The Learning Journey in Primary School encourages children to feel positive about being Jewish and to identify and connect with Jewish life and culture.
This comprises of five main areas of identity:
Memory – the shared history of how the Jewish people became a nation.
Family – festivals and rituals of the modern Jewish Journey.
Mount Sinai – the laws, ethics, social justice and ‘Tikkun Olam’ (making the world a better place).
Israel – from the land of Israel to the State of Israel. We teach advocacy skills.
Hebrew – reading, writing and communicating in Hebrew, our shared language.
Students may travel a number of paths to take part in BJE’s Jewish Learning Journey:
The BJE Jewish Learning Journey in Primary School provides a foundational knowledge of Jewish traditions, festivals, lifecycle and history and commences with SRE (Special Religious Education) or ‘Scripture’ as it’s commonly called. BJE is the only authorised provider of Jewish SRE in Primary and High School.
The Extension program was developed to allow students to further explore their Jewish heritage, history, culture and values in an experiential and relevant manner, and supplements what students learn in SRE classes. This fee-paying program is offered before school in some centres and after school in others.
BJE’s Hebrew program has been developed to engage Australian children and allow them to build Hebrew skills as they progress through the program. A range of skills are taught, including conversation and reading skills.
This program is offered for students in upper Primary years as they approach Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Students engage in a range of activities to explore Jewish values and traditions and their relationship to them, as well as building skills in Hebrew reading which is the key to full participation in rituals such as Bar and Bat Mitzvah.