Jewish Life

The inquisitive nature of Judaism, which invites the curious to explore, discover, and debate, provides the ideal learning environment. Holidays and heritage encourage shared experiences that foster community. Brawerman is often credited for “making mensches” and much of this is derived from the ethical standards established in the Torah.

Living our Jewish Identity

Our Hebrew Program

Rabbi Elisa Ben-Naim

Message from Rabbi Elissa Ben-Naim

Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Brawerman Elementary School is a link in a chain of excellence established and upheld by Wilshire Boulevard Temple. We are a school of the highest academic standards, and in this environment we nurture the next generation of American Jews. We are lovers of Torah, and embrace and pursue meaningful spiritual experiences as we explore our role as Partners with God. As such, Brawerman Elementary School is a caring, supportive school that encourages Jewish learning through meaningful experiences and observance.

We are strongly rooted in the Reform movement’s philosophy of informed choice; that is, a Jew’s right to choose among the many facets of Jewish customs and ritual in order to bring meaning to life. As a result, our students and faculty represent a wide range of religious observance. We are in the truest sense a pluralistic environment, one which is open to learning about and supporting the practice of all in our school community.

It is my honor and great blessing to have this community call me Rabbi.

Judaic Studies

Brawerman's integrated Judaic Studies program nurtures the mind, soul, and heart of each student. Our conviction is Jewish identity in all its forms, supports the Jewish future. Our school community embraces diversity of Jewish thought and practice. Each student brings to the discussion a particular experience of Jewish life enjoyed in his or her own family, and participates in ongoing tikkun olam activities.

An invigorating facet of our Jewish holiday curriculum is parent participation in school-wide holiday celebrations, which enhances their own connection to Judaism and our community. On the path to developing Jewish identity to last a lifetime, students explore the rich and varied tradition of Judaism through text and history, ritual and spirituality, arts, culture, language, and expression. Students are taught Judaism's moral and ethical roots to prepare them for living lives informed by our rich tradition. Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, is a central component of the Judaic curriculum.