a positive self-image. Shulayim L’Shalom will help teens access existing services that promote the physical and emotional health of LGBTQIA+ teens and other teens who have been marginalized.



  To honor and support all participants and marginalized people in Pittsburgh and abroad, we promote the following principles

Shulayim L’Shalom does not support behavior that incites hatred towards any group of people. To this end, our programming, staff and culture are explicitly against anti-semetism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, misogyny, classism and xenophobia.

Shulayim L’Shalom supports the creation of non-hierarchical communities. We question hierarchies that exist in our relationships and our broader world.

Shulayim L’Shalom stands in solidarity with movements working to end American Jewish support for the Occupation. We affirm that the occupation is a daily nightmare for those who live it – and it is a moral disaster for those who support it and who administer it.