What BJE Does

What does BJE do for schools? BJE builds Jewish education:

BJE leverages community resources for professional development that no one 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 community.

Early Childhood studentsEarly Childhood Education professional development enhances the quality of Jewish education for our youngest children through the focused development of their educators through conferences, workshops, and convening 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 these educators can foster student learning and nurture the students’ Jewish connections, Jewish knowledge, and Jewish identity.

Day School Capacity Building helps schools operate more efficient, cost effective programs, and implement best practices. BJE accesses grants and government funding to bring the leading thinkers and ideas in Jewish 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.


What does BJE do for teenagers? BJE builds Jewish Identity:

LA March of the Living contingencyMarch 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 which fosters

an enduring attachment to Judaism and Israel. The delegation joins more than ten thousand people from around the world on a march from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day and then travels to Israel to celebrate Israeli 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. 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.


What does BJE do for those interested in moving Jewish Education forward? BJE Builds Jewish Educational Leadership:

Lainer Interns Program 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 April 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.

BJE NextGEN: Friends of Jewish Education seeks to recruit and direct young adults to BJE through social, educational, and volunteer opportunities; with the goal of supporting Jewish education with their time

and financial resources, as they are able.


What does BJE do for parents? BJE builds Jewish families.

JKidLA connects Jewish families with parent and me groups, preschools, day schools, religious schools, camps, and resources that reflect their unique values and preferences. 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.

What does BJE do for its funders?  BJE provides transparent and measurable results.

BJE makes sure that financial support has real impact. BJE analyzes, evaluates, reflects, and shares developments in Jewish education so donors can feel confident that their gift will make a difference in the lives of Jewish children.  Thank you to all our BJE donors and Legacy Society members.  Please look at our Annual Reports here.

Does the community really need BJE?

The need for BJE has never been more acute. Families are in search of help in finding the right Jewish educational settings for their children; schools are challenged to sustain and advance their vital work; increasing numbers of families are in need of scholarship assistance to access Jewish educational opportunity. They look to BJE for guidance and help.


How can I help?

Get involved with BJE today!  Speak with Miriam Prum Hess, Director, Donor & Community Relations to connect with a BJE program, committee or opportunity that is right for you.  Please consider a gift today.