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Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 1) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 1)
Sep 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (9/3/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (9/3/2021)
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, September 3rd, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Marsha Attie with a sermon by Rabbi Stephen Pearce in the Main Sanctuary.To … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/4/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/4/2021)
Sep 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Isabella Greenberg (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Isabella Greenberg (Meyer)
Sep 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Laia Trachtenberg (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Laia Trachtenberg (Main)
Sep 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: All services will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Portia Kadlecek (Main) 1:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Service – Portia Kadlecek (Main)
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
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HHD 2021 – The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 6:00 am
HHD 2021 – The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn
Sep 5 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
HHD 2021 – Women’s Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz 8:30 am
HHD 2021 – Women’s Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz
Sep 5 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
HHD 2021 – All Gender Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz & Cantor Attie 9:30 am
HHD 2021 – All Gender Mikvah with Rabbi Mintz & Cantor Attie
Sep 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 1 (9/6/2021) 6:00 pm
HHD 2021 – Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 1 (9/6/2021)
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Erev Rosh HaShanah – Service 1 from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm! We will combine the grandeur and majesty of the Early (classic) Service, with the warmth and … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Apples & Honey: Rosh HaShanah Service (Children) 10:00 am
HHD 2021 – Apples & Honey: Rosh HaShanah Service (Children)
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Jonathan Bayer for outdoor children's services and activities from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Presidio Wall (Julius Kahn park)! Stop by for a bit or stay a while with a blanket … Continued
HHD 2021 – Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 1 (9/7/2021) 10:00 am
HHD 2021 – Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 1 (9/7/2021)
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 1 – from 10:00 am – 11:30 am! We will combine the grandeur and majesty of the Early (classic) Service, with the warmth and … Continued
HHD 2021 – Return Again: Teen Led Rosh HaShanah Service 2:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Return Again: Teen Led Rosh HaShanah Service
Sep 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens who will lead us in song, worship, poetry and prose. Led by Cantor Attie and musical accompanists. *This service will be in person for members, as well as livestreamed for … Continued
HHD 2021 – ZOOM Learning Session with Rabbi Sarah Parris 2:30 pm
HHD 2021 – ZOOM Learning Session with Rabbi Sarah Parris
Sep 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
New Year, New Me: Judaism’s Take on Renewal and New Beginnings The Mishnah teaches us that there are four new years and that Rosh Hashanah is but one of them. As we enter the 10 … Continued
HHD 2021 – Tashlich: Letting Go Together – Service & Concert 5:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Tashlich: Letting Go Together – Service & Concert
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
After a year of isolation, we can finally all come together in a safe outdoor event with our cantors and musicians in joyous song and Rosh HaShanah celebration. As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we'll … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Rosh HaShanah Second Day Service (9/8/2021) 10:00 am
HHD 2021 – Rosh HaShanah Second Day Service (9/8/2021)
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cantor Arik Luck and musicians, along with Rabbis Jonathan Singer and Ryan Bauer, will lead a full-length, eclectic traditional style Reform Rosh HaShanah service. Sermon by Rabbinic Intern, Leo Fuchs. The music will draw upon … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (9/10/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (9/10/2021)
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, September 10th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck with a sermon by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in the Main Sanctuary.To … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/11/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/11/2021)
Sep 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Nate Vachal (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Nate Vachal (Meyer)
Sep 11 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Kol Nidre Service 1 (9/15/2021) 6:00 pm
HHD 2021 – Kol Nidre Service 1 (9/15/2021)
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Kol Nidre – Service 1 from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm! We will combine the grandeur and majesty of the Early (classic) Service, with the warmth and intimacy … Continued
HHD 2021 – Kol Nidre Service 2 (9/15/2021) 8:15 pm
HHD 2021 – Kol Nidre Service 2 (9/15/2021)
Sep 15 @ 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Kol Nidre Service 2 – from 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm! We will combine the grandeur and majesty of the Early (classic) Service, with the warmth and intimacy … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Apples & Honey: Yom Kippur Service (Children) 10:00 am
HHD 2021 – Apples & Honey: Yom Kippur Service (Children)
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Jonathan Bayer for outdoor childrens' services and activities from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Presidio Wall Park (Julius Kahn park)! Stop by for a bit or stay a … Continued
HHD 2021 – Yom Kippur Day Service 1 (9/16/2021) 10:00 am
HHD 2021 – Yom Kippur Day Service 1 (9/16/2021)
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Yom Kippur Day Service 1 – from 10:00 am – 11:30 am! We will combine the grandeur and majesty of the Early (classic) Service, with the warmth and … Continued
HHD 2021 – Learning Session with Rabbi Pearce 12:00 pm
HHD 2021 – Learning Session with Rabbi Pearce
Sep 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learning Session with Taube Scholar and Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce, Ph.D THAT REMINDS ME OF A JOKEWell-placed humor has enormous impact because it reveals hidden truths, as Shakespeare wrote in King Lear: “Jesters do oft … Continued
HHD 2021 – Learning Session with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 1:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Learning Session with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Learning Session with Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence KushnerYom Kippur Day“The ONLY thing God ever says: 'Come Home’: A re-examination of some of the classical texts on the importance and meaning of Teshuva."*This virtual event will be held … Continued
HHD 2021 – Meditation and Healing in the Redwoods 1:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Meditation and Healing in the Redwoods
Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Meditation and Healing in the Redwoods Meet at the front gate of the Temple to walk to the Redwoods together.Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Rabbi Beth Singer, and our musicians as we journey together from the Temple … Continued
HHD 2021 – Translating Our Values Into Action 1:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Translating Our Values Into Action
Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Translating Our Values Into Action: A Yom Kippur Tzedek Council Program For Members Join us this Yom Kippur to renew our commitment in transforming our world from how it is to how it ought to … Continued
HHD 2021 – Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service 3:00 pm
HHD 2021 – Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A one-hour community Service led by our teens who will lead us in song, worship, poetry and prose. Led by Cantor Attie and musical accompanists. *This service will be in person for members, as well as … Continued
HHD 2021 – Meditational Azkarah Service 4:30 pm
HHD 2021 – Meditational Azkarah Service
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
We take a meditative, musical journey through the Jewish past as we seek inspiration to push open the gates of a new year of meaning.*This service will be in person, outside in the courtyard, for … Continued
HHD 2021 – YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH (9/16/2021) 5:30 pm
HHD 2021 – YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH (9/16/2021)
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us in-person for YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH on September 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer along with all Emanu-El Clergy. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz.*This service will be … Continued
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One Shabbat with Naomi Tucker of Shalom Bayit – (9/17/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat with Naomi Tucker of Shalom Bayit – (9/17/2021)
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us this Friday, September 17, at 6:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service, featuring a special guest speaker!Led by our clergy and featuring Executive Director of Shalom Bayit, Naomi … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 9/18/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 9/18/2021)
Sep 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Steven Weinstein (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Steven Weinstein (Meyer)
Sep 18 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
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Community Sukkot Celebration and Artist Talk by Shimon Attie 6:30 pm
Community Sukkot Celebration and Artist Talk by Shimon Attie
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Sukkot Celebration and Here Not Here: An Artist Talk by Shimon AttieExperience the joy of Sukkot with your community. The evening will include a presentation by the internationally renowned artist, Shimon Attie (and twin … Continued
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Sukkot Festival Service 9:30 am
Sukkot Festival Service
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the festival service in our courtyard sukkah, led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and infused with beautiful music by Cantor Luck.EMANU-EL'S COVID POLICYCongregation Emanu-El continues to strive … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 22) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 22)
Sep 22 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
Tzedek Council Sukkot Gathering and Program Launch 5:30 pm
Tzedek Council Sukkot Gathering and Program Launch
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
As we end the High Holy Days, and reflect on opportunities for repairing our world, you may ask yourself, “What's next?” Join us on Sukkot to learn about the social justice opportunities that Tzedek Council has … Continued
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Men’s Group Happy Hour Under the Sukkah 5:30 pm
Men’s Group Happy Hour Under the Sukkah
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with Senior Rabbi Jonathan and fellow congregants. This group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This Sukkot, on September … Continued
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One Shabbat – Sukkot Festival Service (9/24/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat – Sukkot Festival Service (9/24/2021)
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us in community as we move outdoors for a special Shabbat service in our courtyard sukkah. The evening will be a spiritual celebration of the holiday, with beautiful music and the shaking of the … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/25/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/25/2021)
Sep 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Sebastian Vermut (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sebastian Vermut (Main)
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
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Women of Emanu-El Sukkot Garden Tour 11:00 am
Women of Emanu-El Sukkot Garden Tour
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Help us kick off a newly re-envisioned group at Emanu-El – WOMEN OF EMANU-EL, created for women-identified members of all ages, to join together to strengthen the voice of women in our community and help … Continued
Young Adult Sukkot Hike 12:30 pm
Young Adult Sukkot Hike
Sep 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bay Area 20s & 30s are invited to join YALCers Becca and Aaron for a hike and Sukkot celebration! We'll bring the Lulav and Etrog. Just bring yourself, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of … Continued
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Yizkor Memorial Service 4:30 pm
Yizkor Memorial Service
Sep 27 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us in the courtyard for a Yizkor (Remembrance) Memorial Service, which is recited on the eighth day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret). It is said by every person who has lost a parent or other … Continued
Simchat Torah Parade and Celebration 5:30 pm
Simchat Torah Parade and Celebration
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Rejoice with us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! We will meet at the staircase at 8th Ave. and Lake St … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 29) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Sept 29)
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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Philosophies & Curriculum

philosophy-curriculum-0001We are a developmentally appropriate program influenced by Jewish values and culture that balances child and teacher initiated learning and supports developing social skills. We take our inspiration from many sources, primarily Jewish teachings and the deep experience and education of our faculty. Our play-based approach is guided by the children’s curiosity and interests, which are cultivated within a warm environment that emphasizes social and emotional development. Children learn to develop trusting relationships with peers and adults, as well as a growing sense of independence, self-awareness and self-regulation.

Our loving teachers show kindness and respect for our children and listen to their individual voices. They help children recognize their own needs and those of others, while encouraging conflict resolution and problem-solving. We share a belief and trust in children’s capabilities to grow as individuals and in groups. Our goal is for children to embrace diversity, respect others, display empathy and actively engage in the community. The faculty is well prepared to present both planned activities and to follow the children’s lead in exploring ideas and developing their capabilities.

Temple Emanu-El Preschool is unique in that our intimate indoor and outdoor spaces are integrated with a synagogue environment. We are valued and supported by Congregation Emanu-El and we draw upon its resources, including the regular participation of clergy in preschool programming. Our families also benefit from belonging to a community that is sustained well beyond the preschool years.

  • Goals
  • Philosophy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diverse Points of View on Family-Based Social Issues
  • Curriculum
  • Emergent Curriculum
  • Jewish Curriculum

Goals

philosophy-curriculum-0002We strive to provide the following for your child:

  • A quality Jewish environment where children can grow at their own rate taking into account the fact that no two children develop in the same sequence or at the same time, and that each child is unique in his/her own personality, learning style and background.
  • An environment where children can develop a positive self-image, learn to handle and manage their emotions in an appropriate way and to develop a sense of responsibility for the themselves, each other and their classroom while being given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems.
  • The opportunity to develop social skills that enable them to participate fully in the program and to be part of both large and small group interactions. Additionally, children develop skills that enable them to work through conflicts both constructively and independently.
  • The opportunity to act on their environment through a concrete, play-oriented approach to learning and to allow children to value their own ideas and questions and to discover principles about their world
  • The opportunity to explore, question, practice and pretend in order to discover the world around them.
  • A quality Jewish early childhood experience, and to build positive Jewish memories for the children in our school.

Philosophy

philosophy-curriculum-0003The Temple Emanu-El Preschool provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment in a Jewish setting. Our program promotes the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative growth of young children while responding to the needs of families.

The curriculum emphasizes an interactive process where children learn through a concrete, play-oriented approach. Children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, with other children, and with materials. The teaching faculty designs the curriculum based on their observations of the children and their reflections on those observations as well as their knowledge of child development. Activities provided are both directed and non-directed and designed to promote independence and self-esteem. We emphasize learning over time and through real life skills. In this way we create a curriculum that is meaningful and relevant to the children in our program.

The practices of kindness, listening and inclusion are demonstrated and encouraged by adults so that children learn to take responsibility for themselves, each other, their work and their classroom. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern of growth and development. Different levels of ability, development, and learning styles are expected and accepted, and used to design appropriate activities.

Our school reflects the diversity of our families and faculty and encourages all parents and guardians to build community for themselves from this rich resource. We have constituents of diverse faiths, home languages, ethnicities, sexual orientation, age, abilities, economic and work status. We strive to create a community that includes these markers of identity and various potential points of view in a setting that promotes kindness, tolerance, inquiry and support.

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Conflict Resolution

The preschool faculty supports various methods of resolving conflicts. We believe that using diverse methods will help a child to develop a variety of coping skills. The faculty works with the children to empower them to express their feelings, to state what they want and eventually to problem solve with each other independently. While we have similar overall goals for each child, we individualize our interactions to meet each child at his developmental level and help him or her learn the “next step.”

Diverse Points Of View On Family-based Social Issues

At Temple Emanu-El Preschool we embody, support and represent social values that are inclusive in regard to a wide variety of social issues in areas of religious perspective, sexual orientation and family configuration. These broad values are congruent with those of Congregation Emanu-El and the Reform Jewish movement. This approach to social values also reflects the spirit of the Bay Area community known for its inclusion of a wide variety of perspectives and life styles.

Children might initiate discussions on social topics that may lead faculty to represent, in an age appropriate fashion, the inclusive social values we support. For example a discussion of families may include the fact that some of our families, faculty and congregants live in households with two mothers or fathers, or that same sex couples can be married.

In a similar fashion our program represents an approach to educating children about Judaism that is eclectic, but also limiting in terms of the inclusion of holidays such as Christmas. When a child asks why we don’t celebrate Christmas at preschool, we let that family know so they are prepared to further that discussion with their child at home.

It is important that while we pride ourselves on being inclusive we remember that not everyone shares a common belief and that right and wrong are not absolute. Educating children is the transmission of values. We encourage dialogue and the belief that a diversity of perspectives is valuable and worthy of respect even while we, as a school, include specific points of view in our mission and practice.

Curriculum

Our preschool curriculum is designed to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of the children. Experiences are provided that meet the children’s needs and encourage learning in all areas of the children’s development: physical, emotional, social, cognitive and creative through an integrated approach. Any activity that stimulates one dimension of development and learning affects other dimensions as well.

philosophy-curriculum-0004Our curriculum emphasizes learning as an interactive process where faculty prepare the environment to enable children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials. Our learning activities and materials are concrete, real and relevant to the lives of children. The children’s learning process takes place through play. Play is child-initiated, child-directed and teacher-supported. Learning results as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with objects and interact with people.

Our curriculum provides learning experiences that take into account the fact that each child develops at his/her own rate and that children have different sequences and timing of growth. Each child is regarded as unique with his/her own personality, learning style and background. Our curriculum activities provide for a wide range of developmental interests and varied abilities.

Our teaching faculty plans curriculum based on the observations they have made of the children on a daily basis. Our faculty meets twice per week to discuss their observations, reflect upon their observations as well as good early childhood practice, and then plan an appropriate and meaningful curriculum for the children. We take an inquiry-based approach that values children’s ideas and theories, allows them to be tested over time and then documents their efforts.

Our daily curriculum is set up with a balance of varied opportunities for learning. There is time for large group active play as well as a less active, quiet, small group experience; time for both mixed age and single age experiences. Our program also provides daily outdoor play in which children can practice using their large muscles and express themselves in the outside environment freely.

Emergent Curriculum

Utilizing an emergent curriculum allows teachers a flexible approach to curriculum and plans projects based on children’s interests and teachers’ talents. This is an integrated approach that believes children learn in the context of what is relevant to their lives and interests and through exploration and play. With emergent curriculum, teachers are guiding the children to create opportunities to practice skills such as large and small motor activities, language skills, and theory building. Guided by teachers, this creates opportunities for exploration, communication and learning over time.

For example, the children saw an ant trail disappear in winter and reappear in the spring. This peaked the children’s interest. The teachers read the children some books about bugs, the children “turned into” bugs (costumes), wrote stories about bugs (writing, drawing) and built bug homes (manipulative).

Jewish Curriculum

philosophy-curriculum-0006One of the most important gifts teachers can instill in children attending a Jewish preschool is a positive feeling toward Judaism. At Temple Emanu-El Preschool, children discover the meaning of our religion through activities and discussions that reinforce the joy and the pride of being Jewish. They taste the sweet honey on Rosh Hashanah, feel the texture of the soil as they plant trees on Tu Bishvat and every Friday, they bake challah and welcome Shabbat with their teachers, friends and family.

Even if they never attend another Jewish school or synagogue, their time in our preschool should leave them with happy, warm memories of both everyday and holiday experiences shared with classmates and teachers. As they grow into adulthood they will make their own decisions about spirituality, religious practice and Israel. Our goal is to give them a wonderful, positive connection to this amazing heritage.

In addition secular holidays, like Dr. Martin Luther King Day, are included to create a complete and integrated experience.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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