An Innovative Sunday School on the Brandeis Campus

Where learning happens in Community 


Happening This Week at BJEP

This week at BJEP: 

1. Grade 1 Consecration: “Sweet as Honey.” A celebration to mark the entrance into the journey of learning Torah. 10 am -11 am in the Mandel Atrium. Grade 1 parents and extended families are invited to join for the ceremony and celebration.

2. Hanukkah Party and End of Semester Celebration. 11 am – 12 pm in the Olin Sang/Shapiro Auditorium. Join us for games, dreidel, olive-oil tasting, story telling and an a cappella concert! Parents and families are invited to join in the fun. 

3. By now, you should have received a mid-year phone call from one of your child’s teachers. If you were not able to connect, a follow up email was sent. There will not be written mid-year reports in addition to these calls and emails. This is an attempt to increase direct communication between parents and teachers. I have heard it was a meaningful experience from both parents and teachers who were able to speak. It is not too late to reach out to your child’s teacher if you would like to set up a phone call.

Looking ahead, if you have friends and families in your life who are interested in joining the BJEP community, we are accepting new students for the Spring semester. And please spread the word and Save the Date for the Spring Open House, Sunday March 29th. Including our in house production of The Sound of Music.
To find out what is happening in the classroom at BJEP and to check the review assignment, go to the class information page on the website and click on your child’s class.

BJEP is going viral! Parents and children are invited to follow us on social media to stay up to date about BJEP events and what’s happening in the classroom. Click on these links for FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


 Chesed Fund at BJEP

This year we are building a Caring Community at BJEP.

We have much celebrate in our community. B’nei Mitzvah, weddings, babies being born, athletes, and promotions. And we as a community are also suffering. Lost jobs, sick parents, the passing of loved ones, the challenges of parenting, the stress of school.

As part of our Chesed initiative this year we are participating in what I will call Shmita Economics – where we care for one other and cultivate a sense of interdependence – and we are establishing a Chesed Fund, where we can have access to resources to care for one another. This includes helping families with tuition, supporting funeral costs and being present for what arises as we reach out to support one another.

I am asking Every BJEP Family to contribute $18 to launch this Chesed Fund. We are all members of the Chesed committee! We all have love to give and we all need to be loved. This will ensure that every family that wants to attend BJEP is able to!

Please consider writing a check or donating online, $18 towards our caring community.

Olam Chesed Yibaneh – The community we want to be part of will grow from our shared kindness!

Olam Chesed Yibaneh


BJEP (Boston-area Jewish Education Program) is not your traditional Hebrew school.

We’re an independent and unaffiliated community of families whose children meet on Sunday mornings on the Brandeis campus in Waltham, MA.  Our program for children is taught by passionate and knowledgeable university undergraduates actively participating in Jewish life.

We’re a welcoming community, embracing Greater Boston families from all backgrounds interested in learning Hebrew and exploring Jewish traditions, values and culture.

Experiential learning and Jewish arts and culture are central to the program. We offer extended day options so children can learn Modern Hebrew, Jewish dance and Jewish theater.

We also offer adult learning, family education, and an opportunity for families to join neighborhood havurot (Jewish groups).

We run High Holiday services and provide Bar and Bat Mitzvah support.

Headed by an education director, BJEP is governed by a volunteer parent board of directors. As a co-op, parents commit to taking a job to keep tuition lower at a significant cost savings to our community.

We hope you’ll join us on your Jewish journey.


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  • THE BJEP BLOG: Meet the BJEP Teachers

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  • BJEP at a Glance

    * Grades K through 7
    * Sundays only from 9:30 a.m. - noon
    * Taught by dynamic Brandeis students
    * Directed by a strong team of professionals
    * Committed to developing positive feelings about Jewish identity
    * Emphasizes Jewish traditions, values, and culture
    * Teaches Hebrew language, Torah stories, and Jewish history
    * Celebrates and teaches about Jewish holidays
    * Offers Jewish theater, music, dance, and art programs
    * Supports opportunities for adult learning
    * Provides Bar and Bat Mitzvah support
    * Runs inclusive High Holiday services
    * Welcomes families from all backgrounds
    * Builds a feeling of community with the Jewish people

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