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
I think what is most important to me is making sure that Jewish education is available to any family who wants it. Whether it’s religious school, day school, summer camp, or something else, it’s all about making sure we continue to offer Jewish kids great experiences in Jewish environments. That’s how they’ll become active participants in Jewish life as adults.
My own kids benefitted from day schools and Jewish camping, and I saw how it provides a basis for both a value system and a knowledge base about who we are as Jews.
Dear BJE Builder,
There is only one organization in Los Angeles wholly committed to Jewish education in its many expressions - BJE: Builders of Jewish Education. Every day, BJE is part of building LA's vibrant Jewish community.
BJE can't do this without your help. It takes a community to educate our children; we hope you will consider supporting the work of BJE by becoming a Builder of Jewish education.
Follow this year's BJE teen March of the Living (MOTL) journey virtually on the 2016 teen MOTL blog and view more photos on Facebook and Instagram.
BJE is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Teen Experiential Educator Mentoring Fellowship (Mentoring Fellowship) as part of the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI).
"Thank you to BJE and PEJE for partnering to bring our schools together in order to collaborate on recruitment and retention. It is this kind of collaboration which helps sustain our schools and keep our programs dynamic." Glenda Dragin, Temple Israel of Hollywood
Colleagues from the BJE Impact Network for Jewish Service Learning Educators have collectively planned a day for teens from their various schools and programs to volunteer together at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Teens will spend the day painting and preparing materials for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build, while building friendships with other Jewish teens.
BJE’s first LA Religious School JEDCamp took place at University Synagogue on January 17 with 60 educators in attendance, representing seven different synagogues.
In 2009, a group of educators in Philadelphia envisioned an innovative new form of teacher professional development, one that was organic, participant-driven created by educators, for educators. In 2010, the first EDCamp “unconference” was held, a day that gives educators a voice and relies on those present to set the agenda, create the workshops and learn from each other.