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March of the Living Teens exiting Auschwitz

The BJE March teaches powerful lessons of Jewish history and personal Jewish identity with a profound impact on participants. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Los Angeles delegation, along with...

BJE Day of Service Learning at Shamesh Farm

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Join BJE's co-chairs Amy Leibowitz and Madeline Miller, on Sunday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for [email protected] Community Service...

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For 84 years, BJE has been the only organization wholly dedicated to Jewish education in Los Angeles, across the religious spectrum and in all aspects. More than half of the money we raise to provide educational opportunities to young people in our community comes from individuals like you. BJE's Annual Campaign runs from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. We’re grateful for your support and can’t do it without you.

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Event
April 21, 2021 at 1:30pm

The Early Childhood Director's Network comprised of Directors and Assistant Directors from our BJE affiliated early childhood centers meets monthly via Zoom to network with each other and discuss current developments and questions relevant to...

BJE Builders
Mar 15, 2021

As a Jewish early childhood program, the IKAR ECC draws from Jewish traditions, culture, and practice to offer children a rich experience in which their Jewish identity can thrive, their social consciousness can be deepened, and they can establish roots in a love for their heritage.

Here at IKAR, we are inspired by the grassroots, egalitarian nature of our community. Our educators and families approach children’s Jewish learning with sensitivity, respect and collaboration, all of which are also tenets of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. With our emphasis on multi-sensory experiences, music, art, and dramatic play, the IKAR ECC’s overarching goal has been to bring the joy of Judaism to even the youngest of our community. Woven into everyday learning is the richness of our Hebrew language, the beauty of our cultural traditions, and an inclusive, progressive approach to religious practices. 

Beth Weisman, who brought with her more than a decade of experience as a Jewish early childhood educator and administrator before coming to IKAR, founded the IKAR ECC in 2010. She fell in love with this spiritual community and worked closely with families to launch an ECC founded on the tenets of respect, gratitude, best developmental practices, and a deep love of Judaism in its most inclusive form. Jane Rosen is in her fifth year as Director of Education at IKAR’s ECC. She brings with her a rich and multi-dimensional background in early childhood education, clinical psychology, art therapy, and parenting expertise. 

In addition to our amazing administrators, the IKAR ECC strives to find the most qualified, experienced early childhood educators from varied backgrounds (Reggio Emilia, Jewish Emergent Education, Special Education, Hebrew language). We embrace an inclusive co-teacher model in our classrooms that recognizes the value of every staff member. Our staff has a deep love for and knowledge of Judaism. We emphasize developmental practices through the lenses of tikkun olam and tzedakah, and we seek to see and love every child for who they are in this world. 

In response to the pandemic, we now offer a distance learning track, in addition to implementing CDC and DPH protocols for our on-campus instruction.

We have limited class size for our on-campus instruction, and there is no sharing of spaces or materials between classes. We have also created a staggered drop-off and pick-up schedule, and do not allow any external adults to enter the campus, in order to help limit everyone’s exposure and improve safety.

Dr. Jane Rosen and Beth Weisman were recognized at BJE's Out of the Box Gala on February 5, 2021.  To learn more about IKAR's Early Childhood Center, please visit their website by click here.

Thank you for supporting BJE March of the Living image of Israeli flags
BJE E-News
Apr 12, 2021

For two weeks, friends of BJE March of the Living helped make a huge impact on social media by donating to BJE’s special Facebook campaign, sharing the campaign with their friends, and holding their own Facebook campaigns. The result of these efforts was the most successful single social media campaign BJE MOTL has held to date, helping raise $30K, exceeding BJE’s goal.

In addition to the special fundraising effort, BJE’s experiential education staff partnered with Milken Community School, International March of the Living, and Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, to create a virtual two-day Conference for Jewish high school seniors in California, the US, and across the world. Read the Jewish Journal story about this compelling program.

BJE and SOCAL Shinshinim partnered for a special Erev Yom HaShoah evening of remembrance featuring Holocaust survivor and artist Gabriella Karin, who has travelled on the March with BJE’s LA-based delegation in the past.

Now we look forward to joining with International March of the Living in a virtual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration.

“Despite the disappointment of being unable to travel on the March this year, we’re so proud of the incredible efforts of our professional staff to bring meaningful experiences to teens and the greater community,” said BJE Executive Director Gil Graff. “And we’re enormously grateful for the communal response to our fundraising effort, helping to ensure the continuation of this important programming.”

For more information about BJE March of the Living, click here, or contact Maya Aharon, Director of BJE Teen Experiential Education.

BJE Thought Leaders
Mar 25, 2021

Shortly before Pesach, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of a grandson whom we have yet to meet in person.  Since his birth in New York City, during the early weeks of the pandemic (at a time when his father could not enter the hospital because of prevailing COVID-19 restrictions), we have watched his considerable growth via FaceTime.  The availability of such technology is truly a gift. 

This year marks the second successive Passover that many families, accustomed to large seder gatherings, will find modified ways of connecting with one another before or during the festival.  We are all appreciative of the opportunity of communicating with loved ones “real time.”  This is particularly so at Pesach, a holiday of generations and shared memory.

The original Passover recounted in the Bible (Exodus 12:3-11), marked the holiday as an experience to be celebrated in each household.  It was not to be a “one-off,” but recalled throughout the generations.  “This day shall become a remembrance for you…” (Exodus 12:14). 

While the Jewish people shares a collective narrative, each family unit has its unique experience on the journey to Pesach 2021 (5781 in the Hebrew calendar).  Sharing the story, across generations, of how the family came to be in this locale at this time is an organic extension of the haggadah, the telling.  That nearly seven million Jews live in the United States -- in 1880, that number was 250,000 -- is quite remarkable (that nearly seven million Jews live in the sovereign State of Israel -- in 1880, 25,000 Jews lived in that Ottoman-controlled area -- is all the more remarkable), the most recent chapter in a continuing saga.   

As a second Pesach in pandemic times approaches, the haggadah stands as a narrative of hope; a reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  The pandemic, as other challenges along the journey, will yield to a time of renewed possibility.  May each of us, one day, share with grandchildren an account of sedarim amidst a pandemic that will have become an historical memory, and may that memory – as the exodus from Egypt -- inspire us to greater appreciation of the blessings we enjoy.

Dr. Gil Graff is the Executive Director of BJE.  

Event
April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm

Wednesday, April 28th 4:30-6:00pm

  • Join us for a fun and stimulating PD using improv techniques to help with communication strategies.
     
  • Becca Barish, LCSW is a learning designer who uses her background in...
Event
April 21, 2021 at 1:30pm

The Early Childhood Director's Network comprised of Directors and Assistant Directors from our BJE affiliated early childhood centers meets monthly via Zoom to network with each other and discuss current developments and questions relevant to...

Event
April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm

Wednesday, April 28th 4:30-6:00pm

  • Join us for a fun and stimulating PD using improv techniques to help with communication strategies.
     
  • Becca Barish, LCSW is a learning designer who uses her background in...
Event
May 11, 2021 at 1:30pm

Two representatives from Westside Regional Center will present via Zoom to help us better understand what the Regional Center does for our students from intake, to services provided, to transition out, and how we can help our students get the...

Event
May 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

The Early Childhood Director's Network comprised of Directors and Assistant Directors from our BJE affiliated early childhood centers meet monthly via Zoom to network with each other and discuss current developments and questions relevant to...

BJE Builders
March 15, 2021

As a Jewish early childhood program, the IKAR ECC draws from Jewish traditions, culture, and practice to offer children a rich experience in which their Jewish identity can thrive, their social consciousness can be deepened, and they can...

Dr. Deborah Parks Principal at Harkham Gaon
BJE Builders
March 9, 2021

For Dr. Debora Parks, being a leader of a small day school means wearing many different hats. Dr. Parks indeed does that, as she is a flexible, dynamic leader, one who assumes a variety of roles in her school. She is always giving of her...

BJE Builders
March 4, 2021

The Bay-Nimoy ECC values the virtue of learning, the act of learning and living Tikkun Olam, and living a life of integrity by practicing acts of loving-kindness as we learn. By integrating Jewish values, the history of the Torah, and the...

Sarah Escobar - BJE Builder from Temple Israel of Hollywood
BJE Builders
March 3, 2021

Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Religious School is committed to providing a meaningful and joyous Jewish education for its students and families. We value that we are an integral component of the Jewish journey for the many members we serve. We...

BJE Builders
March 2, 2021

Jewish education is the “secret sauce.” Any good school will teach students to be literate individuals, but Jewish schools teach students what to do with their literacy. Learning Hebrew teaches students a second language and forms synapses in...

Thank you for supporting BJE March of the Living image of Israeli flags
BJE E-News
April 12, 2021

For two weeks, friends of BJE March of the Living helped make a huge impact on social media by donating to BJE’s special Facebook campaign, sharing the campaign with their friends, and holding their own Facebook campaigns. The result of these...

Holocaust survivor Gabriella Karin and students and educators from the March of the Living trip to Poland
BJE E-News
April 5, 2021

On Wednesday Evening, April 7th, 7:30-9:00pm PST, BJE MOTL and partner SOCAL Shinshinim will host a special Erev Yom HaShoah program, an evening of remembrance featuring Holocaust survivor and artist Gabriella Karin. Gabriella has travelled on...

BJE E-News
March 22, 2021

From March 25-April 9, supporters of BJE March of the Living will hold social media fundraising campaigns to help raise money for BJE’s experiential Holocaust education program for teens.

Though the pandemic has forced International...

BJE E-News
March 16, 2021

In a year that has presented challenges beyond what anyone could have imagined, educators have risen to the challenge. On March 15, four educators from BJE-affiliated early childhood programs received awards, recognizing both their incredible...

BJE E-News
February 8, 2021

On Friday, February 5th, BJE held its annual gala in a most unusual setting – individual dining rooms across the city!

Thanks to Gala Chair Susan Baum, our amazing Working Committee and generous supporters across the community close...

BJE Thought Leaders
March 25, 2021

Shortly before Pesach, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of a grandson whom we have yet to meet in person.  Since his birth in New York City, during the early weeks of the pandemic (at a time when his father could not enter the...

BJE Thought Leaders
March 9, 2021

Recently, I read a book co-authored by two very distinguished Jewish educators, Dr. Bruce Powell and Dr. Ron Wolfson, titled: Raising A+ Human Beings.  In his preface to this very worthwhile and accessible work, Rabbi Ed Feinstein recounts the...

BJE Thought Leaders
February 23, 2021

As Purim and the one year anniversary of the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic draw near, there is cause for cautious optimism.  The L.A. area COVID-19 surge has declined.  Effective vaccines have been developed and are – despite “roll...

BJE Thought Leaders
December 8, 2020

Each year, at Hanukkah, I reflect on the story beyond the story.  In the face of the pervasive power of Hellenism, a popular uprising in Judea, led by the Maccabees, succeeded in pushing back Syrian-Greek forces, rededicating the Temple and...

Book of Genesis page inside torah
BJE Thought Leaders
October 14, 2020

Jews, today, are free to openly express their Jewish identity in any number of ways.  Alternatively, a Jew can consciously or otherwise remain distant from anything distinctively Jewish.  These choices were not always available.  Until recent...

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