As Associate Director of BJE, Phil Liff-Grieff oversees the agency’s Center for Excellence in Complementary Education, Early Childhood and Parent Education, and Teen Experiential Education. Phil is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Communal Service of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, having taught courses for graduate students including Experiential Education, Diversity in the Jewish Classroom (for the DeLeT Program) and a new course on Non-Profit Management in the Digital Age. He has been working extensively in the area of Web 2.0 and social media in education and in the world of non-profits and has led workshops and webinars for teachers, Jewish community professionals and rabbis.
Prior to assuming his position at BJE, Phil was the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, a community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. In that role, he oversaw the creation of a new central communal Jewish agency, focusing on community-building, fundraising and the programmatic activity of a spread-out suburban Jewish community.
Previously he served as the Director of the LA Federation’s Youth Department and Committee for Programs in Israel, working closely with the Los Angeles-based shlichim on promoting Israel and Israel experiences for teens. In the late 1970’s, he directed the Havurat Noar program of the (then) Bureau of Jewish Education (an informal educational program for 9th graders), was the Director of Informal Education at Herzl Schools and has worked in a variety of Jewish camps, schools and youth movements.
Phil holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles (now the American Jewish University) and a Bachelors Degree in Jewish Studies from UCLA. He was the first recipient of the American Jewish University’s Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni. He lives in La Crescenta with his wife, Shirley. They have two grown children, Shira and Ari.