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BJE Builder Dr. Sarah Shulkind, Head of School, Milken Community School

Jan 12, 2021

As a Jewish school, our distinct challenge is to root our students in the joy and responsibility of Jewish learning, belonging, and practice and to enable them to learn from, contribute to, and creatively interact with the traditions, cultures, and values of our larger society. At the same time, to fulfill our mission as a Jewish school, we need to constantly ask ourselves: how do we cultivate our distinctive Jewish gifts with the most positive elements of our larger culture in order to refine the soul, renew the Jewish people, and repair the world? 

Keri Loventhal

BJE Builder -Keri Loventhal, Director Valley Beth Shalom Etz Chaim Learning Center

Jan 10, 2021

Our Etz Chaim Learning Center values the importance of creating a Jewish community for students who attend secular schools. We are committed to giving students a chance to experience and “do Judaism.” This happens in the classroom, yard, tefillah, shirah, family programs, school programs, holidays and Synagogue events. We strive for our students to leave our school as confident and knowledgeable individuals. We want our students to go out in to the world with a strong Jewish identity and seek out organizations or groups that represent their values.

Elenna King, Social Worker at Jewish Family Service, and Educator at Kehillat Israel

Elenna King, Social Worker at Jewish Family Service, and Educator at Kehillat Israel

Aug 11, 2016

My family was always involved in different ways in the Jewish community. My grandfather – my saba – is a BJE board member and past president, and always talked about BJE and other Jewish organizations when I was growing up. I didn’t know what it meant then, but I knew my family was involved. I joined USY in high school and especially liked the social action programs.

Director of Instrumental Music at deToledo High School and Music Director for Camp Alonim

Jared Stein, Director of Instrumental Music at deToledo High School and Music Director for Camp Alonim

Jun 15, 2016

I attended high school at Hamilton Academy of Music, where I played in several bands and the orchestra for theatrical productions. I also played with my mom, dad and brothers in our family band, “The Rolling Steins.” Now my wife has joined the band and we joke that she had to audition to join the family, despite the fact that she is incredibly talented.

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