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Left to Right: BJE Summer Interns Katherine Ebel, Lily Spar, and Riley Sobel

Welcoming our Summer Interns!

Jun 28, 2018

For the third consecutive summer, BJE is fortunate to have three teens- Katherine Eble, Riley Sobel, and Lily Spar- interning at the BJE offices as part of the Jewish Federation's LA Jewish Teen Initiative. The 4-week program enables high school students to explore the work of Jewish community agencies.

Riley Sobel and Lily Spar, going into 11th grade and 12th grade at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles and Milken Community High School, respectively, are spending their internship on projects of BJE's Donor & Community Relations department.

Congrats to Grads!

Jun 15, 2018

Left: student at the Milken Community Schools Graduation
Top Right: Valley Torah High School Boys Class of 2018
Bottom Right: Students at the de Toledo High School Graduation

At this season of graduations, BJE congratulates the students and families marking graduation milestones in their Jewish education. We hope each child and family will continue on their Jewish educational journey through life.

On Shavuot and Jewish Education

May 09, 2018

by Dr. Gil Graff

Jewish tradition associates Shavuot with the experience of receiving Torah at Sinai, 50 days after liberation from slavery in Egypt.  Passover marks freedom from bondage; Shavuot celebrates freedom to lead purposeful lives.  As the Israelites are about to encounter Torah, the Torah describes Israel’s mission with the phrase: “kingdom of priests; holy nation.” 

Upcoming Events

Feb 28, 2018

The coming two weeks are filled with professional development opportunities geared to the diverse needs of educators and board leaders. BJE's professional development programs are designed to strengthen schools and improve student learning.

Forthcoming sessions include:

Top row: Mark S. Berns - BJE President, Keren Dunn - Young Leader Awardee,  Rena Slomovic - Co-Chair, Bennett L. Spiegel - Honoree, Gil Graff - BJE Executive Director.  Seated: Jennifer Elad - Co-Chair, Dr. Jerry and Jean Friedman - Honorees, Jill Lasker - Co-Chair

2018 BJE Gala

Jan 31, 2018

The 2018 BJE Gala was a resounding success thanks to you our donors. Close to 450 people attended and over $450,000 was raised, surrounding this memorable, 80th anniversary year event..
 
Gala Co-Chairs Jennifer Elad, Jill Lasker, and Rena Slomovic put together an unforgettable program, while MC Mark Goldenberg led the evening with humor and insight. 
 
The Gala honored Jean & Dr. Jerry Friedman and Bennett Spiegel for their decades of impact on Jewish education in Los Angeles and recognized Keren Dunn for next generation leadership. 
 

Parenting as Preventative Medicine

Nov 20, 2017

On November 13th, over 250 parents and early childhood education professionals gathered at Westwood's Sinai Temple for a talk given by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, one of the foremost experts in the field of early brain development.

This talk was sponsored by the Simms/Mann institute, a field leader in the application of neuroscience research to parent education. BJE, a partner in the work of disseminating this research to Parent & Me educators in Jewish early childhood education settings, was proud to promote Dr. Lieberman's talk to its network of affiliated schools. 

2017 JEA recipients

Milken Family Foundation Honors Teachers at BJE-Affiliated Schools

Oct 02, 2017

The new year was sweetened for four exemplary Los Angeles Jewish day school educators when they were surprised before their entire school communities with the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award (JEA). Those honored are (from right to left):

•    Yehudis Blauner, General Studies principal, Cheder Menachem    

And this is the blessing...

Oct 02, 2017

After ten days of introspection and working toward teshuvah – turning/recommitting to becoming our best selves – we prepare for Sukkot, “time of our joy.”  Despite the fragility that is inherently part of the human condition, we celebrate the bounty tht we enjoy and invite guests to join us in our temporary dwellings.  The sukkah inspires reflection on the constant and the transitory in the world of which we are a part.

BJE High School Interns Maya Weiss and Michael Finkelstein

Thank You To Our BJE High School Interns

Jul 25, 2017

For the second summer in a row, BJE was fortunate to have two teens - Michael Finkelstein and Maya Weiss - interning in our offices through the Jewish Federation's LA Jewish Teen Initiative. The  4-week program enables high school students to explore Jewish Community Agencies. 

Maya, going into her senior year at El Camino-Real Charter High School interned with the Donor & Community Relations Department, while Michael, going into his senior year at Santa Monica High School, interned with BJE's Center for Jewish Educational Engagement & Experiential Learning.

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