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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...

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Event
January 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

Monthly gathering of the Directors and Assistant Directors in our ECC network.

Open to Early Childhood Director's Network

Contact person: Carly Rosenstein


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Stacy Kesner director of early childhood center temple emanuel of beverly hills
BJE Builders
Jan 17, 2021

Early Childhood is a critical time for children to develop their identity. Our Early Childhood Center provides each child with an environment created to stimulate curiosity, which in turn ignites learning and imagination. Our Judaic curriculum is multidimensional and joyful, helping to instill in each child an invaluable lifelong love of learning and community, which preserves our Jewish heritage.

A Builder of Jewish Education is an architect, one who plans, designs spaces and oversees the construction of our youngest community. Educating and introducing students to an innovative curriculum, while at the same time investing in the growth of Jewish education, allows a builder to be an integral part in providing the foundation for each child’s Jewish identity.

For nearly four decades Stacy Kesner has dedicated herself to the development of Jewish souls, and the intellectual and emotional well being of her pre-school students. Over the years she has combined the best new practices in early childhood education with her own sensibilities to create a program that nourishes the students as they begin to connect socially with each other, and encourages them to love learning. Stacy’s devotion to the welfare of not just her students, but to the entire family, in a personal and heartfelt way, makes her school a welcoming place where families feel seen and safe. Stacy’s unwavering efforts to create a warm, secure, loving environment combined with a hands-on and practical educational program make her one of the builders of Jewish education in Los Angeles.

Temple Emanuel’s Early Childhood Center has pivoted nicely during the pandemic. The ECC students adapted quite well to the socially distanced and mask protocols and were delighted to be back in the classroom with their friends and teachers. Our school has prepared virtual learning bags for each student in the event a classroom has to close temporarily and transition to an online platform. Our staff took time to include thoughtful projects, games, DIYs and educational activities in their virtual curriculum. Our unique learning opportunities and exciting activities continue with much energy and enthusiasm throughout our school day whether in class or online.

Stacy’s unwavering efforts to create a warm, secure, loving environment combined with a hands-on and practical educational program make her one of the builders of Jewish education in Los Angeles.

Stacy Kesner is being recognized at BJE's Out of the Box Gala on February 5, 2021, along with other educational leaders throughout Los Angeles.

For more information about who is being recognized and how to participate, please go to www.bjela.org/gala.

To learn more about Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, please go to their website by clicking here.

BJE E-News
Jan 08, 2021

This week, educators and parents across Los Angeles are working to help our young people make sense of the events happening in our country. As in any time we have faced challenging moments such as these, children have questions and concerns, and the support of adults in our community is essential to help kids sort out their feelings. For adolescents, especially, it is critical to help ensure that they are avoiding reading – and spreading – the misinformation that is so easily accessible online. BJE is collecting resources for educators and parents about how to best support our children and teens through this time.

ADL Los Angeles - has outstanding resources for parents and educators alilke with links to multiple resources including:

 

   

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators has put out a few resources for educators (click on the image).  To find out more about their coursework, click here.

 

BJE Thought Leaders
Dec 08, 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 establishing a dynasty that governed Judea for a century.  Yet, self-rule – much of the time characterized by internal conflict -- under that dynasty lasted only a century and, a century beyond that, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. 

Notwithstanding disappointment at the events that unfolded after the success of the revolt, Jews recited and continue to recite a blessing of thanks for miracles experienced “in those days, at this time.”  Jewish liturgy also includes the recitation of Hallel – psalms of praise and thanksgiving – as part of each day of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah reminds us to appreciate and draw inspiration from celebratory milestones, even beyond the moment. 

Hanukkah immediately follows two weekly Torah portions that introduce names by which the Jewish people are known.  “Jew” refers to someone whose people once hailed from Judea, or Judah.  Judea drew its name from the tribe of Judah, from which the Davidic dynasty emerged.  As to the origins of the name Judah, in Genesis 29:35 we read that Leah called her son Judah (Yehudah), the Hebrew word for thankfulness; she expressed gratitude, through that name, for the birth of her fourth son.  The very appellation Jew bespeaks gratitude and thanksgiving. 

Some years after Judah’s birth, the patriarch Jacob finds himself at a moment of tremendous uncertainty.  He is about to encounter his brother Esau who, twenty years earlier, was of a mind to kill him for having “stolen” his birthright; Jacob has heard that Esau is accompanied by four hundred men.  On the eve of that encounter, Jacob wrestles with an unknown adversary; he emerges “whole,” and with a new name: Israel, one who has struggled and prevailed (Genesis 32: 25-29). 

The descendants of Israel (Jacob), the Jewish people, have, notwithstanding struggles, thrived.  More than two millennia after the events we recall at Hanukkah, 6.8 million Jews are among the residents of the flourishing, sovereign Jewish State of Israel, and a similar number of Jews enjoy the opportunities – including religious liberty – that abound in the United States.  During challenging times – and, this year is such a period for all humankind -- Hanukkah recalls bright moments of celebration and possibility; it is a summons to gratitude and resilience, and a reminder that light invariably follows darkness, “in those days” and, surely, at this time, too.  

Dr. Gil Graff is the Executive Director of BJE

Hanukkah Resources at BJE JKidLA, click here

Event
January 20, 2021 at 12:00pm

BJE, JTS, and the Jewish Federation's JECELI-LA would like to invite you to a special professional development opportunity with Julie Wassom on:

Wednesday, January 20th 12:00-1:00pm - Keys to Rebuilding Enrollment in the Wake of COVID...

Two young girls with masks playing on playground
Event
January 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

Monthly gathering of the Directors and Assistant Directors in our ECC network.

Open to Early Childhood Director's Network

Contact person: Carly Rosenstein


...

Event
January 20, 2021 at 12:00pm

BJE, JTS, and the Jewish Federation's JECELI-LA would like to invite you to a special professional development opportunity with Julie Wassom on:

Wednesday, January 20th 12:00-1:00pm - Keys to Rebuilding Enrollment in the Wake of COVID...

Event
January 27, 2021 at 12:00pm

BJE, JTS, and the Jewish Federation's JECELI-LA would like to invite you to a special professional development opportunity with Julie Wassom on:

Wednesday, January 27th 12:00-1:00pm - Easy Ways to Recruit Qualified Prospects for your...

Stacy Kesner director of early childhood center temple emanuel of beverly hills
BJE Builders
January 17, 2021

Early Childhood is a critical time for children to develop their identity. Our Early Childhood Center provides each child with an environment created to stimulate curiosity, which in turn ignites learning and imagination. Our Judaic curriculum...

BJE Builder Rabbi Adam Lutz
BJE Builders
January 17, 2021

Jewish education provides students with a "lab-like environment" to learn, explore, and apply Judaism to real life! Classrooms reflect the real world both in content and social development so that when students leave the classroom and grow up...

BJE Builders
January 14, 2021

In our early childhood center, Jewish education is specifically designed to embrace both child and parent, Jews and non-Jews, all of whom find a welcome place in our school and community. Jewish education provides a ritual language for families...

Marcy Goldberg web
BJE Builders
January 14, 2021

Jewish education provides a language through which our members can understand the world, express what is in their hearts, form relationships with other members of the community and with God, and gain access to a rich treasury of wisdom and...

BJE Builders
January 12, 2021

As a Jewish school, our distinct challenge is to root our students in the joy and responsibility of Jewish learning, belonging, and practice and to enable them to learn from, contribute to, and creatively interact with the traditions, cultures...

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 –...

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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...

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BJE E-News
October 12, 2020

With the school year well underway for part-time religious schools, BJE staff has moved from helping schools prepare for the year, to helping educators continue to meet the dynamic, challenging and evolving needs of 5781. As David Lewis, BJE’s...

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”...

The Last Lecture
BJE Thought Leaders
August 19, 2020

A number of years ago (2008), a book titled, "The Last Lecture" was published.  This best-seller was an expanded version of a lecture by Professor (of computer science) Randy Pausch, who – knowing that he had but a few months to live –...

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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.

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