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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
March 2, 2021 at 4:00pm

On February 16, BJE launched L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program will connect teens with Holocaust survivors via zoom...

Rabbi Zwigard, Tracey Scheier and Yirat Horwatt
BJE Builders
Feb 22, 2021

The ethos and obligation of Modern Orthodox Jewish schools is to place front and center our deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to learning Torah and a passionate commitment to the continuation and survival of Judaism. When Moses spoke to the Jews as they were departing Egypt, he spoke about how important it is to teach your children. Jews became the only people in history who have predicated their survival on education. Our most sacred duty as parents and teachers is to teach our children where they come from, and to ensure that they know how to teach their own children in turn.

Judaism survives not by our numbers, not by emulating others, but by the quality and strength of our leaders and teachers who commit to education, Jewish values and community.

Our educators ensure that our children know who they are, are proud of their Jewish heritage and know what they want to achieve. We have an important opportunity to help determine how a child will treat learning throughout their life, how comfortable they will be asking questions, and how much of a self-learner they will become. We have the power to create a positive experience for the child so they won’t just be a learner when they are with us but will be a life-long learner throughout their lives.  

It was incredible to see every school in the country pivoting to remote learning and creating workable models for their community contexts. This pandemic demonstrated the extraordinary resilience, talent and capacity of our educators and at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and we are ineffably proud to be part of this profession. Hillel’s innovative plan was to ensure that teaching and learning continued uninterrupted, that we prioritize continuity of learning, compassion and community. An emphasis is placed on all stakeholders working together to create positivity and optimism during such a challenging time.

Tracey Schreier, Head of Academics, Rabbi Zach Swigard, Head of Jewish Life and Academics and Yirat Horwatt, Early Childhood Director were recognized at BJE's Out of the Box Gala on February 5, 2021.  To learn more about Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy please visit their website here
 

BJE E-News
Feb 08, 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 to 650 individuals, representing 225 households, enjoyed a delicious catered Shabbat dinner, delivered to their homes and helped BJE exceed its Gala fundraising goals. The guests of honor, 88 heads of Jewish schools across the greater Los Angeles area, were treated to a Shabbat meal for themselves and their families as well as a tribute reel in appreciation of their leadership and dedication to the education of the children in our community. Find out about the educators who were recognized!

This year, BJE took an unusual approach to its annual gala, holding an “Out-of-the-Box” celebration of heads of Jewish schools throughout Los Angeles. Participation was extraordinary, with nearly 650 meals delivered to households across the region.

The BJE Out of the Box Gala, chaired by Susan Baum, recognized the extraordinary work happening under the leadership of the directors of early childhood centers, part-time religious schools and day schools, and the money raised will enable BJE to continue to provide meaningful support to schools, educators, students and parents, particularly at a time when the needs created by the pandemic are profound. See the list of educators here.

In addition to being treated to a delicious Shabbat dinner, heads of schools at participating schools and synagogues received special tributes, expressions of gratitude from across the community.

Heads of schools have been featured for weeks as “BJE Builders of Jewish Education.” Click here to scroll through all the educator Builder profiles.

BJE is grateful for the tremendous support for Jewish education in this community. Thanks to you, BJE will be able to continue providing resources to our extraordinary and hardworking educators – and the many parents and students who benefit.

Special kudos go to the Out of the Box Gala Working Committee: Susan Baum, Chair, Michael Baum, Joanna Kasirer, Lisa Lainer-Fagan, Jill Lasker, Amy Leibowitz, Ann Lieberman, Linda Resnick, Nurit Robin, Craig Rutenberg, Nancy Schulman, Liz Rosman Schwartz, Karen Silver and Sam Yebri.

BJE Thought Leaders
Feb 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 out” challenges – being administered to increasing numbers of people.   
 
Yet, the pandemic death toll is staggeringly high.  More than 500,000 people in the United States have died from this disease, and the number of lives that, as a direct consequence, have forever been deeply affected, is many millions.  Illness and the economic impact of the virus have been devastating for millions more. 

Amidst the pain and frustration occasioned by the pandemic, it is possible to lose sight of the very remarkable phenomenon of vaccine availability one year into the pandemic.  Recently, Edward Reichman, a doctor who, in addition to his medical training and professional practice maintains interest in and contributes to Jewish scholarship, posted an interesting piece in The Seforim Blog, relating to prayer and the pandemic.  Included in Dr. Reichman’s post is the Hebrew text of a prayer composed by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Safed. 

Below is a translation of Rabbi Eliyahu’s prayer, drawing upon traditional liturgical phrases and ideas, expressing event-specific gratitude and hope:

We give thanks to You, Lord our God and God of our ancestors, God of all flesh; Creator of healing.  You grace humanity with knowledge and endow mortals with the understanding to discover and develop vaccination against the pandemic.  May it be Your will that this vaccination prevent the spread of the pandemic and save the lives of myriad thousands throughout the world.  Please, God, send complete healing to the sick of your people.  Save us from all side effects.  Heal us, Lord, and we shall be healed; save us and we shall be saved, for You are our praise.  And grant healing and cure to all of our sicknesses and pains and troubles.  For You are a compassionate and faithful Healer-God.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart find favor before You, Lord, my Rock and Redeemer.

The Scroll of Esther, read at Purim, ends by describing “light and joy and gladness” experienced by the Jews of ancient Persia.  This Purim (Thursday night and Friday, February 25-26), there are rays of light to celebrate in ongoing efforts to contain the pandemic.  Though the saga is by no means at an end, there is surely cause for gratitude and thanksgiving.

Dr. Gil Graff is the Executive Director of BJE.

Event
March 4, 2021 at 12:30pm

The third in this series on wellness is entitled, "Mindfulness".  This one and a half hour session isn an introduction to the science and practice of mindfulness, the positive outcomes it is associated with an dhow to integrate it into...

Event
March 2, 2021 at 4:00pm

On February 16, BJE launched L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program will connect teens with Holocaust survivors via zoom...

Event
March 4, 2021 at 12:30pm

The third in this series on wellness is entitled, "Mindfulness".  This one and a half hour session isn an introduction to the science and practice of mindfulness, the positive outcomes it is associated with an dhow to integrate it into...

Event
March 9, 2021 at 4:00pm

On February 16, BJE launched L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program will connect teens with Holocaust survivors via zoom...

Event
March 11, 2021 at 12:30pm

The fourth in this series on wellness is entitled, "Emotional Intelligence".  This one and a half hour session is a look at skill sets that enable emotional intelligence, agility, distress tolerance and psychological well-being.  It will be...

Event
March 16, 2021 at 4:00pm

On February 16, BJE launched L’Dor V’Dor: BJE March of the Living Edition, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Los Angeles (HMLA). The program will connect teens with Holocaust survivors via zoom...

Rabbi Zwigard, Tracey Scheier and Yirat Horwatt
BJE Builders
February 22, 2021

The ethos and obligation of Modern Orthodox Jewish schools is to place front and center our deep connection to Israel, a lifelong dedication to learning Torah and a passionate commitment to the continuation and survival of Judaism. When Moses...

BJE Builders
February 5, 2021

Our mission at Valley Torah High School is to provide an excellent Torah and College Preparatory program that inspires our students to lead lives dedicated to Torah values, the pursuit of higher education and...

BJE Builders
February 4, 2021

Kehillat Israel’s Jewish Experience Center facilitates meaningful and joyful Jewish experiences for our young congregants and prepares students to be Jewish adults in our world today and in the future. A...

Julia Levine
BJE Builders
February 4, 2021

At Temple Ramat Zion, we feel that a Jewish education is critical for raising and educating children in a holistic way. We know that we educate our children in reading, math, art, science, etc...

Carolyn Moore Mooso, Director of Education, Temple Sinai of Glendale
BJE Builders
February 4, 2021

The Religious School at Temple Sinai of Glendale believes a Jewish education is the essential ingredient to becoming a responsible, compassionate and engaged Jewish adult. 

A Builder of Jewish...

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...

Little boy reaching for jelly rolls with hanukkiah on a table
BJE E-News
December 17, 2020

Our community will collectively light all the candles on our hanukiyot tonight to mark the final night of Hanukkah. As light in the ancient Temple required oil, the services and programs of BJE are made possible thanks to the financial...

Gavel and scales of justice
BJE E-News
November 15, 2020

Recently, a court order was issued in connection with a case brought by a number of private religious schools relating to state mandates during the pandemic.  The text of the stipulated order – an agreement between plaintiffs and the state –...

voting booths
BJE E-News
October 26, 2020

It is not unusual for election time to cause stress for people. In 2016, the American Psychological Association (APA) reported...

family of young kids
BJE E-News
October 20, 2020

With Covid-19 necessitating that people stay home, families have sought virtual Jewish connections and educational resources – and more families than ever have turned to BJE’s JKidLA for online...

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...

Mountains near Mt Sinai with the sun shining out from behind the side of a mountain
BJE Thought Leaders
September 25, 2020

The American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) observed that “the great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.”  There is no greater exemplar of this ideal than the Biblical Moses.  Moses devotes forty...

BJE Thought Leaders
September 14, 2020

While Jewish tradition actually knows of multiple New Years, the first of Tishrei is commemorated as Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is associated with the creation of the world; “today is the birthday of the world”...

Our Accomplishments

BJE’s impact is felt throughout greater Los Angeles. These are just a few
ways we’re making a difference this year.

Grant & Resource Dollars

Grant & Resource Dollars

2600000

BJE leverages the strength of our vibrant community to generate public and private funding that benefits Jewish educational programs and institutions throughout Greater Los Angeles in a wide range of ways.

Engaged Students

Engaged Students

25,000

From birth through young adulthood, young Jewish people in Los Angeles are engaged in Jewish life through BJE programs and accredited or affiliated schools.

Number of Schools

Number of Schools

152

Across the Jewish spectrum, Jewish schools in Los Angeles receive a wide range of services and support from BJE.

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