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by Alisha Pedowitz, Specialist, Teen Experiential Education

When God created the first human beings, God led them around all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said: “Look at My works! See how beautiful they are—how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.” Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13

This past summer at the BJE Teen Service Corps, we had the privilege of working with... 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

Hanna Keynan accepts Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator AwardFour talented Los Angeles-area Jewish day school educators were caught off guard with a 2015 Milken Jewish Educator Award (JEA), an unrestricted $15,000 financial prize and wildly cheering students.
Mika Nagar with Plaque, "6,000,000 forever in our hearts"

BJE March of the LivingMay 1 - May 15, 2016

2016 Teen Delegation Registration is NOW!  Join thousands of teens from over 40 countries as you commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland, marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau.  Travel to Israel, where teens and survivors observe Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen soldiers (Yom ha’Zikaron) and celebrate Israel’s independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut), experiencing the joy and significance of Israel’s independence. 



NextGEN celebrated Sukkot with their families and BJE staff in Los Angeles with a committee meeting to plan the 2015-2016 event calendar, and holiday food and family fun! Interested in joining us this year for hikes, cooking classes, and Jewish socializing? Reach out to Jamie Cohen for more information or event ideas.

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

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 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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