The Bureau of Jewish Education Celebrates 50 Years

The Bureau of Jewish Education is proud to celebrate its 50th Golden Jubilee Year, with special milestones and anniversary programs throughout the year.

Since 1971 the BJE has touched thousands of lives, with the goal of building a Jewish future by promoting Jewish learning and enhancing Jewish literacy in our community.

From a small office in central Phoenix to the Ina Levine JCCampus in Scottsdale, the BJE continues to inspire and preserve our rich Jewish heritage. Beginning as the Jewish Education Council whose purpose was to bring Jewish high school teens together to learn and socialize at Hebrew High, the first Executive Director, Rabbi Jerry Kane, also instituted the well-known PASSAGES Series. He was followed by Aaron Scholar, who served for 31 years as executive director of the BJE, and instituted its successful Adult Learning program and many others.

The BJE is currently run by four women: Myra Shindler, Executive Director; Elaine Hirsch, Director of Adult Learning; Linda Feldman, Director of Family Education and Rabbi Aviva Funke, Principal of Hebrew High.

Over the years, the BJE has blazed a pioneering trail of many learning opportunities for adult learners and Valley families. It continues to do so through innovative programs for high school students (i.e. Hebrew High Care-A-Van), Jewish Baby University for expectant parents, and the new Center for Wise Aging for active adults. Jews of all traditions and levels of observances, as well as people of all faiths, continue to be welcomed and embark on the enduring Jewish journey.

The special yearlong series of events for the BJE@50 will commence on Sunday, September 12, 2021, with a Brunch ’n Learn program, Lox in a Box delivered to homes or picked up earlier in time for the creative and most interesting Zoom morning from 11 to 11:50 am. Learn a unique Lox Recipe for your Break-the-Fast meal along with a most informative presentation on the Jewish People’s Journey with Fish by noted educator Chaim Lauer plus a tour of a lox factory in Brooklyn. This is a special morning not to be missed.

Go to to see the monthly events.  There is something for everyone.

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