Our Program / 2020-2021

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As a result of the uncertainty of the last few months, we know that one of the issues on everyone’s minds is what to expect when the new school year starts and whether or not we will be opening in person in the Fall.

What we know for sure is that while the pandemic may have forced the pace of adoption, the option for remote learning presents a path forward for hybrid learning that will outlast these unprecedented times: on snow days we can easily transition to our remote learning model for BJEP at home, and we can continue to open ourselves to new opportunities – like we did this spring, offering a guided virtual museum tour live from Tel Aviv – that we would never have pursued otherwise.

Therefore, following the trend of other local programs like ours, our current plan for Fall 2020 is to maintain remote learning in some capacity, and to provide our Brandeis student teachers with new training in engagement on virtual learning platforms, including leveraging new remote learning tools. This will allow us the option for a hybrid remote/in-person model, as determined by the Brandeis guidelines, while ensuring we are prepared to continue programming no matter what the future brings.

There is still much that is uncertain, but what we do want to emphasize is that our Jewish community – its support through difficult times, and its capacity for filling our lives with meaning – is ongoing, and has survived more difficult trials than this. Our task is to rise to the challenge, and to continue investing in the future generations of the Jewish people, by renewing our dedication to our children’s growing Jewish identities.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns about the 2020-21 school year (director@bjep.com), and if you’re interested in joining a task force to evaluate and define procedures necessary for reopening in person, please contact our board chair Jodi Ekelchik (bjepboard@gmail.com).