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URJ Board Meeting Update

Tricia Ginis and I recently attended the URJ North American Board (NAB) meeting. We learned how the organization, next year, will focus its growth in three areas: outreach, mobilization and capacity building. [Read more


The Gender Pay Gap Also Exists Within Jewish Institutions

It is astonishing to me that “on average, women working full time in the United States are paid just 80 percent of what men in comparable positions are paid." Sadly, the gender pay gap also exists within Jewish institutions at similar rates.​ [Read more]


Developing a Framework for Early Education – Temple Beth Ami’s story

One major aspiration I had for my school was to write our own curriculum. Like many schools, we are required by governing agencies to associate with a popular, packaged curriculum. But in addition, I wanted to create a tool that would reflect our unique culture. [Read more]


Four Agreements to Keep Early Childhood Teachers Sane

As we reflect back on the past school year and think about the upcoming one, I want to share my adaptation of Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements for early childhood educators.  [Read more].


URJ  Pilot Project Designed to Help ECE Programs and Congregations Work Together

The future of congregational life begins with the children, families, and educators in the early childhood center. For this reason, eleven congregations are taking part in a pilot program to meld their missions and visions with those of their ECE programs. [Read more]


Early-bird registration opens September 3, 2019

Mark your calendar for the 2020 ECE-RJ Kallah. You are not going to want to miss it. Early-bird registration opens September 3, 2019.
Join the more than 150 teachers, directors, lay-leaders, and others with an interest in early childhood programs associated with a Jewish organization in St. Louis, MO from February 19 through February 20, 2020.
An intentional learning environment is one that fosters activity and feedback and creates a culture that encourages metacognition, that is one in which the learner becomes aware of his/her learning process. Teachers and directors can learn to create environments suited for intentional learning and develop a reflective practice. Curriculum can be used as a blueprint to organize, plan, and create meaningful activities and experiences. [Read more]


July 2019

Directors Dialogue: Professional Development Share
Date: 01 Jul 1st, 2019
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Directors Dialogue: Presentation About Social Skills Groups For Young Children
Date: 10 Jul 10th, 2019
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Click here for the full ECE-RJ calendar.


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  

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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