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.
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….”