On Friday, February 5th, BJE held its annual gala in a most unusual setting – individual dining rooms across the city!
Thanks to Gala Chair Susan Baum, our amazing Working Committee and generous supporters across the community close to 650 individuals, representing 225 households, enjoyed a delicious catered Shabbat dinner, delivered to their homes and helped BJE exceed its Gala fundraising goals. The guests of honor, 88 heads of Jewish schools across the greater Los Angeles area, were treated to a Shabbat meal for themselves and their families as well as a tribute reel in appreciation of their leadership and dedication to the education of the children in our community. Find out about the educators who were recognized!
This year, BJE took an unusual approach to its annual gala, holding an “Out-of-the-Box” celebration of heads of Jewish schools throughout Los Angeles. Participation was extraordinary, with nearly 650 meals delivered to households across the region.
The BJE Out of the Box Gala, chaired by Susan Baum, recognized the extraordinary work happening under the leadership of the directors of early childhood centers, part-time religious schools and day schools, and the money raised will enable BJE to continue to provide meaningful support to schools, educators, students and parents, particularly at a time when the needs created by the pandemic are profound. See the list of educators here.
In addition to being treated to a delicious Shabbat dinner, heads of schools at participating schools and synagogues received special tributes, expressions of gratitude from across the community.
Heads of schools have been featured for weeks as “BJE Builders of Jewish Education.” Click here to scroll through all the educator Builder profiles.
BJE is grateful for the tremendous support for Jewish education in this community. Thanks to you, BJE will be able to continue providing resources to our extraordinary and hardworking educators – and the many parents and students who benefit.
Special kudos go to the Out of the Box Gala Working Committee: Susan Baum, Chair, Michael Baum, Joanna Kasirer, Lisa Lainer-Fagan, Jill Lasker, Amy Leibowitz, Ann Lieberman, Linda Resnick, Nurit Robin, Craig Rutenberg, Nancy Schulman, Liz Rosman Schwartz, Karen Silver and Sam Yebri.