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Dr. Alan M. Spiwak, BJE President

May 04, 2016

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.

Builders Liz Rosman Schwartz and Marci Spitzer

Support BJE and Build Jewish Education in Los Angeles

May 04, 2016

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.

BJE Impact at Habitat for Humanity - building homes

BJE Impact Network for Jewish Service Learning Day with Habitat for Humanity

Mar 18, 2016

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 Takes Place

Feb 04, 2016

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.

Hebrew: Is It Worth The Effort

Aug 03, 2011

Writing in 1904, Solomon Schechter—President of the fledgling Jewish Theological Seminary of America—described Hebrew as the “great depository of all that is best in the soul-life of the Congregation of Israel.” He observed that, historically, Hellenistic Jews had experimented with abandoning Hebrew: “The result was death. It (Hellenistic Judaism) withered away….”

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