My family was always involved in different ways in the Jewish community. My grandfather – my saba – is a BJE board member and past president, and always talked about BJE and other Jewish organizations when I was growing up. I didn’t know what it meant then, but I knew my family was involved. I joined USY in high school and especially liked the social action programs.
Teens spent this second week volunteering at organizations which address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Volunteer work was followed by reflection activities led by Teen Service Corps educators.
I never planned on committing my life to Jewish education - now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. With every thoughtful, passionate young person that passes through our school, I further understand the importance of nurturing a new generation of Jewish difference-makers.
BJE is proud to offer mentorship and support to aspiring Jewish communal professionals and has a long history of working with student interns.
During the summer, BJE welcomes rising high school juniors and seniors both independently and through the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles' Community Internship Program. Interns gain valuable skills while working with BJE across all departments. Pictured here are BJE summer 2016 interns, Elia Eisner, Abby Gore, Noah Martin, David Trolettie and Hannah Kleinman.
To me, being a Builder of Jewish education means we’re building upon our Jewish heritage and our traditions through education. My role is to connect the community with all different types of Jewish educational opportunities so they can grow as Jews – camps, schools, youth programs, parent and me classes.
My Jewish education is the foundation for how I think and live my life, guided by the values and morals outlined in the Torah and by our sages. It’s a guide for conducting myself in my personal and professional life.
Leon Janks - Board Member and Past Chairman, Milken Community Jewish High School, past president Camp Ramah
“…it’s more important than ever to live a Jewish lifestyle and with Jewish values or we really lose something.”
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.
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.
For us, being Builders of Jewish education means being involved with religious life, cultural life… all aspects of supporting continuity of Judaism.