By transmitting the Jewish tradition to a new generation, Kadima Day School seeks to transform received values, wisdom, and practices into the building blocks of lifelong Jewish meaning. We explicitly consider a love of Israel and the Jewish people, moral action, and social responsibility to be among the core dispositions and behaviors that are the hallmark of a Jewishly educated Kadima graduate.
Our community will collectively light all the candles on our hanukiyot tonight to mark the final night of Hanukkah. As light in the ancient Temple required oil, the services and programs of BJE are made possible thanks to the financial investment of individual and organizational partners who care about providing successive generations of children and families with meaningful Jewish education.
Jewish education enables students to learn what Judaism means so that they can create their own Jewish identity and future.
For someone to be a Builder of Jewish education, they are not simply teaching, but are demonstrating a love and appreciation for Judaism and Jewish education to their students. Not only are they educating their students, but they are also creating a community for their students. They are teaching their students to embrace Judaism and to live and learn throughout their current and future Jewish lives.
Each year, at Hanukkah, I reflect on the story beyond the story. In the face of the pervasive power of Hellenism, a popular uprising in Judea, led by the Maccabees, succeeded in pushing back Syrian-Greek forces, rededicating the Temple and establishing a dynasty that governed Judea for a century. Yet, self-rule – much of the time characterized by internal conflict -- under that dynasty lasted only a century and, a century beyond that, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.
On December 21-22, BJE will hold its first-ever winter camp. BJE’s ATID is a two-day intensive for LA teens exploring values, advocacy topics and ways in which each of us (both individually and as a community) can make a difference. During a winter break when people are forced to stay home, ATID is an opportunity for teens to engage in a meaningful project with their peers. The camp is a collaboration between BJE and the Jewish Teen Funders Network.
What do you think it means to be a Builder of Jewish education?
Recently, a court order was issued in connection with a case brought by a number of private religious schools relating to state mandates during the pandemic. The text of the stipulated order – an agreement between plaintiffs and the state – reads as follows (full text).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAMUEL A. FRYER YAVNEH ACADEMY, et al., Plaintiffs, v. GAVIN NEWSOM, et al., Defendants. No2:20-cv-7408 (JAK) (PLAx)
STIPULATED ORDER OF DISMISSAL (JS-6)
With Covid-19 necessitating that people stay home, families have sought virtual Jewish connections and educational resources – and more families than ever have turned to BJE’s JKidLA for online information, and personalized concierge support.