BJE – Builders of Jewish Education – is the only organization in Los Angeles wholly dedicated to supporting and enhancing Jewish educational experiences, from early childhood through high school, across the full Jewish religious and cultural spectrum.
BJE helps families and their children find and connect with the “right” Jewish educational opportunity for each child and works with schools and other educational institutions to strengthen Jewish learning and living. BJE’s programs are constantly evolving to meet the community’s needs.
Jewish learning is the foundation of vibrant Jewish living. BJE ensures present and future generations of knowledgeable Jews who are committed to their religious and cultural heritage and an enduring connection with Israel. BJE plays a vital role in fostering meaningful Jewish continuity, strengthening contemporary American Jewish life and promoting lifelong Jewish learning.
BJE Builds Jewish Education
BJE leverages community resources for professional development that no single school or program could access alone. In short, BJE ensures that institutions and educators are the best they can be for the sake of our children and the community.
The First 36 Project, a program of the Simms/Mann Institute, combines tried and tested theories of early childhood development with cutting-edge research in early childhood learning and brain sciences to nurture meaningful relationships and foster resilience in future generations. The project – a collaboration with BJE and The Jewish Federation – is designed to rethink the nature of parent & me programs in Jewish institutions and refine their ability to deepen and enhance the social and emotional development of the youngest children and their parents.
Early Childhood Education professional development enhances the quality of Jewish education for young children, offering focused development of their educators through conferences, workshops and professional learning networks.
Complementary Jewish Education services provide professional development, best practices and innovative program ideas to congregational religious schools and other educational providers so that educators in these settings can foster student learning and nurture the students’ Jewish connections, Jewish knowledge and Jewish identity.
Day School Capacity Building helps schools operate efficient, cost effective programs and implement best practices. BJE accesses grants and government funding to bring the leading thinkers and ideas in education and management to the attention of local day schools.
Through professional development workshops, coaching and cross-denominational think tanks, BJE facilitates collaborative learning that strengthens the entire community. In addition, BJE works with donors, foundations and schools to build endowments that will help ensure more affordable and accessible Jewish educational opportunities for children and families.
LA Teen Initiative is a project of the Jewish Federation in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. BJE is proud to be a part of this Initiative, focusing our work on the professional development of youth educators and expanded service learning consultation with schools, camps and youth educators.
BJE Builds Jewish Family
Jewish living begins with Jewish families, and BJE provides families with connections to Jewish life in Los Angeles that fit their individual needs.
JKidLA connects Jewish families with parent & me groups, preschools, day schools, religious schools, camps and resources that meet their individual values and needs. Through social networking, JKidLA provides recipes, crafts and holiday ideas for families to do at home and promotes local family-centered Jewish programs and events.
BJE Builds Jewish Identity
Positive Jewish experiences will help burgeoning Jewish young adults form lifelong relationships with Judaism and the Jewish community.
March of the Living brings the largest student delegation from the US together with a cohort of Holocaust survivors and educators to Poland and Israel on a life-transforming journey that fosters an enduring attachment to Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel. The delegation joins more than 10,000 people from around the world on a march from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day and then travels to Israel to celebrate Israel Independence Day.
BJE Impact: The Center for Jewish Service Learning empowers teens to make an impact on their communities and build a strong Jewish identity in the process through BJE Teen Service Corps summer day camp and www.bjeimpact.org. The BJE Impact website is a service learning hub for teens, families and educators to find community service opportunities throughout Greater Los Angeles and to access Jewish service learning resources. BJE Impact also provides consultation to schools, camps and youth educators.
BJE Lainer Interns offers college juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore contemporary issues and approaches to Jewish education in multiple settings, and to experience “hands on” internships with outstanding mentors. Application to this selective, three-semester program is open to Jewish students at universities throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Applications are open until February of the sophomore year of college. A spring orientation workshop launches the program, toward the end of the sophomore school year. BJE Lainer Interns who choose to spend a semester abroad at an Israeli university during junior year will receive a $1000 stipend in support of their studies.