Tag Archives: Early Childhood Education

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“The Experiment”

“When I was only five, my family hosted two kindergarten teachers from Germany. I also remember my father practicing German and traveling to Germany several times. He was a participant in a new initiative in Israel called “The Experiment”, Building bridges with Germans and Germany after the Holocaust. But at the time, I did not understand the significance of all of this. When I was eight and again when I was… Read Article →

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Shattered Myths at the National IAC Conference

This article is dedicated to the memory of Shimon Peres, an inspirational leader whose leadership, thought and spirit continue to bring out our creative potential. The mythical walls dividing the Israeli-American community from the American Jewish community were completely shattered this past weekend as more than 2,100 conference attendees convened at the 3rd Annual Israeli-American Council National Conference in Washington DC. Israeli-American and American Jewish activists, program directors, philanthropists, educators,… Read Article →

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Sara Hartman

“I started dancing at age 3, and it was actually because I had neurological difficulties. I wasn’t able to walk till after age two (which is very late, developmentally), and my mom had to take me to doctors and neurologists. The neurologist ended up recommending a physical activity to build my coordination and motor skills. As my mom says, ‘It was either karate or ballet, and you seemed too dainty… Read Article →

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Jewish Early Engagement Forum (JEEF): A Conversation with Founder Rachel Raz, MJEd’06

Why did you create JEEF? Raz: I founded JEEF for the betterment of the future of the Jewish community in the United States. I want young Jewish families to have rich, meaningful Jewish experiences and strong and proud Jewish identities. I have seen  changes in society that are creating many challenges for our young Jewish families, and JEEF will provide an unprecedented opportunity to bring together professionals, institutions and organizations in order… Read Article →

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Alcott House & Early Jewish Education

“I have lived in Concord Massachusetts for the past 16 years. Concord—and especially Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott —has inspired me a lot as a person and as an educator. Everyone loves the house because it was home to the author of “Little Women.” But I love the house not because of Louisa, but because of the way her parents raised her and their view of education. I… Read Article →

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What’s Jewish About “Finding Nemo?”

Hebrew College’s Early Childhood Institute Annual Conference Advocates Early Connection with Jewish Families For those of us who are blissfully untouched by alzheimer’s or runaway children, Disney’s Pixar production, “Finding Nemo” is an entertaining and even funny story about a father finding his kidnapped son with the help of a friend with no short-term memory. But for those of us who have been touched by a loved one’s alzheimer’s disease, this… Read Article →

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Making Time, Not Wasting Time: Teen Philanthropy at Prozdor

Time is a scarce resource. And it’s getting scarcer as the world provides us with any number of ways to waste it. And if you think the age of technology and going to bed with your tablet gives us adults ample opportunity to be distracted, imagine how many more ways teens can spend time doing absolutely nothing at all. Case in point: Twitch. You know what Twitch is? It’s an… Read Article →

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Becoming Like Prophets

Parshat Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27 “Can one man really change the world?” the young senator from Illinois was asked in his Presidential election race. He was comparatively unknown and he had only served one term in the Senate. But he defeated nominees far more experienced and renowned in his run for the Presidency; his great oratory and ability to sense the mood of the times won hearts and minds to… Read Article →

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Hebrew College Expands Its Presence in Israel

Last night I attended a rally in support of Israel hosted by our local federation and Jewish community relations council. It was only a few weeks ago that the community gathered to mourn the death of four teenage boys — three Israelis and one Palestinian — who were brutally murdered. The rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas that have escalated since the recent murders have brought even more fear and… Read Article →

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Who is Wise? One Who Learns from All People (Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot 4:1)

The ancient city of Zippori unfolded before our eyes. It is located in the heart of Lower Galilee, Israel; midway between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. In this city Jewish scholars studied and compiled the Mishnah (Oral law) about 1800 years ago. That day we studied the text and found it relevant to our American lives of the 21st century. Our interfaith group which included early childhood educators… Read Article →