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BJEP INC

aka Boston-Area Jewish Education Program   |   Waltham, MA   |  http://bjep.org

Mission

BJEP strives to connect youth to their Jewish identity with an inclusive program and curriculum delivered by inspiring leadership and passionate teachers who provide experiential programming for students and families, and cultivate a sense of belonging and community.

Ruling year info

1975

Community Director

Rabbi Myra Meskin

Main address

PO Box 541014

Waltham, MA 02454 USA

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EIN

04-2531886

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As our organization enters a new decade, BJEP is midway through our 2018-2023 Strategic plan to design a path forward to reach new networks and raise awareness of this program. A key objective from this plan is to launch a marketing and outreach campaign focused on BJEP’s innovative program, and one that will result in an increase in student enrollment and ensure the program’s sustainability.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grades K-7

At BJEP, Brandeis University students are our classroom teachers. Together, we build your child’s knowledge of Jewish culture, history, traditions and Hebrew. BJEPs students in our younger grades focus on exploring the world through stories, songs, and art, holiday celebrations and traditions, and Torah (Bible) stories. Our older students dive into history and Israel and values and wrestle with life’s important questions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Jewish people
Parents
Students
Teachers

BJEP provides a personalized family experience for children’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah by connecting families with skilled tutors and service leaders to create either an individual or a group service that will be fulfilling and meaningful.

Population(s) Served

Many BJEP graduates return as madrichim – Teen Classroom Aides (8th through 12th graders). Madrichim assist the teachers during classes and electives. They are an integral part of the classroom community, leading small group work, working with individual students and supporting classroom teachers, as well as earning a stipend for the year.

Population(s) Served

At BJEP, parents can learn, too. We offer family education programs, as well as an award-winning six-session parenting class where everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of your background. During this time together, we will explore relevant topics through the eyes of Jewish texts and traditions and share ideas about how to raise children in our complex modern world.

Population(s) Served

BJEP introduces 3, 4 or 5-year-olds to the joy of Jewish learning, in our once a month hands-on classes. Through movement, song and art, we impart children a joyful association with Jewish traditions and seed a positive Jewish identity.

Population(s) Served

Though the pandemic is ongoing, 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@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.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Capacity Building grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are first and foremost a community looking for a welcoming and inclusive program that builds a Jewish identity for our kids. Our families seek a positive experience with substantive content and culture that reflects our Jewish values, morals and social responsibility. Our families value a program where learning takes place in community, and one that provides the tools needed to help guide our kids and support each other when needed, while recognizing that we are part of a larger Jewish community in the Boston-area and around the globe.

One of our primary objectives is to partner with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and JewishBoston.com, as well as our Board Fellows from the Brandeis Heller MBA Program on Social Impact to help strengthen our marketing campaign for the 2021-2022 school year.

1. Engaged, Loyal Community
Our BJEP community includes teachers, students and their families, staff, and alumni. We strive to maintain the
intimacy and strong sense of belonging and community. We are proud of our diverse community and its culture.
Every constituency holds the students’ experience as a first priority.
2. Inspiring Jewish Education Program
Our program involves opportunities for classroom learning, electives, Tefillah, adult education, and a variety of meaningful activities for our multi-generational community. We constantly seek ways to expand and improve this.
3. Expanded Impact / Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaboration
By reaching more people and creating a bigger impact with our offerings, we will grow and strengthen the BJEP
brand and enhance recruitment and fundraising. Cost synergies can be achieved by creating critical mass,
especially for administration and operations expenses. We will define, prioritize, and implement a series of
initiatives to partner with other organizations to leverage our program, extend our reach and capabilities, and
reduce our costs.
4. Financial Strength
Our financial strength allows us to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and operational costs, and provides us
the flexibility to increase faculty salaries, support lower tuition increases, and offer more financial aid, which will
increase the economic diversity of our student population. Having access to the Brandeis campus is a big benefit
to BJEP. We must nurture our relationship with Brandeis to maintain and grow a sustainable program moving
forward.

As defined within BJEP’s Strategic plan (2018-2023), we are working with our new leader Rabbi Myra Meskin, appointed in 2020, and with our collaborative partners in the Boston-area community to meet objectives as defined within the Strategic plan.

Recent accomplishments include:
- hiring a new Director
- implementing a remote learning platform during the 2020 pandemic
- conducting an all-community external-facilitator led program evaluation
- collaborating with area partners to expand program offerings
and more to come!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BJEP INC

Board of directors
as of 01/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jodi Ekelchik

Jodi Ekelchik

Karen Winkler

Alyson Schenker

Louis Zipes

Rachel Garber

Dana Ravech

Faye Hollander

Andrew Kaplan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable