Resources – Updated 2020

Looking to learn more about Judaism, Holidays, Parenting, Tikkun Olam/Social Justice or BJEP’s partnerships.  You’ve come to the right place. These resources are here to support you and your family on your Jewish journey:

Community Resources  find up-to-date resources on the Jewish community in the Boston metro area, event news and ways to stay connected.

Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP):  CJP’s mission is to inspire and mobilize the diverse Boston Jewish community to engage in building communities of learning and action that strengthen Jewish life and improve the world.  BJEP is grateful to partner with CJP, and be part of the Boston area Jewish community.  Learn more about CJP here, their Conversations for Action and listening tour, and their community-wide support during the Coronavirus.

Beantown Jewish GardensBJEP’s partner on the farm on Sukkot, and a resource on being responsible stewards of the earth and hosts of the Jewish Sustainable Food Fest.

Arts & Culture

Brandeis and the ArtsSince the University’s founding, the arts have played an important role in our commitment to global citizenship and social change.  Brandeis is one of New England’s premier arts centers, featuring live music and theater year-round, one of the nation’s foremost collections of modern art at the Rose Art Museum, our annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, as well as degree programs in the creative arts.

Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts)explore the rich, diverse, and creative world of Jewish arts and culture—past, present, and future— with programming spanning the traditional to the innovative.  Find JLive series of virtual cultural experiences.

Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot – BJEP students visited this Tel Aviv museum for a tour one virtual Sunday during Spring 2020.  Learn more about their exhibits and online learning tools that connect Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity.

Volunteer Opportunities:

JF&CS Family Table volunteer program and more:  During the year, BJEP families volunteer at Family Table through the Jewish Family & Children’s Services in Waltham, and help pack and deliver groceries to area seniors and families in need. Find more information here of how to register with this program, and up-to-date information on added safety measures during 2020.  Find details about this program and other volunteer opportunities here:

Brandeis Teacher Resources / Education Programs for your High School Students

Brandeis Pre-College Programs and Summer courses:  opportunities for our Madrichim (grades 10-12) can be found on the Brandeis University campus each summer, with a remote program planned in 2020.  Brandeis offers scholarships too.  Apply to a variety of programs which include topics such as Service Leadership, Social Justice, Global Health and Queer Academics/Activism :

Brandeis Jewish Studies programs for Brandeis TeachersLearn more about learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, innovative research programs, programs to pursue careers in Jewish professional leadership, and more.

Jewish Learning

BimBam/watch something Jewish:  BimBam uses digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.

18Doors – area organization that empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them.

Hebrew College Blog:  BJEP partners with Hebrew College to offer Parenting Through a Jewish Lens classes for BJEP parents on campus on Sunday mornings.  This blog offers insightful posts on music, prayer, cooking and more.

Jewish Learning: Holidays, Food/Recipe Ideas, Life Cycle Events, Prayer and More

Keshet Learn more about how Keshet envisions a world in which all LGBTQ Jews and our families can live with full equality, justice, and dignity, and how they strengthen Jewish communities and organizations.

Adoption and Jewish Identity, community reference from the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA).

On Swimming Lessons/Jewish Parental Obligations to their Children:  by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari (former BJEP Director):

On Parenting Racially Conscious Children, reference further information from Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari (former BJEP Director): Blog, Books and Resources

Other Resources:

Henry Bear’s Park is a toy store serving communities in the greater Boston area for over 40 years.  They specialize in products that encourage kids of all ages to “unplug and play” and in doing so learn more about themselves and the world around them.  BJEP appreciates the opportunity to partner with Henry Bear’s Park each December to wrap gifts at their local stores and support BJEP’s programs.