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Rabbi Abraham Lieberman

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman

Jul 06, 2016

I started out majoring in psychology and accident started teaching, and I loved it! So I dropped everything, changed my major, and the rest is history. The truth is, it’s a privilege to teach. 

Being a Builder of Jewish education means you are ensuring the continuity of the Jewish future. There’s no other item that can do that than education. I see myself as part of an unbroken chain. We take what we’ve been given and pass it on to the next generation. And hope that they’ll do the same when their time comes.

Alisha Pedowitz

Jun 28, 2016

I think being a Builder of Jewish education is about laying the foundation for others to build on top of. I love the work that I get to do here, working with other educators to provide support, and working with teens.

What is unique about working with teens is that they’re at a stage where they’re trying to figure out who they want to be in the world, how they matter. They’re asking big questions and grappling with big ideas.

BJE Teen Service Corps "sold out"

Jun 22, 2016

BJE Teen Service Corps "sold out" its two week-long summer day camps that will engage 63 teens in community service and service learning centered on the theme, "Hunger and Poverty".  Campers volunteer their service and explore the many ways LA based organizations work to address these issues, followed by reflection activities led by Teen Service Corps educators. 

Director of Instrumental Music at deToledo High School and Music Director for Camp Alonim

Jared Stein, Director of Instrumental Music at deToledo High School and Music Director for Camp Alonim

Jun 15, 2016

I attended high school at Hamilton Academy of Music, where I played in several bands and the orchestra for theatrical productions. I also played with my mom, dad and brothers in our family band, “The Rolling Steins.” Now my wife has joined the band and we joke that she had to audition to join the family, despite the fact that she is incredibly talented.

Cohort 2 of the Hebrew Language Proficiency Projects

BJE Advances Hebrew Language in the Classroom

Jun 09, 2016

The Hebrew Language Proficiency Project, a joint initiative between BJE and Hebrew at the Center, empowers teachers to more effectively teach their students Hebrew.?  Educators enhance their skills to maximize student learning, ignite a passion for Hebrew in students and elevate the status of Hebrew in the community.  Each year of the Project includes a series of distance and in-city workshops and mentoring provided by Hebrew at the Center staff.  

Builder: Dr. Alan M. Spiwak, BJE President

BJE Builders

May 28, 2016

In addition to sharing news of BJE's programs and services with the broader community, BJE has launched a Builder Campaign, highlighting people who are part of BJE's network - the Builders of Jewish education.  Builders play a variety of roles in Jewish education in Los Angeles, as educators, students, parents and grandparents. Some are philanthropists, some are thought leaders, all are passionate about Jewish education in their communities, and in the broader community.
 

Jessie Downey, Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE's Religious School Directors' Network

Jessie Downey, Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE’s Religious School Directors’ Network 

May 25, 2016

Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE’s Religious School Directors’ Network 

To me, a Builder of Jewish education is someone who builds and cultivates relationships between our young Jews and their Judaism and Jewish community. I feel like it’s my job to show them that those relationships matter and give them to tools to thrive in those relationships. 

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