Colleagues from the BJE Impact Network for Jewish Service Learning Educators have collectively planned a day for teens from their various schools and programs to volunteer together at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Teens will spend the day painting and preparing materials for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build, while building friendships with other Jewish teens.
By Dr. Gil Graff
With Pesach on the near horizon, thoughts of the haggadah and its call to include, hear and relate to multiple voices take on heightened consciousness. The haggadah opens the Passover narrative with an invitation to all who are in need, whether materially or in spirit, to join the seder experience. Shortly thereafter, we expressly recognize (at least) four different attitudes among children with regard to the seder proceedings. While calling for differentiated responses, each child is to be included in the broader conversation.
BJE’s first LA Religious School JEDCamp took place at University Synagogue on January 17 with 60 educators in attendance, representing seven different synagogues.
In 2009, a group of educators in Philadelphia envisioned an innovative new form of teacher professional development, one that was organic, participant-driven created by educators, for educators. In 2010, the first EDCamp “unconference” was held, a day that gives educators a voice and relies on those present to set the agenda, create the workshops and learn from each other.
By Ali Kriegsman
By Phil Liff-Grieff
We are fortunate to be living in a time when it has become increasingly fashionable to do community service. Families, teens and children are engaging in volunteer activity to help others, save the planet or otherwise make a difference in the world around them. This is, quite simply, a good thing.
by Dr. Gil Graff
“Your people (nation) is my people (nation); your God is my God.” With these words, the Biblical Ruth, a Moabite-born woman who was to become the grandmother of King David, indicated to her mother-in-law Naomi that she wished to join the Israelite community. The words bespeak a folk and a religious dimension of Jewish identity.
By Harry Bloom
By Dr. Gil Graff
By Arnee R. Winshall
Admittedly, I am a language junky. I find nothing more exciting than being able to go to a foreign country and talk to people in their own language instead of their having to talk to me in my language. (I have always been bothered by the measure of arrogance and inherent limitation associated with the view we, as Americans, have developed that the whole world should and will learn to speak English.) Of all the languages I can speak, understand, and read none share the status and importance of Hebrew.
Writing in 1904, Solomon Schechter—President of the fledgling Jewish Theological Seminary of America—described Hebrew as the “great depository of all that is best in the soul-life of the Congregation of Israel.” He observed that, historically, Hellenistic Jews had experimented with abandoning Hebrew: “The result was death. It (Hellenistic Judaism) withered away….”