In This Edition: 2021 conference brings light and warmth • FREE membership if looking for ECE Director • Building leadership capacity • Problems with a co-worker? • An early childhood inventory opportunity • Tales of Glitter and Glue • Register for the 2021 ECE-RJ conference.


This Years Conference Brings Light and Warmth

As the fog clears, and the sun begins to shine in, what comes into view is an exciting opportunity for all of us: ECE-RJ’s virtual conference, Olam Chesed Yibaneh, Healing Our World with Light and Love. This wonderful event will help us emerge from the past year in light and love. It brings together early childhood educators from around the world. [Read more]


Free Membership for Congregations Looking for a New ECE Director

I'm sure that you know that membership in ECE-RJ is made available for ECE Directors, Assistant Directors, and Teachers! However, did you know URJ Congregations looking for a new Early Childhood Education Director receive free membership? That is right, free. [Read more]


Building Leadership Capacity in Educators

Not only does investing in collaborative long-term learning of teachers improve the educational experience for children and families, but it is also creates a pipeline of future leaders. [Read more]


Problem with a Co-Worker? Stop, Look, and Listen 

Some of us spend more awake time with our co-workers than we do with our families, so treating one another well provides a much happier and calmer existence. This requires communicating our upsets to ensure things are better in the future, but doing so in a collegial, respectful manner. [Read more]


An Early Childhood Inventory of Opportunity: A Rabbis Take

My moments of interaction these past 11 months with our littles has [for the most part] been relegated to screens, infused with technical glitches and the like. Yet, I believe there is so much more to offer at this critical time - moments in which clergy can and should be working to partner with our Early Childhood Directors and educators to both strengthen and uphold one of the major lifeforces of synagogue life. ­[Read More]


Tales of Glitter and Glue

Here was the comment at lunch today, as the class and I talked about animals (they had a zoo Zoom class) with the penguins, ecosystems, and trash in the ocean.

“alligators are scary when they escape from their eternal prison.” 

I asked, “where is that?

His comment, “the zoo!”
This month's Tales of Glitter and Glue was submitted by Dale Sides Cooperman, M.A., Ed. Spec., Director of Early Childhood Education Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center Albuquerque, NM.


Registration is OPEN: ECE-RJ Virtual Conference April 14-17 2021


Join us April 14-17, 2021 to connect with experts in the field of early childhood education from around the world as we co-construct new learning experiences, celebrate innovation in the face of unique challenges, and work towards healing our communities and our world.

We will be exploring early childhood education methods that are unique to specific regions/locations around the world including Israel, Japan, Australia, Iceland, and more. We will learn mindfulness and healing practices for early childhood educators, enjoy virtual social experiences for attendees to connect with one another, and experience Shabbat worship with Nefesh Mountain, Torah/text study, Shabbat afternoon options, and a closing session with Shira Kline including Havdallah and reflection.


Nefesh Mountain

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg

Shira Kline
AKA “ShirLaLa”

Idan Chabasov

Challah Prince

Keno Miura
Head Priest and Mindfulness Teacher, Miura Dairyuji Temple, Oga Peninsula, Akita, Japan
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Upcoming Events

ECE-RJ’s First Book Club – The World to Come (Dara Horn)
Date: Apr 10 2021
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

ECE-RJ 2021 Virtual Conference:-Olam Chesed Yibaneh: Healing Our World with Light and Love
Starts: Apr 14 2021 @ 7:00am EDT
Ends: Apr 17 2021 @ 9:00am EDT

Click here for the full ECE-RJ calendar.


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Every one of our members has a story to tell… and oh, how the stories have changed this year! 

ECE-RJ will be hosting two Membership MeetUps (one weekday meeting and one weekend meeting) to provide the space to Tell Your Story and to hear the stories of our colleagues across North America. 

Come to listen, come to share, come to laugh. Come to get and give support as we reach the one-year anniversary of COVID’s arrival in our personal and professional lives.  More information, including dates and times, will follow.  Keep an eye on the ECE-RJ event calendar for registration information for this and other gatherings of our wonderful network.
Amy Damast, Ph.D.
Director, Early Childhood Education & Family Engagement
Temple Sinai
Summit, NJ 

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