Tag Archives: Early Childhood Education

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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 →

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Day 8: “Connection”

In one of our last activities on our seminar we were asked to come up with “our word”. The activity was a mind body experience and an example of an activity for children in an immigration center in Haifa for Ethiopians. The word is supposed to stay with you and you can return to it over and over again. The word I would choose for our Boston/Haifa Early Childhood Seminar… Read Article →

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Day 7: Happy Hearts in Haifa

On our first evening in Tel Aviv on our way to dinner at Maganda Restaurant, we happened upon happy hearts painted in a plethora of colors on a wall of a neighborhood home. In my mind, this set the theme for our journey. Thirteen magical rainbow hearts brought together for laughter, learning, and adventure. All along the way our group has worked harmoniously, creatively, and cooperatively honoring one another every… Read Article →

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Day 2: Beginnings

Every person, every place, every idea has a beginning. In the field of early education, every teacher will tell you about the importance of a strong beginning. It is this base that provides the foundation for the future. And this idea of beginnings was a theme I found myself returning to over and over again today. This morning we had the opportunity to visit the museum at the Weizmann Institute…. Read Article →

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Next week in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute, Hula Valley and much more…

Shalom and welcome to “Educational Exploration of Israel.” On February 9, 2014 a group of 14 early childhood educators and STEM professionals from the Boston area will travel together to Israel. We will explore the old and the new, nature, educational settings, STEM education, innovation and much more. We will spend time with our partners in the city of Haifa, stay at their homes and visit their schools. We will… Read Article →

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Easy Ways to Celebrate Purim at Home With Young Children

Purim always takes me back to my childhood in Israel, when a sense of festivity was in the air. The weeks leading up to Purim—starting this year on Saturday, Feb. 23—entailed a big debate regarding what costume to choose. For a young child, choosing a costume was a difficult task that required lots of imagination and a sense of excitement. Ready-made costumes were not so common, and I enjoyed seeing… Read Article →