For us, being Builders of Jewish education means being involved with religious life, cultural life… all aspects of supporting continuity of Judaism.
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.
Jared Stein, Director of Instrumental Music at deToledo High School and Music Director for Camp Alonim
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.
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.
Director of Parent and Child Education, Pressman Academy and Inaugural Fellow, The First 36 Project of the Simms/Mann Institute, BJE and the Jewish Federation
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
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.
I didn’t become an educator, I was born one. When I was doing student teaching the principal told my parents “she is a born teacher.” My motivation for being an educator stems from my core being!
“A Builder must understand how Judaism and Jewish values make a vital contribution to who we are as Americans…”
Dr. Bruce Powell
Head of School, de Toledo High School