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“Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay... Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer…”

Oh my, the December Dilemma can be confusing for children and families. I can remember when my children were younger, and they questioned why we do not have lights up and a Christmas tree in our home. [Read more]


A Source of Support During Difficult Times

On October 27th,  my husband and I spent the day hiking Mt. Etna and touring a local winery set on the slopes of the volcano. That evening, after settling in for the night, we turned on the news to catch up with what was happening while we were away from the U.S. We were horrified to watch the unfolding events at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. [Read more]


The December Dilemma

We have been hearing and talking about the December Dilemma for many, many years. The very words “December Dilemma” help to perpetuate the mindset that there is in fact, a dilemma for us and in the spaces where we work. [Read more].


Chanukah, Hanukah, Hanukkah or Chanuka

There are as many ways to spell Chanukah as activities and ideas for the classroom. It is a wonderful holiday for all—parents, children and teachers. I would like to share with you some ideas and thoughts for your classrooms and families. [Read more].


4 Key Areas to Make Your Congregation Audaciously Hospitable

If you want your congregation to be strong and to thrive, audacious hospitality is not optional. Creating a safe, welcoming, and equitable space and taking proactive measures to respect your members on the margins isn’t a nicety, like installing a coffee machine in the foyer. It’s a necessity. [Read more]


Don’t miss out on the chance to create your own experience

The ability to create your own learning experience is one of the reasons why so many early childhood educators, and those with an interest in early childhood education at Jewish organizations, attend the ECE-RJ National Conference. This year’s conference schedule includes four break-out sessions, each with four or five outstanding programs to choose from. Click here to see what you can attend. To register, click here. To learn more about the Conference, click here 

Meet Up Before The Conference

Join us on a Zoom call to meet other conference participants in advance.  We will preview some of what you can expect at the event – what to bring, what to wear, etc. AND help you connect to other Early Childhood Directors, Assistant Directors, and Teachers from across the country. Our time in San Antonio together will feel short so let’s get together so we can hit the ground running!
Please sign up for one of the following times so we know to expect you!
Thursday, November 29th@ 4 pm EST
Wednesday, December 5th@ 2 pm EST
Friday, December 14th@ 10 am EST
Wednesday, January 9th@ 7 pm EST


Do You Know How Grateful We Are For YOU?

Do you know how grateful we are for YOU?  Our community is what makes us strong and what makes us special.  Who do you know that should be a part of us?  Who in your network – local or national – could benefit from the amazing work of ECE-RJ?  Give us your referrals!!  For every member who joins our organization based on your connection, we will enter your name in a raffle to win one of three exciting gift certificates! Contact our VP of membership, Lisa Samick at!  


November/December 2018

ECE-RJ Unite is proud to feature articles written by ECE-RJ members and members of our larger early childhood community. The content is designed to educate and inform members. Publication of an article does not imply endorsement of a product or position. For information on article submission, contact Amy Damast at
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