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August 2, 2021 at 3:30pm

From August 2-5, 2021, BJE will hold a summer session of L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Digital Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program is designed both to offer 10th through 12th...

Lorit Daitch
BJE Builders
Mar 25, 2021

The Santa Monica Synagogue thanks BJE for recognizing LA-area educators and their successful efforts in pivoting to address Jewish education during the pandemic, and congratulates Lori Daitch, our long-time Director of Education, along with her fellow LA-area Jewish educators.

Lori has been involved in Jewish and early childhood education for over 30 years, and has worked for The Santa Monica Synagogue for the past 25 years. She believes that Jewish education occurs not only in the confines of the classroom, but in all areas of synagogue life and throughout the Jewish community. She is passionate about Jewish learning, understands where students are in their learning and how to meet them there, and works hard to assure our religious school programs are consistent with the latest models of learning. Lori strives for close collaboration among teachers, working with them in professional development sessions and encouraging the practice of new learning models. She builds deep and long lasting partnerships with parents and engages with students of our religious school on many levels. She thinks outside of the box and is always creating innovative opportunities in which students and their families can participate.

Lori seeks to ensure that all students are comfortable with the fundamentals of Jewish living, learning and values, and that they go out into the world with a strong Jewish identity. In past years she has regularly led groups of 8th graders on a trip to see “Jewish New York” and has taken groups of teens to D.C. to meet their representatives in Congress through a program sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She also was instrumental in having the religious school teens of The SMS participate in TALAVI, part of The Jewish Federation Global Twinning Program, with partner schools in Vilnius and Tel Aviv, hosting visiting teens from those schools and taking many of our teens to visit their counterparts in Lithuania and Israel.

Lori has been an active participant in BJE’s Reshet-LA as well as the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). The relationships she has built among her fellow educators, locally and nationally, provide her with opportunities to collaborate on programming and discuss new ideas. Lori is highly respected by her peers and recently was awarded the ARJE national honor of Distinguished Educator.  

Over the summer, in addition to creating a new online religious school curriculum, Lori met online bi-monthly with many of our teens who wanted to continue the connection and work on ways in which they could help support other members of our community. When no High Holy Day family services were scheduled, Lori created meaningful art and educational projects for children to do with their families, driving all over the Westside to deliver the materials. For Hanukkah, she did the same for the younger religious school children to build their own menorahs, and again with Hanukkah decorations to all religious school families attending “Light Up the Night,” a program she created for families to attend in our parking lot. Lori also has also added many new outreach programs during the pandemic, including a weekly online Story Time and Shema on Wednesdays and Havdallah every Saturday evening, plus holiday baking classes.

Lori, you are beloved and deeply appreciated by your students, past and present, and their parents!

 

 

L'Dor V'Dor Registration open to 10-12 grades
BJE E-News
Jul 20, 2021

From August 2-5, 2021, BJE will hold a summer session of L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Digital Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program is designed both to offer 10th through 12th grade students a meaningful service learning experience, and to offer isolated and vulnerable Holocaust survivors additional opportunities to share their stories of resilience.

Participants will meet in cohorts with Holocaust survivors to hear their life stories, and personal experiences of survival. The hope is that teens will gain a deeper understanding of Jewish community and life in Europe before the war, as well as meaningful insight into how people persevere in the face of adversity. The program gives survivors the opportunity to reflect on the idea of their legacies.

Teens will participate in an opening training session focused on how to have meaningful conversations with Holocaust survivors. The survivors, in turn, have been well trained by the HMLA in using zoom and other technology to connect. In addition to their weekly group conversations, teens will be asked to partake in some weekly reflection activity framed in Jewish values. This will include both group discussions, and personal journaling.

Program dates and times:

Monday-Thursday, August 2 – 5, 3:30-5:00pm via Zoom.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

BJE Thought Leaders
Jul 08, 2021

In an essay titled “Israel: The Ever-dying People,” the twentieth century Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz observes that Israel (the Jewish people) has, throughout history, viewed itself as “constantly on the verge of ceasing to be, of disappearing.”  This is by no means limited to such times as the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem, commemorated on the 9th of Av (this year, Saturday night/Sunday, July 17-18).  One can hardly find a generation, writes Rawidowicz, “which did not consider itself the final link in Israel’s chain.”

This was not only the case in ancient and medieval times, but in more recent generations as well.  Despairing of the future of the Hebrew haskalah (enlightenment) that had seemed so promising in mid-nineteenth century Russia, Hebrew poet Judah Leib Gordon wrote a poem, in 1871, titled: "For Whom Do I Toil?”  He closes with the plaintive, rhetorical question: “Perhaps I am the last of Zion’s poets; And you, the last readers?”  He could not have imagined the flowering of Hebrew over the ensuing 150 years, but he inspired others who built on his work.  

Rawidowicz comments that “our incessant dying means uninterrupted living….”  Each generation is “the last,” yet it prepares the ground for “the last” Jews who follow them.  One reason for the Jewish people’s enduring vitality is, surely, Jewish education.  

The Book of Deuteronomy (in Hebrew, D’varim, “words”), which, in the cycle of Torah study, is currently read by Jews around the world, is replete with references to educating successive generations.  The Torah presents D’varim as the closing speeches of Moses in the weeks prior to his death.  Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses, our teacher) reminds the people Israel of an enduring covenant, extending to generations yet unborn.  Key to sustaining the covenant through the generations is “teaching them diligently.”  

Moses does not speak of day schools, camps, part-time Jewish education, youth groups or any particular form(s) of Jewish learning (apart from that between parent and child).  Each generation of Jews lives at a particular time and in distinctive settings, and every society and each learner is unique.  The challenge to “the last” Jews in any place and historical period is to enable the next generation to experience – in ways that speak to the needs and interests, hearts and minds of those (next) “last” Jews – the richness that is their Jewish heritage.  In the words of Simon Rawidowicz: “Let us be the last as our fathers and forefathers were.  Let us prepare the ground for the last Jews who will come after us, and for the last Jews who will rise after them, and so on until the end of days.”

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September 12, 2021 at 10:00am

 

 

Event
August 2, 2021 at 3:30pm

From August 2-5, 2021, BJE will hold a summer session of L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Digital Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program is designed both to offer 10th through 12th...

Event
September 12, 2021 at 10:00am

 

 

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Event
March 7, 2022 at 12:00am

BJE will hold its annual Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute March 7, 2022. The conference provides early childhood educators with an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, network with other educators, and grow as...

Lorit Daitch
BJE Builders
March 25, 2021

The Santa Monica Synagogue thanks BJE for recognizing LA-area educators and their successful efforts in pivoting to address Jewish education during the pandemic, and congratulates Lori Daitch, our long-time Director of Education, along with her...

BJE Builders
March 15, 2021

As a Jewish early childhood program, the IKAR ECC draws from Jewish traditions, culture, and practice to offer children a rich experience in which their Jewish identity can thrive, their social consciousness can be deepened, and they can...

Dr. Deborah Parks Principal at Harkham Gaon
BJE Builders
March 9, 2021

For Dr. Debora Parks, being a leader of a small day school means wearing many different hats. Dr. Parks indeed does that, as she is a flexible, dynamic leader, one who assumes a variety of roles in her school. She is always giving of her...

BJE Builders
March 4, 2021

The Bay-Nimoy ECC values the virtue of learning, the act of learning and living Tikkun Olam, and living a life of integrity by practicing acts of loving-kindness as we learn. By integrating Jewish values, the history of the Torah, and the...

Sarah Escobar - BJE Builder from Temple Israel of Hollywood
BJE Builders
March 3, 2021

Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Religious School is committed to providing a meaningful and joyous Jewish education for its students and families. We value that we are an integral component of the Jewish journey for the many members we serve. We...

BJE E-News
July 6, 2021

Even amid the challenges of the pandemic, BJE’s 2020-2021 Campaign exceeded its goal thanks to our generous donor community and committed leadership. Services required of BJE, by our community’s schools, educators, parents and students were...

BJE E-News
June 18, 2021

By Rabbi Jim Rogozen

Recent articles and gatherings, including Prizmah’s Mental Health Summit, have addressed a growing concern about mental health issues in our schools. While creating initiatives to address...

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BJE E-News
June 7, 2021

Having difficult conversations – with parents, colleagues, employees and supervisors – is part of any early childhood director’s experience. Learning how to successfully navigate these conversations so that each party feels heard, and progress...

Image of the six of the Lainer and Smotrich Religious School Award winners
BJE E-News
May 11, 2021

BJE Honors Religious School Educators

Like educators in so many settings, teachers and administrators in part-time religious schools rose to the challenges of this year in a huge way, pivoting overnight to digital...

BJE E-News
April 20, 2021

Knowing that students need more emotional support than ever before, David Lewis and his colleagues who work with educators from part-time and congregational religious schools embarked on an effort to help these schools sharpen their skills in...

BJE Thought Leaders
July 8, 2021

In an essay titled “Israel: The Ever-dying People,” the twentieth century Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz observes that Israel (the Jewish people) has, throughout history, viewed itself as “constantly on the verge of ceasing to be, of...

children smiling
BJE Thought Leaders
June 28, 2021

By Dr. Gil Graff

Much has been and will be written about the recently released Pew study of American Jewry. Not surprisingly, the study...

Girl with Israeli flag
BJE Thought Leaders
May 24, 2021

By Dr. Gil Graff

I recall one of the first BJE professional development sessions I attended as a teacher at a BJE-affiliated school decades ago. The speaker was Rabbi Harold Schulweisz"l. The gist of his message was that...

Wheat fields for Counting the Omer
BJE Thought Leaders
May 3, 2021

Counting each day of the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot is referred to as Sefirat Ha’Omer – a reference to the “wave offering” of a sheaf of ripe grain (an Omer), brought to the Temple in Jerusalem, from the beginning of the grain...

BJE Thought Leaders
March 25, 2021

Shortly before Pesach, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of a grandson whom we have yet to meet in person.  Since his birth in New York City, during the early weeks of the pandemic (at a time when his father could not enter the...

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