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Happening at BJEP 

This week there will be two parent offerings, both rescheduled from February 8th.
1. Cozy up for a Morning at the Movies. 10 am in Shiffman 119. Screening “For my Father.”
2. Adult Hebrew class meets this week, 9:45 am in Olin Sang 112.
3. The BJEP Open House is Sunday March 29th from 10-11:30. Bring a friend or 5 to help grow our community! We are looking for parents to send out a short blurb to their school and neighborhood list serves. Let me know if you are willing to help spread the word. There is a $50 referral discount for families that recruit a new family that enrolls!
4. Lastly, I have begun reading With Heart in Mind, the book I have mentioned in weeks past. I would like to put together a virtual book group for parents who would like to read and discuss it with me. Send me an email and I will include you in those weekly emails. It is not too late to pick up a copy and join!
Welcome to the BJEP Purim Preview

Purim is the upside-down, totally fun, silliest, all is good day of the Jewish year! While it falls on Wednesday night March 4th, we will be celebrating it together on Sunday March 8th. Traditionally there are 4 Mitzvahs associated with Purim. In the spirit of generosity, there are 3 Great ways to get ready for Purim at BJEP!!

  1. Yad Chessed works with 80 synagogues, colleges and day schools across Massachusetts to collect AND give away matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor) to more than 500 Jewish families in need. Since we will not be together on Purim day, Please use this linkto donate by Thursday March 5th!


  1. Every year we collect donations for The Family Table. This year they are looking for Matzah, and matzah ball soup mixes, along with any kind of pasta. We are asking every kid to bring in a box of pasta on March 8thto be used as graggers and then we will donate the pasta boxes along with the other items we collect to The Family Table!
  1. 5th Annual BJEP Rafflemania!

When?  Sunday, March 8th

Where?  In Golding Lobby at the Purim Carnival

Why?  To raise money for program enrichment

What can you win?  Back by popular demand, we will be raffling off baskets filled with Gift Cards!

What can you do to help?  You should have received an email last week with all of the details. We are asking each BJEP student to contribute a gift card of ANY denomination to ANYWHERE. The success of Rafflemania (and the number of baskets that we can raffle off) depends upon the participation of BJEP families, so please send in a gift card with your child THIS Sunday, March 1st, when BJEP resumes.

Tickets for Rafflemania will be on sale before and at the Purim Carnival. Watch for tickets that come home with your child from BJEP and check your email for tickets that can be downloaded, printed, and sent in to BJEP with your child.

Questions? Contact Michele Lerner at mlerner@bjep.com

Rabbi Ari Lev


Chesed at BJEP

This year we are building a Caring Community at BJEP.

Chesed Group

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


Chesed Fund

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!


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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    • 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
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    • Provides Bar and Bat Mitzvah support
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