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
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.
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.
"The question is no longer 'should we change?'", said Amy Asin, Director of Strengthening Congregations at the Union for Reform Judaism. "The questions are 'what should we change, and how do we get there?"
BJE is the proud recipient of a four-year Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles to establish Project EnAble, a centralized resource for children with special needs.
The goal of Project EnAble is to offer reduced-cost services for students with mild to moderate learning needs in Jewish elementary schools, coordination - on a flexible basis - of access to these services, and integrated professional development workshops within the schools to support the clinical and educational work being done.