Bureau of Jewish Education
A department of the UJA-Federation, the Bureau of Jewish Education is charged with assisting and facilitating the Jewish educational efforts of out community.In cooperation with Synagogues, Day Schools, the JCC and other Jewish organizations, the BJE strives to enhance the reach and resources of the community’s educators, and expand programming available to the entire community.
Some of the recent activities of the BJE include:
The Lunch and Learn Series,
an adult Jewish education program co-sponsored with the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. This lecture runs from January through April, features Dr. Ellen Umansky, is often filled to capacity with over 80 attendees.
The Jewish Preschool Directors Council,
convenes directors from both Fairfield and New Haven Counties on a monthly basis, to have open discussions, collaborate and share ideas in order to improve or to enhance their existing programs. These meetings, and their fruits, are designed to benefit both educators and the hundreds of pre-school children they teach every day.
Annual Jewish Early Childhood Educators Conference
has completed it’s 11th year, and is one of the products of the Preschool Directors Council. At the last Conference, over 100 pre-school teachers/educators from New Haven to Westchester registered to attend. The Conference rotates among the synagogue and the JCC, and features a keynote speaker and presenter on the topic of Jewish Early Childhood Education.
The Religious School Directors Council,
convenes directors from the Eastern Fairfield area synagogues on a monthly basis, to have open discussions, collaborate and share ideas in order to improve or to enhance their existing programs. These meetings, and their fruits, are designed to benefit both educators and the hundreds of Hebrew school children they teach every week. This group is planning to create a skill development seminars for Hebrew school teachers, in order to enhance the effectiveness and reach of their educational efforts.
is an informal adult Education series, sponsored by the Frank Jacoby Foundation, featuring Jewish authors speaking to the community about their work and experiences.
workshops which involve crafts, singing, traditional holiday food preparation, and dancing, led by local Jewish educator or Rabbi. Approximately 90 minutes long, the focus of these child-friendly programs are to help families prepare for and enjoy the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover.
sends a beautiful Jewish book or music CD each month, to enjoy with your pre-schooler at bedtime (when they are in PJs), or anytime you feel like it! Through a special partnership between the UJA-Federation of Eastern Fairfield County and special funds donated by David and Edie Chaifetz, The PJ Library program is being offered to children in our community, for 12 months, at no cost. (If you wish to re-new your PJ Library account after the first 12 months, it will only cost you $18 per child to continue receiving monthly, age-specific materials for the next year.)
To learn more about the activities of the BJE, call (203) 372-6567 x175.