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New Program Allows Self-Reflection on Topics Important to ECE Programs

I am so excited to share with you about the launch of an exciting partnership between ECE-RJ and the URJ,  PEECCE– Project Excellence for Early Childhood Congregational Education. Through the PEECCE initiative your congregation will gain access to a customizable tool and a URJ-trained coach to self-reflect on a variety of topics. [Read more


Sometimes we need a break…A sabbatical may be the answer

Sometimes we just need a break – a time to reflect, refresh, renew and rejuvenate. In my role as Executive Director, I encourage congregations to consider offering a sabbatical to all senior staff, including the Director of Early Childhood Education. [Read more]


10 Ways to be Kind to Yourself During Times of Stress

During Passover, we savor time with family and friends as we gather around the Seder meal. As much as we would like to take time to enjoy the sunshine, we are usually inundated with pressing thoughts and reflections. All of which can lead to uneasiness and stress for the heart and mind. [Read more].


Bringing Passover to Life in the Classroom

Why is Passover such a popular Jewish holiday? It appeals to the senses. We listen to a fantastic story as we touch, dip, smell, taste, and look at objects that trigger emotions. Where do we begin with our youngest children? [Read more].


A Personal Story of Early Childhood and Synagogue Collaboration

When Temple Boards and early childhood directors work together to solve difficult problems, big dreams can come true.  This is one story, adapted from a d’var delivered by Tanya Swezey Stabinsky to the congregation at Temple Emanuel of Tempe in celebration of the continued collaboration between the synagogue and the early childhood program. [Read more]


Membership Dues 2019-2020

Did you know that this year marks the 20th year of ECE-RJ?  In honor of this auspicious occasion, we are launching an EXCITING promotion to help you engage your staff and your community with our ECE-RJ community!

  • NEW!  A special network just for Assistant Directors!  For only $180 for the year, you can join your Assistant Director in ECE-RJ
  • REVISED!  Join your ENTIRE faculty for only $120 for the year.  Whether you have 3 teachers or 30 teachers – this is an amazing opportunity to give your teachers the gift of ECE-RJ

Have questions?  Reach out to our VP of Membership, Lisa Samick at  



Meet Up: Staff Appreciation “Potluck” conversation
Date: Apr 30, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Meet Up: Staff Appreciation “Potluck” conversation
Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

Meet Up: Inspiring parents to become leaders
Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Meet Up: Inspiring parents to become leaders
Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

2019 RPB Retirement Planning Seminar
Starts: May 19, 2019 @ 8:00am PDT
Ends: May 21, 2019 @ 5:00pm PDT
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