By Linna Ettinger “The leaning tower of Pisa is leaning because it needs a strong foundation.” When I was a preschool teacher a few years ago, one of my four-year-old students gave me this answer in response to my question to the class to explain why the Tower of Pisa was leaning. Even a four-year-old preschool student knows the importance of having a strong and evenly balanced foundation. Today, Jewish early engagement is leaning on an … [Read more...] about Who is The Architect of Early Engagement?
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By Rabbi Danny Burkeman When you become a Rabbi at a synagogue, one of the first questions you get asked is “What should we call you?” For me it was an easy question. Rabbi Burkeman sounded like one of the old Jewish studies teachers I had at my Jewish elementary school, so I decided to be Rabbi Danny. This gave my name a sense of youth, vitality, and relatability (or at least that’s what I hoped). But recently I’ve received a new name. My … [Read more...] about Rabbi Daddy – Why I Love the Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center
As communities around the country look to leverage the early childhood years to welcome families into Jewish life, a new report - Enhancing Jewish Learning & Engagement in Preschool Life - details how the Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) Initiative in the Bay Area produced a growing, networked community of educators who have enhanced early childhood education experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since planning began in 2008, the Early … [Read more...] about New Model Documentation Details Successful Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative
By Rachel Raz and Linna Ettinger Shel Silverstein’s famous children’s book, “The Giving Tree,” depicts the relationship between a boy and an apple tree in simple line drawings. The apple tree continues to give and give to the boy until the boy is an old man, until at the end, all the apple tree can offer is its tree stump for the old man to sit upon for comfort. While many people praise the book for depicting unconditional parental love in … [Read more...] about The Giving Tree and the Giving Educator
New Research to Inform How ECE Can Serve as Gateway for Long-Term Jewish Engagement CASJE, the Consortium for Applied Research in Jewish Education, will embark on a new research program to further explore how Jewish early childhood education can serve as a gateway for greater and long-term involvement in Jewish life. The three-year research program will focus especially on better understanding opportunities around interfaith families and … [Read more...] about Welcoming More Families into Jewish Life through Early Childhood Education Programs