Category Archives: BJE

Transforming Education Through Technology

Join us! The Bureau of Jewish Education is partnering with the Jewish High Tech Community of Silicon Valley and featuring the voice of Jewish educator Evan Wolkenstein to explore the impact technology is having in the classroom.

DATE: Tuesday May 8th TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION: Fenwick & West, 801 California Street, Mountain View Together

BJE and JHTC assembled a panel to explore how to pair an investment in technology pedagogies, best practices and creative employment of these new technological advances, in order to really harness the potential they promise. It is imperative that investment in technology not be about the technology itself, but about enabling students to learn more dynamically and teachers to teach more creatively. How are personalization, social networks, learning analytics and other trends transforming education and learning? BJE’s Debby Jacoby will open the show, along with JHTC’s Tanya Okmyansky. Participating on the panel is Evan Wolkenstein, the Director of Experiential Education at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. The moderator is Martin Griss, Director of Carnegie Mellon of Silicon Valley. Also participating on the panel are Isaac Segal, President and CEO of Tegrity, a division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education and David Strauss, a Vice President at Kno, Inc. Click here to register, see the program and bios of the panelists. Click here to read more about Evan and his “paperless” class. JHTC and their President Tanya Okmyansky were prominently featured in the J Weekly this past week. Hope you can join us!


Resources from 10/4 Network Meeting

Tuesday Oct 4, 2011

“Setting Ourselves Up for Success: Healthy Relationships, Healthy Boundaries

With Zephira Derblich-Milea, Youth Program Coordinator, Shalom Bayit

Healthy vs Unhealthy Boundaries

Jewish Quotes, Texts, and Concepts on Equal, Respectful Relationships

Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Bottom lines activity

These materials are generously provided by Zephira Derblich-Milea, Youth Program Coordinator @ Shalom Bayit.  Click here to learn more about Shalom Bayit and click here to learn more about their Love Shouldn’t Hurt program for teens.

If you wish to use these materials in a professional setting, please contact Zephira.  Thank you!

Job Announcement: BJE’s Shalhevet is looking for a Program Director

Shalhevet (“flame” in Hebrew) is a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunity for Bay Area 11th and 12th graders, leading participants through an intimate examination of their Jewish identities and strengthening their understandings and connections to Israel, the Jewish People and their peers and mentors from the Bay Area Jewish community.  The program runs from January to May and includes a 2 week trip to Poland and Israel.  Inspired by the international March of the Living program, Shalhevet is a way for local Jewish teens to participate in a program tailored specifically to the educational and cultural environment of the Bay Area.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.

A LIFE-CHANGING JOURNEY: BJE’s Shalhevet 2011 Trip to Poland and Israel

Returning to Poland after 28 years, Ben Stern was the senior educator for 29 Bay Area High School students who applied for a five month-long study program that included two-weeks of travel in Poland and Israel.  Accompanied by his daughter, Charlene, Ben acted as senior educator to Shalhevet travelers in Poland, on an itinerary that followed much of his footsteps, as he lived through and survived the Holocaust. Following the week in Poland, they journeyed together through Israel and continued their learning through many first-time experiences for all of them.

Join us for a memorable evening with Shalhevet students, Ben and Charlene, as they share some of their personal experiences, reflections and this trip’s impact on their lives.

Sunday Evening
June 26th, 2011
At 7:00 p.m.

Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley 94702

Help JTA Create a Fantastic One-Day Event for Parents of Teens!

JTA is planning a one-day learning event for parents of teens.

In order for this to be the most helpful event possible, we are asking for YOUR input.

Fill out this brief survey and let us know your needs.

Questions?  Contact Julie Emden, 415-751-6983, ext. 125

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Shabbat Shalom!

New Opportunity: YouthFirst Program Coordinator, Marin Region, Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

Help pre-teens and teens develop the necessary life skills to move into young adulthood smoothly, successfully, and responsibly. The Marin YouthFirst Program Coordinator will bring established JFCS programs to Marin County which help youth develop practical on-the-job skills and enhance their understanding of the steps needed to achieve career goals, and which inspire and provide opportunities for teens to put Jewish values into action and to develop a lifelong commitment to volunteering. This is a part-time position with benefits. We are looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in human services, two years of related experience preferred, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of Jewish traditions, holidays and customs, and demonstrated ability to relate to teens and parents.

Please see job description at

Email resume and cover letter to