“.וַיִּטַּע יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים גַּן־בְּעֵדֶן מִקֶּדֶם וַיָּשֶׂם שָׁם אֶת־הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר יָצָר”
“And the Lord our God planted a garden eastward [mikedem, or forward] in Eden.” (Bereshit 2:8)
The word “Kadima” comes from the Hebrew root word with the letters kuf, dalet, and mem, which come together to mean “in front” or, in accordance with BJ’s values, “moving forward.”
Using the root of the word “Kadima,” even at the very beginning of our journey as a Jewish people, God has already planted the idea that we must look ahead. We continue to uphold this sacred forward momentum at BJ.
Kadima@BJ is BJ’s Hebrew school for Kindergarten through 7th grade. As a division of the Family Life and Learning Department, Kadima focuses on community and builds Jewish identity, ensuring that our children feel ownership and excitement over who they are as Jews. Through our program, students engage, connect, and become active participants in our community.
For Kindergarten through 6th grade, Kadima is open to students who attend public or private secular schools. Our 7th-grade program, Haverim, integrates both secular and Jewish day-school students to explore topics that affect all teenagers, regardless of background, and prepares students for their B-Mitzvah and beyond.
For questions about Kadima@BJ, please contact Rachel Barnehama, assistant director of Family Life and Learning.