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President-Elect Biden Needs Our Help • ECE-RJ’s Representative on the Reform Pension Board Share Thoughts After First Meeting • Directors Need to Change Leadership Style During COVID • Splat Went the Tomato! -- Wonder in the Early Childhood Classroom • ECE Directors to Congregations: We are struggling

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FERN KATZ, ECE-RJ PRESIDENT

President-Elect Biden Needs Our Help to Unite and Heal the Country

The news shows have been talking about being a country divided and how President-Elect Joe Biden will need to bring us together. In Biden’s speeches he has spoken about healing and uniting, of being the president for all Americans. This is not going to be an easy task.
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TRICIA GINIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ECE-RJF

ECE-RJ’s Representative on the Reform Pension Board Share Thoughts After First Meeting

For the first time ever, a member of ECE-RJ participated in a Reform Pension Board (RPB) meeting. Jill Cimafonte, Director of Early Childhood Education at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ attended the October session. Here are Jill’s thoughts after attending.
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FOR DIRECTORS

Directors Need to Change Leadership Style During COVID

As a Director, you continue to adapt and make changes to overcome the challenges COVID has created.  Yet, there may be one way you have not adapted, but you need to—your leadership style.
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FOR TEACHERS

Splat Went the Tomato! -- Wonder in the Early Childhood Classroom

In the past, many teachers were given a script to follow, by which they systematically presented and guided the class in their acquisition of knowledge.  It seems that wonder was not something that many educators strived for, much less produced.
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FOR CONGREGATIONS

ECE Directors to Congregations: We are struggling

Early childhood center directors were asked to share what they want the lay leaders and temple professional staff to know about running a preschool during a pandemic. Here is what they had to say.  
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SAVE THE DATE

Light It Up: Illuminating Our Present and Future

Light it UP!  Invite your school community to join our ECE-RJ community for a special Chanukah performance and candle lighting with Featured Guests Shira Kline, Joanie Leeds, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Cantor Billy Tiep, and YOU!.

Light it Up: Illuminating our Present and Future will be a beautiful, online family program - featuring beloved clergy, renowned Jewish artists, and featuring photos and videos of the amazing Jewish early childhood centers from across the country.  Wednesday, December 16th on Facebook at 6 PM in each time zone. 

While there is no fee for this stunning, communal moment of celebration – we hope that you will support the critical work of Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism with a donation to ECE-RJ.

Please promote widely in your community. Together we can impact the needs of Early Childhood Educators and their congregations across our nation.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

December 2020


Meet Up: A School is a Place of Messages...
Date: Dec 7, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Hanukkah Family Program: Light it Up: Illuminating our Present and Future 
Date: Dec 16, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM EST
 

Click here for the full ECE-RJ calendar.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Your Voice Matters

Our community of excellent early childhood classroom educators is growing and growing – our voices represent schools from CA to NJ, from CO to MA, from NY to IL, from MI to AZ, from CT to TX, and beyond! Staying in touch across the distance is what keeps our community strong… and leads to our spotlight on the ECE-RJ Communications Committee.
 
Behind the scenes and under the leadership of Cathy Goldberg, VP of Communications, the Communications Committee pulls together resources and allows us to share our stories in UNITE every month.  If you like to write or edit, or know people who do, please contact Cathy Goldberg about the committee.  Your contribution will allow ECE-RJ to provide support on what matters most in our field – our network needs your voice!

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 unite@ecerj.org.
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