An Innovative Sunday School on the Brandeis Campus
Where learning happens in Community
Happening at BJEP
1. Mark your calendars. Saturday Evening February 7th, Grade 4 will lead the community in a Havdallah and dessert potluck. All are invited to Temple Beth Israel in Waltham for this joyous gathering. I know they have been working hard to prepare.
2. Grade 2 Family Program, this Sunday Feb 1st. The Taste of Shabbat and the first ever BJEP Challah-Off! 10:30 – 12 noon in Shiffman, lower level classroom.
3. Next year we will be launching a PreK Family Education Program at BJEP. Want to get involved in shaping it or helping with outreach? Email me.
4. Grade 6 Field Trip to Mayyim Hayyim……check your email for the permission slip.
5. The conversation “Talking to Your Kids About Race” has been rescheduled for Sunday February 8th at 9:45 am in the Mandel Atrium.
6. The BJEP Open House for new families is on Sunday March 29th. Want to help grow our community? Email me and I will connect you to our parent planning committee.
7. Here is a link to your class information page. By popular request, I will be sending out an email every Sunday after classes with a link to this page.
8. Adult Hebrew Class taught by Shahar Colt continues this Sunday, 9:45-11:45 (This is the correct time!) in Olin Sang 112. Bring your coffee and bagel from the parent shmooze! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and learn while your kids learn.
9. Don’t forget to follow BJEP into the world of social media. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up-to -date about BJEP events and what’s happening in the classroom.
Rabbi Ari Lev
Chesed at BJEP
This year we are building a Caring Community at BJEP.
Chesed at BJEP is a parent-led group working to create a sense of connection within the BJEP community. Chesed translated loosely means “loving-kindness” or “compassion.” As parents, we want to model kindness and compassion for our children. Part of being a community includes being connected to what is happening in each other’s lives. We hope to promote community and loving-kindness by reaching out to members of our community during times of difficulty and joy. Every BJEP family is a chesed member! Together we all can create a community that cares for one another.
If you are interested in participating in any way (big or small) please email Chesed@BJEP.com
We have much to celebrate in our community. B’nei Mitzvah, weddings, babies being born, athletes, and promotions. As a community we also experience 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 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.
We are asking Every BJEP Family to contribute $18 to support 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!
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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