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by Phil Liff-Grieff

Before we jump in, I would like to tell you a little story…

This story actually starts around 1439 CE. Around that year, Gutenberg invented the first European printing press, making it possible, for the first time in Europe, to mass produce printed materials.   Suddenly, it was possible to produce thousands of pages in a day, resulting in the availability of thousands of copies of printed works for distribution broadly and cheaply.  Previously, knowledge was found in books laboriously produced by scribes and kept in the hands of clerics and... more

Cooking with BJE NextGen

Lainer & Smotrich Early Educator Award Winners: Mojdeh Soleymani (Temple Emanuel), Vita Moldavsky (Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov/Ohr Eliyahu), Merav Samara (Valley Beth Shalom) and Gila Solomon (Gan Israel) with Dr. Gil Graff & BJE Board President Alan Spiwak.

BJE NextGEN’s first cooking class brought young adults interested in furthering Jewish education in LA together to make delicious kosher food and learn about JKidLA which lists holiday themed recipes.  Attendees made caprese style blintzes, Asian style knish dumpling with curry sweet potato filling, and spring pea, lemon, and feta hummus on bagel chips.



Developing a Culture of Continuous Improvement

“Congratulations on…(an) amazing experience . It was one of the best (conferences) I have ever attended,” writes Rabbi Moshe Dear of Yavneh Hebrew Academy.

Heads of School in sessionOn February 18, 2015, 70 Educational Administrators from Jewish Day Schools in Los Angeles attended BJE’s 4th Annual Day School and Yeshiva Retreat.  This year’s theme focused on Developing a Culture of Continuous Improvement and Adaptability.  Heads of School, Principals, Development and Marketing Staff from 25 schools participated in a series of workshops and seminars at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.  Dr. John D’Auria, a respected national expert on school improvement, keynoted the opening program which was followed by a series of workshops on Managing Conflict, Increasing Academic Excellence and Donor Cultivation led by Dr. D’Auria, Dr. Susan Abelein and Janet Levine. 

What is the opposite of apathy?

By bje Impact

At BJE Impact we know the power of passionate youth willing to take action. We see evidence of this every day through our work with teens and with educational programs that seek to integrate community service and social action with Jewish learning. There is no question that taking the time to give to others and to dedicate energy to important causes leads to meaningful change (for inspiring examples of this, check out our “My Impact” reflections). It’s the core of what we are all about–that through learning and understanding what is going on around us, taking the time to take action, and reflecting on our work, we are able to individually and collectively make an IMPACT.

Because of this, we were excited to be gifted a PSA from The Righteous Conversations Project that takes a satirical look at what happens when you DON’T care. Check it out! 


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BJE at Work

Major Benchmark Reached for LA High School Affordability Initiative (LAHSAI)

Earlier this month, the five schools of LAHSAI—Milken Community High School, New Community Jewish High School, Shalhevet High School, YULA Boys High School, and YULA Girls High School—reached that formidable benchmark of $17 million raised. more

Blessing our whole delegation under the giant tallis

BJE Adult March of the Living

Every other year—in even numbered years—BJE conducts a March of the Living program for L.A. adults. The journey begins after Passover, starting in Poland and continuing to Israel. more



BJE NextGEN hosted the first of three panels focused on helping families navigate the complex waters of Jewish LA.  Bruce Powell, Miriam Prum Hess and Rich Kellner spoke about day school affordability and value proposition.  Dr. Gil Graff moderated the panel and fielded Q and A from attendees.  For more info

Teen Service Corps at work!

BJE Teen Service Corps

Campers attending BJE Teen Service Corps engage in hands-on community service while socializing with other Jewish teens.  Campers earn 12 hours of community service credit (CITs earn 15 hours) while putting Jewish values into action.  Register HERE!


Epic Israel teens at airport

EPIC Israel - June 16 - July 9, 2015

Epic Israel 2015 is a 3 ½ week Israel experience for current 10th & 11th graders in the Los Angeles area.  This program has a focus in community service and social action, allowing participants to engage in hands-on service in Israel, while meeting with influential Israelis who are working for change in the Jewish State.  

Parent and child at beach

PARENT AND ME Voucher Program

The Parent and Me Voucher Program is for first time participants in a Jewish Parent and Me Program. Click here to see if you qualify and get up to 70% off your first class at participating synagogues.

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iGive (a site with over 1500 stores) donates a percentage of your purchase to BJE 365 days a year.  Please click here and register!


Job Opportunities

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Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (All day)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:30am