Shine A Light Programs: 9-12 Grade - JSU/JSC


This is a program that will work well for Jewish teens or a mixed Jewish and non-Jewish teen group. Concepts are explained in a way to engage the entire group. This program has been designed for a before-school, lunch-time or after school club setting.

A key guiding question of this activity is: How does sharing Judaism publicly (like on our social media, in public spaces, at school and at work) mimic the idea of putting our Chanukiyah in our windows facing the street?’ The Hebrew term for advertising the miracle is: Pirsum haNes or Pirsumei Neisah.

The program takes teens on an exploration of responses from a variety of people regarding their comfort or fear of publicly displaying their Judaism in America today.  Learners are shown a TikTok video to spark some debate and encourage them consider how allyship can help reduce fear and discomfort among Jews.

Created by:

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Erica Hruby serves as the Executive Director of Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Network (JTEEN). Erica has worked for more than twenty-five years in the Jewish world. She has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in many areas of Jewish life: two synagogues in the greater Atlanta area; BBYO and Beit Hamidrash (Hebrew High) in Orlando; Hillel at the University of Central Florida; the American Hebrew Academy (AHA) in Greensboro, North Carolina; and in several organizations and foundations specializing in Israel education, Jewish camping, and Jewish teen education and engagement. Erica also works as a parent and teen educator and coach, offering customized parenting education and she facilitates an online course she co-created called, PhD in Parenting Tweens and Teens. Erica holds a B.A. in Psychology/Religion from Stetson University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.



  • After School and Beyond
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Early Childhood
  • Family Engagement