BJEP Blog

Lauren’s Desk: DIY Family Tree

Shared in the spirit of Father’s Day, Pride Month and getting to spend extra time with our families this summer, 2nd Grade teacher Lauren shares a DIY Family Tree Project!   I’d like to share one of our favorite at-home activities from BJEP’s first and second grade classroom: the etz mishpacha (family tree).  The etz mishpacha […]

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Be an Upstander, Let the World Hear Your Voice

Lindsay Biebelberg, BJEP Interim Program Director, reflects on the Jewish values of questioning, speaking up, and standing up for yourself and others, and how BJEP shares these tenets in our classrooms. On February 28, BJEP had the pleasure of welcoming Billy Planer as a guest educator for our BJEP@Home Sunday program. Billy is the founder […]

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy

From Rabbi’s Myra’s desk:  These words were originally said by President Teddy Roosevelt, but the lesson embedded within it is much much older.  In the age of social media, it’s hard not to get into the game of comparisons. We see other people’s public personas flashed across our screens at lightning speed and our judgements […]

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What does Jewish community do for me?

While in rabbinical school, a mentor of mine said “if you want to understand what someone values, look at where they’re spending their money – there is no greater values statement than someone’s bank statement.” For better or worse, this pandemic has forced many of us to reassess our financial commitments, often playing our values against […]

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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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