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Reinventing religious school as we know it in Los Angeles.

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BJE Day of Service Learning at Shamesh Farm


Join BJE's co-chairs Amy Leibowitz and Madeline Miller, on Sunday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for [email protected] Community Service...

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For 80 years, BJE has been the only organization wholly dedicated to Jewish education in Los Angeles, across the religious spectrum and in all aspects. More than half of the money we raise to provide educational opportunities to young people in our community comes from individuals like you. We’re grateful for your support and can’t do it without you.


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March 12, 2018 at 11:15am

Partnering with Parents in a three-part series through the year for the Early Childhood Directors Network. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the theme.

Part 2:

This session will explore ways to create a strong...

BJE Builder and Board President Dr. Alan M. Spiwak (right) with BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff
BJE Builders
Mar 16, 2017

Dr. Alan M. Spiwak
BJE President

I think what is most important to me is making sure that Jewish education is available to any family who wants it. Whether it’s religious school, day school, summer camp, or something else, it’s all about making sure we continue to offer Jewish kids great experiences in Jewish environments. That’s how they’ll become active participants in Jewish life as adults.

My own kids benefitted from day schools and Jewish camping, and I saw how it provides a basis for both a value system and a knowledge base about who we are as Jews.

My kids are now adults and both are parents. They’ll have to make their own decisions about Jewish life for their families. But I’m grateful we were able to provide the opportunities we did, and we always tried to lead by example. I feel blessed that they’ve already had their own engagement in the Jewish community as adults.

Professionally, I was trained as a clinical psychologist and my area was children and families, so getting involved with educational organizations was a natural fit. My leadership with BJE has given me an opportunity to work with a terrific professional staff, and to see all the incredible effort that goes into producing all the programs and events that BJE makes happen. I’ve also appreciated being part of addressing specific educational needs in the community and helping ensure access to Jewish education.

Top row: Mark S. Berns - BJE President, Keren Dunn - Young Leader Awardee,  Rena Slomovic - Co-Chair, Bennett L. Spiegel - Honoree, Gil Graff - BJE Executive Director.  Seated: Jennifer Elad - Co-Chair, Dr. Jerry and Jean Friedman - Honorees, Jill Lasker - Co-Chair
BJE E-News
Jan 31, 2018

The 2018 BJE Gala was a resounding success thanks to you our donors. Close to 450 people attended and over $450,000 was raised, surrounding this memorable, 80th anniversary year event..
Gala Co-Chairs Jennifer Elad, Jill Lasker, and Rena Slomovic put together an unforgettable program, while MC Mark Goldenberg led the evening with humor and insight. 
The Gala honored Jean & Dr. Jerry Friedman and Bennett Spiegel for their decades of impact on Jewish education in Los Angeles and recognized Keren Dunn for next generation leadership. 
To see photos from the Gala, please click here


2018 BJE Gala Honoring Jean & Dr. Jerry Friedman, Bennett Spiegel, and Recognizing Keren Dunn from BJE on Vimeo.



Tu B'Shevat
BJE Thought Leaders
Jan 31, 2018

The 15th of the Hebrew calendar month of Shevat (Tu B’Shevat), this year, corresponding to January 30/31, marks the new year in the agricultural cycle, for purposes of various Jewish legal requirements relating to produce.  The date has, in more recent times, been embraced as a Jewish Arbor Day.  This year, Tu B’Shevat coincided with a striking, early morning eclipse of the moon.

Both vegetation and the appearance (or disappearance) of the moon are natural phenomena that did not spring from the ingenuity of humankind, yet we are capable of understanding plant growth and astronomy and apply that understanding to society’s benefit.  However, our understanding and use of natural wonders cannot answer the very basic question of how best to lead one’s life in the precious years that each person enjoys. 

The beauty of nature can evoke awe and appreciation.  Yet, in the name of nature, Nazism called for promoting racial purity and implemented the systematic murder of millions of people.  The ”natural” human instinct of acquisitiveness unleashed centuries of colonialism and the exploitation and murder of millions of people. 

During this very week of celebrating nature, Jews around the world are, in the weekly cycle of Torah study, reading chapters in the Book of Exodus that include the 10 commandments.  While appreciating the gifts of understanding and “subduing” nature, Judaism understands that “natural law” is, alone, an insufficient guide to life.  The wisdom that is inherent in Torah addresses questions of meaning and values that the study of nature cannot answer. 

There is, in contemporary education, great emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.  The capacity to better understand the natural world is, surely, a gift, and realizing that capacity is praiseworthy.  Yet, STEM education should not stand by itself.  We owe it to ourselves and our children to focus, at the same time, on questions of ultimate meaning. This is the enduring role of Jewish education.  

May 10, 2018 at 10:00am

Partnering with Parents in a three-part series through the year for the Early Childhood Directors Network. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the theme.

Part 3:

The final session will focus on creating an...

Our Accomplishments

BJE’s impact is felt throughout greater Los Angeles. These are just a few
ways we’re making a difference this year.

Number of Schools


Across the Jewish spectrum, Jewish schools in Los Angeles receive a wide range of services and support from BJE.

Engaged Students


From birth through young adulthood, young Jewish people in Los Angeles are engaged in Jewish life through BJE programs and accredited or affiliated schools.

Grant & Resource Dollars


BJE leverages the strength of our vibrant community to generate public and private funding that benefits Jewish educational programs and institutions throughout Greater Los Angeles in a wide range of ways.

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