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by Dr. Gil Graff

Recently, I attended the annual conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, in Los Angeles. There, I participated in a session on principles of experiential education articulated by John Dewey in the first half of the twentieth century as applied to Jewish learning in contemporary settings of Jewish education. The presentation included a look at some project-based learning experiences at schools, anchored in “a Dewey-inspired perspective.”

BJE March of the Living: DEADLINE! Friday, November 14, 2014

California Pride on March of the LivingApril 13 - 27, 2015

Each year, BJE invites Jewish teens throughout Los Angeles to experience March of the Living, a life-transforming journey which fosters an enduring attachment to Judaism and to Israel.   Joining thousands of teens from over 40 countries Los Angeles area teens commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland marching from Auschwitz to the death camp in Birkenau.  Traveling to Israel, teens observed Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen soldiers (Yom ha’Zikaron) and celebrated Israel’s independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut), experiencing the joy and significance of Israel’s independence.


The Power of Apathy: BJE Impact

"I will make it happen!" vs. "What difference will it make?"

Teen Service CorpBJE Impact has been gifted a PSA created through a collaboration of teens and Holocaust survivors as part of the Righteous Conversations Project that speaks to the Power of Apathy, and, conversely, the power of ACTION. We hope you will watch it and feel inspired to say to yourself, "I WILL make it happen!" instead of "What difference will it make?"

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BJE at Work

BJE Impact Girls working at Pico Union

Jewish Service Learning: A Conference for Educators

Hosted by BJE Impact
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Special Keynote Session: Best Practices in Jewish Service Learning with Repair the World
Jim Joseph HS Affordability

Jim Joseph High School Affordability Grant Applications - Apply Now!

For more information about the Jim Joseph High School Affordability Initiative, contact Arlene Agress - 323-761-8964, or visit http://bjejjfgrant.org.

Epic Israel teens at airport

EPIC Israel

They're back!  

Sophomores and juniors made an Epic journey to Israel this summer travelling across the country.  Teens choose between two tracks: community service or photography. See them on Instagram and Twitter.

HS Affordability Model

High School Affordability - A Case Study

In September, 2008, with generous funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation, BJE: Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) in Los Angeles and five local Jewish high schools, prepared to embark on a remarkable and challenging journey.  Our goal, collectively, was to build $21.25 million in high school endowment funds over six years. (more)

Parent and child at beach

PARENT AND ME Voucher Program

The Parent and Me Voucher Program is for first time participants in a Jewish Parent and Me Program. Click here to see if you qualify and get up to 70% off your first class at participating synagogues.



Job Opportunities

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:30am