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By Dr. Gil Graff, Executive Director of BJE

One century ago, the great American educator John Dewey – in his classic, Democracy and Education (1916) – aptly observed that “the past is the past precisely because it does not include what is characteristic in the present.”  Yet, he continued, “the past is a great resource for the imagination; it adds a new dimension to life….  A mind that is adequately sensitive to the needs and occasions of the present actually will have the liveliest of motives for interest in the background of the present….”  

BJE E-News

The Hebrew Language Proficiency Project, a joint initiative between BJE and Hebrew at the Center, empowers teachers to more effectively teach their students Hebrew.

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.


BJE Builds

Thank You!

BJE celebrated BJE Donor Societies at the home of Ben Tysch and Rachel Andres.  Thank you to Adrian Miller and Donna Nadel for Chairing the event and to Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor for speaking.  Thank you to all BJE donors for helping BJE surpass the 15-16 campaign goal! Photo gallery



BJE has opportunities for people of all ages.  If you are a young adult looking to connect with others who share a passion for Jewish education, let us know – we would love to get to know you!

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

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.

Support BJE through iGive

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

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.  

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


Job Opportunities

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