About BJE

BJE’s educational and social programs offer an engaging and inspiring Jewish Journey into Jewish life, language, history and culture allowing your children to learn, connect and belong.
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The BJE Jewish Journey is anchored in (i) developing Jewish friendship networks; (ii) preparing for the rite of passage to Jewish adulthood (Bar/Bat Mitzvah ready); (iii) preparing for and participating in the BJE Israel Program; (iv) fostering leadership skills based on Jewish values and (v) meaningful community service involvement.


BJE’s vision is that all Jewish children who attend non-Jewish Day Schools have a clear sense of belonging and purpose, to reach their full potential and have a positive impact on the world around them.

We believe that children can best grow and achieve their own potential when they are confident in who they are and where they belong.
We believe in a child’s right to experience and engage with their heritage and culture.
We believe that key inflection points in a Jewish child’s life such as the transition from childhood to adulthood and the first connection with Israel are extremely important.
We believe in inclusivity. We help children understand who they are, regardless of their Jewish heritage, and we encourage children to embrace their identity and accept diversity.

Our purpose

To inspire Jewish children and families outside the Jewish Day School system through education and the fostering of Jewish friendship networks to encourage and empower them to learn about their heritage and actively participate in the Jewish community.


President: Ms Tahlia Gordon

Vice-President: Mr Athol Chiert

Treasurer: Mr Tom Levi

Board Members: Dr Avril Alba, Mr David Balkin AM



Hilit Man MEd, BA Educational Organisation & Management and Hebrew Literature, Dip Teach., Dip. Software Engineering, Post Grad. Diploma E-learning, Professional Development Certificate in Teaching Community Languages

head of education:

Jackie Blum BEd

business manager:

Lianne Cohen CA, H Dip Tax

Parent Engagement, Israel Program and Alumni Manager:

Hazel Freed Dip Ed, Post Grad Dip Ed

Relieving SOR Coordinator:

Robyn Bloom BA, DipEd, Grad Dip TESOL

Social Program Coordinator (Primary School):

Shterna Althaus Dip Couns, Dip Teach

Education Coordinator:

Paula Leibowitz

Youth Engagement Coordinator:

David Ehrlich

Youth Engagement Officers:

Tali Barel

Tim Schey

Curriculum Developers:

Danit Ilsar Dip Ed (Special Education), Professional Development Certificate (Communicative Language Teaching), MEd

Ettie-Chana Smith Cert. Jewish Studies

Amy Goldman Kaplan BEd

Administrative Assistant:

Julie Rusinek


Irina Rakov

Database Officer:

Hanit Gershberg

Website Coordinator:

Karen Smith BA, LLB, Dip Lang St (Hons), Dip Arts, Dip Ed