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Jewish Education and Engagement Project (J.E.E.P)

The Jewish Education and Engagement Project (J.E.E.P) of the UJF is composed of members from synagogues, day and Hebrew schools, the JCC, and other organizations. Some of the J.E.E.P's programs and resources include:

Adult Education Classes These  classes are offer in partnership with other organizations, institutions and agencies. They offer a high quality Jewish education through a variety of mini-courses, workshops and seminars (evening and daytime) from September through June. The classes, taught by the best faculty in Fairfield County and beyond. Classes are intellectually stimulating and pluralistic in nature. Adult learners are invited to explore issues and topics from Israel Now, Jewish philosophy, history and ethics, to Bible Study, Jewish History, Prayer and more.  This year, we are pleased to present Tanach B'shana 2.0 and iEngage  two world renowned course.

To register for classes, click here.

Community Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Irving Greenberg - March 18th - 20th.  Join the community for a variety of lectures and workshops.

The annual Yom HaShoah Ceremony is planned and implemented by the J.E.E.P's professional and Yom HaShoah committe. This year's program will be held on April 7th at Temple Beth El. The theme is Lessons of the Holocaust: Humanity for the Future. Our featured speaker with Justice Thomas Buergenthal. For more information please Elise Passy if you would like to be invovled at

Texts That Tie: A Community Discussion, the goal of the program is to have members of the program is to have members of the community meet and engage with one anthother, through the study of Jewish texts in small groups about what it means to be a community and how we can promote unity. The program will be held Sunday, July, 29th from 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm at the JCC. The program is part of the YU Summer Kollel that is sponsored by YU and Young Israel of Stamford. 

Kulanu, founded by the Dr Ilana De Laney and the Commission for Jewish Education in 2003, is a  program for teens that finds innovative ways to connect youth with Israel the land and the people, with Jewish tradition and culture.  Learn more about Kulanu by visiting the official website at

Kuriansky Teen Tzedakah Corp - Modeled on the Behrend Institute, it is designed to prepare its graduates for leadership roles within the organizations which nominate them and for community wide positions of leadership. The Kuriansky Teen Tzedakah Corp provides an innovative leadership development program for inspired, motivated, Jewish teens who want to make a difference in the local and international Jewish community. Just like the Behrend institute, the class  is representative of the community at large.  Through interactive monthly workshops and experiences, the teens to see the diversity and the beauty of the Stamford community.  Being a participant in the Kuriansky Teen Tzedakah Corp prepares  Jewish adolescents to express their voice in leadership roles and active service for a lifetime of engaged citizenship. This experience helps teens to grow as young leaders, be an inspiration in people’s lives, and strengthen the Jewish community by developing and fostering relationships between themselves and Jewish organizations locally and internationally. This program is funded by Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation.

The PJ Library is an opportunity to engage your child in Jewish stories and music. Sponsored by Edward Spilka and Linda Spilka and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. To learn more about our local PJ program, contact Danielle Alexander at To visit the National PJ Library Program, click here.

Special Education Tutor visits area schools and works with students who have learning disabilities on a one-on-one basis. The tutor helps students with their particular challenges and the helps them reintegrate into the classroom.  For more information please contact Elise at

The Mimi and Saul Cohen Teacher’s Resource Center (TLC) provides educational opportunities for educators in the community. Its library and resources includes books, curricula, educational tools and lesson plans and more. The Resource Center offers mentoring and curricular advisement as needed.  

Childhood Education: Bi-Cultural Day School   * Carmel Academy   * Chabad Gan Yeladim Nursery School * Kulanu* Jewish High Shcool of Connecticut *JCC Sara Walker Nursery School  * Shorashim Early Childhood Center

The BJE is a proud partner with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life's Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. This award honors outstanding teachers in our community.


Community Scholar in Residence - March 18th - 20th

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

Tu B'Shevat 2013

Photos by Aviva Maller

Click  to see Program Guide.



Kulanu Teens

Kulanu, ("All Together") is a fun and unique Jewish education program for grades 8-12. This year we've added dinner with your synagogue clergy at 6pm, with regular classes running from 7pm-9pm. In addition, you can attend on Sunday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Registration is now open. Learn more about Kulanu by visiting the official website at
launch multimedia show

Who is make J.E.E.P. run?

Ricky Arbron - BJE Chair 
Al Treidel – Jewish Educators’ Council Chair
Shoshana Dweck - President, UJF

COMMITTEE: Ricky Arbron, Allen Barr, Stephne Behrend, Rabbi Elly Krimsky. Dina Berger, Norman and , Marsha Colten, Michael Feldstein, Flossy Fischel,  Saiid Rastigar, David Kweskin, Carol Lilienthal, Mort Lowenthal , Rabbi Levi Mendelow, Edith Samers, Eva Weller

Professional Staff
Elise Passy - Associate Vice President Education, Engagment and Partnerships

Danielle Alexander - J.E.E.P Program Director


Rebekah Raz - Assistant Director of Campaign and Engagement 

Teen Learning Opportunities

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Professional Development

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Adult Learning Opportunities

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