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by Dr. Gil Graff

The Talmud reports that, were it not for the establishment of schools late in the Second Temple period, Torah would have been forgotten.  Institutions of Jewish learning, whether primary schools or academies of advanced study have been central to the vitality of Jewish life and culture, across time and place.  Jewish learning has not only nurtured Jews and Judaism “real time,” it has built the Jewish future.  

Early in the twenty-first century, much of Jewish education in the United States is devoted to enculturation,... more

BJE Offers Ma Koreh

A program for LA based Israeli-American families with young children. Working in partnership with Sifriyat Pijama B'America (Hebrew for "Pajama Library in America" and modeled after PJ Library) which provides free Hebrew language children’s books and music to encourage Hebrew literacy to families with children ages two through eight to encourage Hebrew literacy. Currently 2,300 families in Los Angeles receive Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SPBA) books and this number is growing.  more

BJE Religious School Directors Network

BJE convenes the Religious School Directors Network to connect local religious school directors to each other and provide a space for learning and sharing best practices.  
This year, BJE is thrilled to welcome Jessica Downey, Director of Jewish Education at University Synagogue, as coordinator of BJE's Religious School Directors Network.  Jessica and BJE are excited to share a new direction of the group for the year ahead - open space conversations.  more

Schools Access No Child Left Behind Funds

For the 2015-16 academic year BJE, with generous support from the Jewish Federation, secured over $1.5 million in federal funding (No Child Left Behind) earmarked for professional development and to assist students falling behind academically. Educators from BJE LAUSD Consortium day schools access hundreds of thousands of dollars of funds every year for high quality professional development ranging from Hebrew Language Proficiency, to Reader and Writers Workshops to Classroom Management.


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BJE at Work


The Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute where hundreds of ECC teachers gather annually for a day of learning, skill building and professional growth.  This year we are focusing on “The Whole Child – Heart, Mind and Body.” To register please click here.

BJE TEEN SERVICE CORPS – June 20-24; August 1-5

Calling all teens with a passion for making an IMPACT!
Join the BJE Teen Service Corps and make a difference while having fun and earning 12 hours of community service credit.
Registration now open.

How is BJE Enhancing Religious School? 

BJE’s first Religious School JEDCamp took place at University Synagogue on January 17 with 60 educators in attendance, representing 7 different synagogues. more

BJE MARCH OF THE LIVING - May 1 - May 15, 2016

Mika Nagar with Plaque, "6,000,000 forever in our hearts"

BJE's delegation, the largest in the U.S., joins thousands of teens from over 40 countries as they commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau. They travel to Israel, observing Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen soldiers and celebrating Independence Day. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.



Thank you to all BJE NextGEN attendees at the 2016 Gala!  Interested in joining us this year for Passover cooking classes, and Jewish socializing? Reach out to Leeba Morse for more information or event ideas.

BJE Adult March of the Living

Blessing our whole delegation under the giant tallisEvery 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

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

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

PARENT AND ME Voucher Program

Parent and child at beachThe 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!


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