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Rebecca Spain, BJE Assistant Director of the Center for Day School Education

Rebecca Spain, BJE Assistant Director of the Center for Day School Education

Dec 27, 2016

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.

Hanukkah

Brighten the Lives of Families and Children All Year Long

Dec 22, 2016

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.

Liat Vorobiev, Specialist, Teen Experiential Education

Dec 06, 2016

To me, being a Builder of Jewish Education is getting the teens that we work with excited about their culture in unique and engaging ways. For example, taking them outside of a classroom and taking them on BJE March of the Living, where they’re learning firsthand about the Holocaust, and the value and strength in the Jewish people, or doing a service learning project where they’re learning about the importance of giving back—essentially taking Jewish values and connecting them to an activity.

BJE Jewish Service Learning Microgrants, Apply Now!

BJE Jewish Service Learning Microgrants, Apply Now!

Nov 21, 2016

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.

BJE March of the Living

BJE March of the Living

Nov 11, 2016

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.

Andrea Gardenhour - Director, Center for Youth Engagement, Stephen Wise Temple

Andrea Gardenhour

Nov 08, 2016

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.

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