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Of Peoplehood and Purpose 

Dr. Gil Graff

Articulating the purpose of Jewish engagement is the gateway to tomorrow. Just as there is no technical “fix,” so will Jewish engagement opportunities not rooted in a compelling (to the participant) vision and purpose likely fall short of the mark.

  • Epic Israel

    girls on camel (background)EPIC ISRAEL is BJE's extraordinary new summer Israel experience for current 10th and 11th graders. Epic Israel is a fun, meaningful, and affordable Israel experience for teens in the Greater Los  Angeles area.  Students are given the opportunity to learn and discover Israel as a local.   Participants choose between two hands-on tracks: 1) digital photography meeting with local Israeli artists, learning advanced photographic techniques in digital workshops, and exploring all of Israel through the lens of a camera.  2) community service where participants will do hands-on service across the spectrum of Israeli society, from ecological restoration, to spending time with children in immigration absorption.


    JKidLA is BJE's platform to connect Los Angeles families with meaningful Jewish educational opportunities.  Debra Markovic and Rachel Kaplan, Concierges in the City and Valley respectively, offer free consultation to match families with schools and other Jewish experiences that fit their needs.  Beyond personalized consultations, JKidLA is proud to connect over 10,000 families with Jewish day schools, camps and complementary educational opportunities through its website and bi-monthly City and Valley e-blasts.  JKidLA also utilizes social media to share family friendly activities, kosher/vegetarian recipes, holiday ideas and more.

    Check out JKidLA on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest for examples of these and other hands-on, kid-friendly Jewish opportunities.

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  •  BJE announces the launch of 

     A website and online resource center dedicated to disseminating best practices and lessons learned on middle-income affordability and day school endowment development, as a result of the LA High School Affordability Initiative, generously funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. 

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  • /uploadedImages/site/Sitewide/All_Images/Educators/IMG_2724 3 looking at tablet 90px.jpgBJE Convenes Twenty Five Schools to Discuss 21st Century Learning

    Wednesday, February 12th BJE's Third Annual Day School & Yeshiva Administrators' Retreat, brought together over 80 educators from 25 Jewish day schools.  The retreat featured Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs (pictured left) on the topic of 21st Century Learners: Integrating New Literacies into Curriculum & Assessment.  READ MORE

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    Rachel K. Slaton, Associate Director, BJE's Center for Excellence in Day School Education

    For those particularly interested in the future of Jewish day school education (our assumption is that you fall into this category), you’re probably saying, “Hundreds of articles have been written on day school affordability/sustainability just in the past few years and they all, on balance, are saying the same thing. When is someone going to give us something new, something adaptable, not just a “band-aid” or an example of how the 2nd largest Jewish community is already leveraging millions in foundation and individual donor dollars in support of day school education?” 

    Believe me. I hear you and you aren’t going to like my answer.


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