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2021 Lainer and Smotrich Religious School Award Winners

May 11, 2021

BJE Honors Religious School Educators

Like educators in so many settings, teachers and administrators in part-time religious schools rose to the challenges of this year in a huge way, pivoting overnight to digital platforms, and often providing critical emotional support to students overwhelmed by the pandemic. It is BJE’s great privilege to honor six of these educators.

Wheat fields for Counting the Omer

Counting What Counts

May 03, 2021

Counting each day of the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot is referred to as Sefirat Ha’Omer – a reference to the “wave offering” of a sheaf of ripe grain (an Omer), brought to the Temple in Jerusalem, from the beginning of the grain harvest in Israel to its conclusion.

The Talmud considers this period to be one of semi-mourning, in memory of a plague (or Roman soldiers) that killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students.

Thank you for supporting BJE March of the Living image of Israeli flags

As We Move Into Indepence Day - Thank you for supporting BJE March of the Living

Apr 12, 2021

For two weeks, friends of BJE March of the Living helped make a huge impact on social media by donating to BJE’s special Facebook campaign, sharing the campaign with their friends, and holding their own Facebook campaigns. The result of these efforts was the most successful single social media campaign BJE MOTL has held to date, helping raise $30K, exceeding BJE’s goal.

Holocaust survivor Gabriella Karin and students and educators from the March of the Living trip to Poland

BJE March Of The Living’s (MOTL) Yom HaShoah Commemoration Opportunities

Apr 05, 2021

On Wednesday Evening, April 7th, 7:30-9:00pm PST, BJE MOTL and partner SOCAL Shinshinim will host a special Erev Yom HaShoah program, an evening of remembrance featuring Holocaust survivor and artist Gabriella Karin. Gabriella has travelled on the March with BJE’s LA-based delegation in the past, and will share her powerful story of resiliency. Register for this free BJE MOTL Yom HaShoah program.

Of Pesach, Generations, and Memory

Mar 25, 2021

Shortly before Pesach, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of a grandson whom we have yet to meet in person.  Since his birth in New York City, during the early weeks of the pandemic (at a time when his father could not enter the hospital because of prevailing COVID-19 restrictions), we have watched his considerable growth via FaceTime.  The availability of such technology is truly a gift. 

BJE March of the Living Launches Special Facebook Campaign to Raise Support for its Life-Changing Programs

Mar 22, 2021

From March 25-April 9, supporters of BJE March of the Living will hold social media fundraising campaigns to help raise money for BJE’s experiential Holocaust education program for teens.

Though the pandemic has forced International March of the Living to cancel the trip this spring, BJE’s Experiential Education team has been working throughout the year to provide opportunities for students to connect with survivors and learn their stories of survival and resilience.

BJE Honors Four Early Childhood Educators with 2021 Lainer and Smotrich Awards

Mar 16, 2021

In a year that has presented challenges beyond what anyone could have imagined, educators have risen to the challenge. On March 15, four educators from BJE-affiliated early childhood programs received awards, recognizing both their incredible work in the field of education prior to the start of the pandemic, and their extraordinary efforts since.


Mar 15, 2021

As a Jewish early childhood program, the IKAR ECC draws from Jewish traditions, culture, and practice to offer children a rich experience in which their Jewish identity can thrive, their social consciousness can be deepened, and they can establish roots in a love for their heritage.

Dr. Deborah Parks Principal at Harkham Gaon

BJE Builder Dr. Debora Parks - Harkham GAON

Mar 09, 2021

For Dr. Debora Parks, being a leader of a small day school means wearing many different hats. Dr. Parks indeed does that, as she is a flexible, dynamic leader, one who assumes a variety of roles in her school. She is always giving of her expertise, thoughts, and time, constantly adapting to an ever-changing environment, and, thus, sustaining Harkham-GAON Academy (HGA) with never-ending positive energy. Harkham-GAON Academy is grateful to Dr. Parks for being instrumental in building what Rabbi Moises Benzaquen dreamed of: an affordable, inclusive, modern Orthodox Jewish day school. 


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