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BJE to Hold Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators

Feb 03, 2020

On March 16, 2020 BJE will hold its annual Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute. The conference provides early childhood educators with an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, network with other educators, and grow as professionals.  Due to the Coronavirus the conference this year will be held online.

Left to right: BJE Teen Service Corps participant Ayla Kattler; BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff, Honorees Cheryl Weisberg Davidson, Marlynn and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Craig Rutenberg and BJE President Mark Berns

BJE Gala Honorees Help Raise Funds for BJE’s Teen Experiential Learning

Jan 22, 2020

On January 12, a sold-out crowd gathered at Sinai Temple for BJE’s annual gala, honoring four exceptional builders of Jewish education – Cheryl Weisberg Davidson, Marlynn and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, and Craig Rutenberg. Attendees, from across the Los Angeles area, represented a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The event helped raise funds to support BJE and its teen experiential programs which engage youth in action and reflection based on Jewish values of helping those in need.

Religious School Educators Network Professional Development; top right: Carla Adivi, bottom right: Malka Clement

BJE Offers Teachers a Wide Array of Educational Opportunities

Nov 13, 2019

Ever wonder how your teachers get so smart? Well, we can’t take all the credit, but BJE does provide ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers in day schools, early childhood and part-time Jewish schools. Read on for more information about some of the varied programs available to teachers in Jewish schools just this fall!

BJE Helps Religious School Educators Think Outside the Box

BJE Helps Religious School Educators Think Outside the Box

Oct 03, 2019

On September 19, 28 educators in part-time Jewish education programs gathered for the launch of the 2019-20 calendar year for BJE Reshet-LA and BJE’s Religious School Educators Network. This year represents continued growth for Reshet-LA, a project designed to help schools innovate, from nine participating institutions in year one, to 15 part-time Jewish education programs in this, its third year.

A Fifty Year Commitment

Oct 03, 2019

It is a common practice for organizations to ask people to pledge their support in order to meet immediate needs. This is referred to as annual giving. The Torah, however, imagines a much longer-term commitment when it comes to education.

In the story recounted in Parashat Va-etchanan – which we read a few weeks ago – Moshe gave the People a pep talk as they prepared to end their travels in the wilderness and enter the Land of Israel. 

children looking at the Torah

At the Start of a New School Year

Sep 03, 2019

Each August, as a new school year approaches, the cycle of Torah study is in its “home stretch,” nearing the close of the fifth and final book of the Torah, Devarim.  Devarim means “words.”  It is a title drawn from the opening phrase of the book: “These are the words that Moses spoke….”  The context is dramatic: Moses, liberator, lawgiver and leader of the Israelites for forty years, will soon die; the book is his farewell addresses, delivered over the last weeks of his life.  Devarim offers much on which to reflect, as a new school year begins. 

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