The Wise Schools know that all students deserve the opportunity to learn deeply, be creative, experience wholeness in order to make great happen in the world. This is even more important using a Judaic lens. A Wise School graduate feels a strong connection to the State of Israel, our history, holidays and rituals, and an obligation to improve their community.
Day School Education
BJE Builder - Rabbi Deborah Schuldenfrei, Head of School Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School
Learn today. Lead tomorrow. At VBSDS, Judaism roots all that we learn and teach. Being Jewish means access to thousands of years of wisdom while interpreting the tradition to innovate for tomorrow. Our students learn today to lead tomorrow and they are more successful because of the pride they develop in their Jewish heritage and the Jewish imperative upon them that they can make a difference starting today! Ancient Torah speaks its voice and we answer its call to learn and lead, today and tomorrow.
By transmitting the Jewish tradition to a new generation, Kadima Day School seeks to transform received values, wisdom, and practices into the building blocks of lifelong Jewish meaning. We explicitly consider a love of Israel and the Jewish people, moral action, and social responsibility to be among the core dispositions and behaviors that are the hallmark of a Jewishly educated Kadima graduate.
BJE is proud to work with 37 accredited Jewish day schools educating nearly 10,000 students, grades K-12. Each school is unique in its culture and governance. BJE is committed to helping each school work toward enhancing the quality of its educational program, enabling additional students/families to access the opportunity of day school education, and furthering institutional sustainability.
Learn about the impact of a Jewish High School education on one family thanks to the Jim Joseph Foundation and BJE.
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Our Jewish past offers us tremendous richness and depth. When our students confront our past with excitement and make it their own, then something special, something electric, takes place. And when it does, our students carry forward the spirit that was entrusted to us.
Being a Builder of Jewish education means preparing our young people to embrace both tradition and modernity. It means creating educational programs that help kids think well, belong to something greater than themselves, and take positive action – now, and in the future.
A Builder of Jewish education is not satisfied with the status quo. To build means to encounter challenges, and even resistance at times. But a builder perseveres, out of a passion for the mission, and recognition that without building, the mission fails.
My Jewish education is the foundation for how I think and live my life, guided by the values and morals outlined in the Torah and by our sages. It’s a guide for conducting myself in my personal and professional life.