BJEP Blog

Learn, Innovate, Move Forward/June 2020

Rabbi Myra Meskin shares some words with BJEP Families, BJEP Alum and the entire Jewish Community as she joins us as BJEP’s Community Director and Spiritual Leader in BJEP’s 54th year. I want to acknowledge that the events of the last few months have been a difficult time for all of us, and each of […]

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Checking in on our Community

While BJEP’s Board continues discussions these past few weeks on a variety of important topics, our first priority is to check on the well-being of our BJEP community in these unprecedented times. Debbie Friedman, z”l, a Jewish singer/songwriter who was a leader in composing contemporary Jewish songs, wrote a beautiful prayer for healing. We share […]

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Is God in the Rock?

The summer after I enrolled in Cantorial School, I thought that it would be a good idea to get some experience working at a summer camp, so I called the camp of my own childhood, Camp Tel Noar, in Hampstead, NH, and asked if there were any openings for an educator or songleader. I was […]

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Why are We Here?

Remarks by Alex Friedman, BJEP 7th Grade Teacher: What better way to understand why a Jewish education, in general, and BJEP Jewish Sunday School, in particular, is important, than through the words of one of our classroom teachers? In a world with incidents of anti-Semitism and violence, it is difficult to make sense of what […]

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Reflections on Mayyim Hayyim

Written by Aly Schenker, BJEP Parent   “Where are we going?” “What is it?” “Why?” My two boys, ages seven and ten, were pelting me with questions – none of which I could answer. It was one of those mom moments that felt frustrating. “It’s this place in Newton that has these special baths and it […]

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Giving Thanks and Incorporating Themes of Justice

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I want to offer two observations. The first is that there are Jewish connections to the holiday. There is historical evidence that, prior to coming to the New World, the Pilgrims lived among Sephardic Jews in Holland for a brief time. During that period, they would have experienced Sukkot […]

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Thank You for Your Service

What does it mean to serve? The definition of “serve” is varied. For example, as an intransitive verb (not having a direct object and, yes, I had to look that up), it has seven different meanings, including: as a servant or in the military to be of use to be worthy of reliance or trust to […]

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Hineni: “I am ready” and “I am prepared

As you might expect, the start of school and High Holiday preparations are always daunting for a Jewish professional and no prayer brings that point home more than the Hineni (הִנֵנִי), which reflects on the ability to pray with humility and sincerity, while fearing that one is unworthy of the task. Hineni ִmeans much more […]

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