Being a Builder of Jewish education is all about the future, providing support for the next generation.
BJE Impact: The Center for Jewish Service Learning awarded its first Jewish Service Learning Microgrant to CTeen of the Conejo, for a pre-Thanksgiving program for its teens. The grant of $1,200 allowed CTeen to pay for a bus and admissions to a local farm for its teens to pick produce that they then donated to the Manna Food Bank.
These microgrants, offered in partnership with the LA Jewish Teen Initiative*, are designed to mitigate program costs. The cap for grant applications is $2,000, with an estimated average of $700.
Associate Director, URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
Former BJE Graduate Student Intern
BJE's March of the Living, which leaves Los Angeles on April 19, 2017, teaches powerful lessons of Jewish history, personal Jewish identity and has a profound impact on its participants. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Los Angeles delegation, along with thousands of people from all over the world, march from Auschwitz to Birkenau to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust. In Israel, programming gives participants the opportunity to look forward and see all of the incredible accomplishments and advancements the Jewish state has made since its establishment.
Director, Center for Youth Engagement, Stephen Wise Temple
I believe that today, authentic Jewish educational experiences cannot happen in a vacuum like they used to. There has to be collaboration across institutions. We have to engage students and they have to be at the center to make learning relevant to them – starting with young students, all the way through high school.
In many Jewish communities - as the Jewish holidays of the month of Tishrei near their close -- it is customary to read the book of Ecclesiastes (Koheleth) during the shabbat of sukkot. A holiday known as "z'man simhateinu" - the time of our joy - is, paradoxically, celebrated in part by reading reflections, traditionally ascribed to King Solomon, that suggest that the human condition is utterly inexplicable. In the face of an uncertain and often frustrating world, the book ends by counseling the reader to maintain awe of God and to observe God's commandments.
Head of School, Heschel Day School and Heschel graduate, class of ‘85
Our Jewish past offers us tremendous richness and depth. When our students confront our past with excitement and make it their own, then something special, something electric, takes place. And when it does, our students carry forward the spirit that was entrusted to us.
BJE is the proud recipient of a four-year Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to establish Project EnAble, a centralized resource for children with special needs.
The goal of Project EnAble is to offer reduced-cost services for students with mild to moderate learning needs in Jewish elementary schools, coordination - on a flexible basis - of access to these services, and integrated professional development workshops within the schools to support the clinical and educational work being done.
Jewish education is the key to all the doors I will need to open later on in my life, and the road to my success.