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Jessie Downey, Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE's Religious School Directors' Network

Jessie Downey, Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE’s Religious School Directors’ Network 

May 25, 2016

Director of Jewish Education, University Synagogue and Coordinator of BJE’s Religious School Directors’ Network 

To me, a Builder of Jewish education is someone who builds and cultivates relationships between our young Jews and their Judaism and Jewish community. I feel like it’s my job to show them that those relationships matter and give them to tools to thrive in those relationships. 

Dr. Alan M. Spiwak, BJE President

May 04, 2016

I think what is most important to me is making sure that Jewish education is available to any family who wants it. Whether it’s religious school, day school, summer camp, or something else, it’s all about making sure we continue to offer Jewish kids great experiences in Jewish environments. That’s how they’ll become active participants in Jewish life as adults.

My own kids benefitted from day schools and Jewish camping, and I saw how it provides a basis for both a value system and a knowledge base about who we are as Jews.

Builders Liz Rosman Schwartz and Marci Spitzer

Support BJE and Build Jewish Education in Los Angeles

May 04, 2016

Dear BJE Builder,

There is only one organization in Los Angeles wholly committed to Jewish education in its many expressions - BJE: Builders of Jewish Education. Every day, BJE is part of building LA's vibrant Jewish community.

BJE can't do this without your help. It takes a community to educate our children; we hope you will consider supporting the work of BJE by becoming a Builder of Jewish education.

BJE Impact at Habitat for Humanity - building homes

BJE Impact Network for Jewish Service Learning Day with Habitat for Humanity

Mar 18, 2016

Colleagues from the BJE Impact Network for Jewish Service Learning Educators have collectively planned a day for teens from their various schools and programs to volunteer together at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Teens will spend the day painting and preparing materials for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build, while building friendships with other Jewish teens.

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