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BJE Helps Jewish Schools Plan for Re-Entry

Jun 16, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of all schools, the Jewish school community in Los Angeles didn’t have to look far for support – BJE has had professional networks in place for years, including day school, early childhood and part-time religious schools. 

Almost immediately, BJE began to convene the various professional networks by zoom, and participation is at an all-time high. 

BJE March of the Living Teens Help Lead Survivors Talk Series

Jun 02, 2020

When BJE’s March of the Living program was cancelled due to the pandemic, the staff worked quickly in order to provide the 220 participating teens with a meaningful experience despite the disappointment. After participating in a virtual Yom HaShoah program with the survivors who would have traveled with the group, Ann Mizrahi from de Toledo HS and Sabrina Cohensedgh from Milken reached out to BJE’s Liat Vorobiev and Maya Aharon to ask how they could be more involved with the program.

BJE to Hold Annual Conference for Early Childhood Educators

Feb 03, 2020

On March 16, 2020 BJE will hold its annual Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute. The conference provides early childhood educators with an opportunity to learn and practice new skills, network with other educators, and grow as professionals.  Due to the Coronavirus the conference this year will be held online.

Left to right: BJE Teen Service Corps participant Ayla Kattler; BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff, Honorees Cheryl Weisberg Davidson, Marlynn and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Craig Rutenberg and BJE President Mark Berns

BJE Gala Honorees Help Raise Funds for BJE’s Teen Experiential Learning

Jan 22, 2020

On January 12, a sold-out crowd gathered at Sinai Temple for BJE’s annual gala, honoring four exceptional builders of Jewish education – Cheryl Weisberg Davidson, Marlynn and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, and Craig Rutenberg. Attendees, from across the Los Angeles area, represented a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The event helped raise funds to support BJE and its teen experiential programs which engage youth in action and reflection based on Jewish values of helping those in need.

Religious School Educators Network Professional Development; top right: Carla Adivi, bottom right: Malka Clement

BJE Offers Teachers a Wide Array of Educational Opportunities

Nov 13, 2019

Ever wonder how your teachers get so smart? Well, we can’t take all the credit, but BJE does provide ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers in day schools, early childhood and part-time Jewish schools. Read on for more information about some of the varied programs available to teachers in Jewish schools just this fall!

Meet BJE’s Summer Interns

Aug 07, 2019

BJE was fortunate to have four outstanding interns this summer – meet Abby, Noah, Sophie and Yonina!

Rising 12th graders Abby Shane, of Palos Verdes High School, Noah Weiss, of Calabasas High School, and Sophie Shorten, rising 11th grader at de Toledo High School, joined BJE through the Jewish Federation’s Community Internship Program, part of the LA Jewish Teen Initiative. Participants worked four days a week, and met as a group on Fridays for skill-building in areas such a communication and professional development.


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