To me, being a Builder is really about providing people with the building blocks and the tools to go out into the community and make an impression. Hopefully, the work I do helps make young people want to be Jewish.
BJE ensures that Los Angeles Jewish day schools and educators are the best they can be by providing professional development opportunities and working with schools to build endowments.
We want to lay the foundation, the scaffolding, to get kids excited about being Jewish.
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 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.
Teens spent this second week volunteering at organizations which address the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Volunteer work was followed by reflection activities led by Teen Service Corps educators.
I never planned on committing my life to Jewish education - now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. With every thoughtful, passionate young person that passes through our school, I further understand the importance of nurturing a new generation of Jewish difference-makers.
BJE is proud to offer mentorship and support to aspiring Jewish communal professionals and has a long history of working with student interns.
During the summer, BJE welcomes rising high school juniors and seniors both independently and through the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles' Community Internship Program. Interns gain valuable skills while working with BJE across all departments. Pictured here are BJE summer 2016 interns, Elia Eisner, Abby Gore, Noah Martin, David Trolettie and Hannah Kleinman.
To me, being a Builder of Jewish education means we’re building upon our Jewish heritage and our traditions through education. My role is to connect the community with all different types of Jewish educational opportunities so they can grow as Jews – camps, schools, youth programs, parent and me classes.
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.