Dr. Alan M. Spiwak
BJE Past President
The unlimited availability of information at the push of a button makes teaching and learning altogether different, today, than in the (ever more remote) 20th century. Education is not about mastery of a body of knowledge; it’s about processing, synthesizing and wisely applying abundantly available information. Project-based learning and collaborative problem solving are, appropriately, increasingly at the core of students’ educational experiences.
Learn about the impact of a Jewish High School education on one family thanks to the Jim Joseph Foundation and BJE.
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Registration is open for BJE Impact: Teen Service Corps, a two session, week-long summer day camp engaging rising 7-10th graders in direct service and Jewish service learning.
Session 1: June 26-30 @ Sinai Temple
Session 2: August 7-11 @ Valley Beth Shalom
Campers earn 12 hours of community service credit while 10th graders in the CIT (counselor-in-training) Leadership program earn 15 hours.
On January 12th, The First 36 Project recognized its first cohort of fellows and inducted its next class of twelve early childhood education professionals. The Simms/Mann Institute in collaboration with BJE and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, has brought an innovative professional development program to Parent Educators from fourteen BJE-affiliated Early Childhood Centers based on cutting-edge neuroscience.
by Dr. Gil Graff
This year marks 80 years since BJE was established by the Jewish Community Council, in a Los Angeles Jewish community that would be virtually unrecognizable today. The 1930s were fraught with challenges, locally and throughout the world. One of BJE’s Past Presidents, the late Bernard (“Bernie”) Levin, recalled, as a young man, joining the Anti-Nazi League, as one response to the threatening conditions of the era; this, at the same time BJE was created.
To me, education is the foundation of Judaism; the religion, our people, the community, the culture, and without it, I don’t think we’d know who we are as a people and as a religion.
My family prioritizes Jewish education. Our children are future day school participants. We want them to grow up to be thriving Jewish adults, and we think the Jewish education system is a great way to ensure that. It’ll teach them to be both mensches, and intelligent people with valuable skills.
Today, as eighty years ago, when BJE was launched, the light of Jewish learning serves as a guide to living in a world of considerable uncertainty.
As we celebrate Hanukkah, may we rededicate ourselves to the mission of building Jewish education for our own time and for generations to come.
In this giving season, please consider an end-of-year gift to BJE. Your support provides the gift of Jewish learning, brightening the lives of children and families throughout the year.