BJE Builders

In addition to sharing news of BJE's programs and services with the broader community, BJE has launched a Builder Campaign, highlighting people who are part of BJE's network - the Builders of Jewish education.  Builders play a variety of roles in Jewish education in Los Angeles, as educators, students, parents and grandparents. Some are philanthropists, some are thought leaders, all are passionate about Jewish education in their communities, and in the broader community.
Every week, BJE will highlight a Builder on the BJE Facebook page.  If you would like to nominate a builder, please be in touch with Miriam Prum Hess, Director, Donor & Community Relations. Thank you, to all Builders who help sustain and enhance Jewish education in Los Angeles.

Builder: 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.
BJE enhances and sustains Jewish educational opportunities in Los Angeles.  Please join us!