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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (Young Adults) 6:00 pm
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (Young Adults)
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Rabbi Jason Rodich to discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Reading a book will not end racism, but the idea that learning leads to action is a foundational … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music, with Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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The Book of Life Project 4:30 pm
The Book of Life Project
Sep 3 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Short Hills, NJ, for this online study opportunity. Free. Registration required.
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 4 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (9/4/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (9/4/20)
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To follow … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/5/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 9/5/20)
Sep 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Havdalah with Jonathan Bayer (9/5/20) 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Jonathan Bayer (9/5/20)
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Jonathan Bayer on Facebook Live, click here.
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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How to be an Antiracist Book Club (With Rabbi Beth Singer) 12:30 pm
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (With Rabbi Beth Singer)
Sep 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join Rabbi Beth Singer to discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Reading a book will not end racism, but the idea that learning leads to action is a foundational … Continued
The Book of Life Project 4:30 pm
The Book of Life Project
Sep 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Short Hills, NJ, for this online study opportunity. Free. Registration required.
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (9/11/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (9/11/20)
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative … Continued
Late Shabbat Service (9/11/20) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Service (9/11/20)
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service with Rabbi Jason Rodich, Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate.
September Late Shabbat Oneg 8:30 pm
September Late Shabbat Oneg
Sep 11 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Late Shabbat ONEG is BACK – VIRTUALLY!Join us for Late Shabbat Oneg on an amazing new platform called Sidebar. Meet new people, join our themed rooms, and see old friends! This platform allows you to … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 9/12/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 9/12/20)
Sep 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Selichot Service: A Time To Embrace 8:00 pm
Selichot Service: A Time To Embrace
Sep 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Selichot is traditionally a time when we offer penitential prayers, a marker of the season for reflection and forgiveness that we have now entered, and a preview of the continued t’shuvah (repentance) that is to … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2020 5:30 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2020
Sep 13 @ 5:30 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
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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The Book of Life Project 4:30 pm
The Book of Life Project
Sep 17 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Short Hills, NJ, for this online study opportunity. Free. Registration required.
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High Holy Day 2020 Virtual Services
High Holy Day 2020 Virtual Services
Sep 18 all-day
To review a schedule of all of our High Holy Day services and programs, please visit: www.hhd.emanuelsf.org/services  
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Shofars Across The Bay 11:00 am
Shofars Across The Bay
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Listen for the Shofar “blast” to awaken us to the new year! On Erev Rosh HaShanah Day, you might hear the Shofar on your street as we send out Shofar blowers to bring that unique … Continued
Team Shofar: Elementary Children & Families (Ag 6+) 5:00 pm
Team Shofar: Elementary Children & Families (Ag 6+)
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Stream into this worship service, led in a participatory, educational style by our clergy and musicians. Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer, Rabbi Jason Rodich and Jonathan BayerJOIN THE SERVICE
Under One Dome: Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 6:00 pm
Under One Dome: Erev Rosh HaShanah Service
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer; Sermon by Rabbi Sydney MintzJOIN THE SERVICE
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Apples & Honey: Service for children families (Ages 0-6) 9:00 am
Apples & Honey: Service for children families (Ages 0-6)
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Family worship service led in a participatory, educational style by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Jonathan BayerJOIN THE SERVICE
Under One Dome: Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 10:00 am
Under One Dome: Rosh HaShanah Morning Service
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris Sermon by Rabbi Jason RodichJOIN THE SERVICE
Return Again: Teen Led Rosh HaShanah Service 2:00 pm
Return Again: Teen Led Rosh HaShanah Service
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Community service led by our teens and alumni who will inspire us in song, worship, poetry and prose Led by Cantor Marsha Attie and musical accompanistsJOIN THE SERVICE
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Second Day Service 10:00 am
Second Day Service
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Noon Main Sanctuary service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck with accompanists. This will be a full Rosh HaShanah service with riveting readings, music and song, with full Shofar … Continued
Young Adult Park Hang 1:00 pm
Young Adult Park Hang
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
We are tired of being at home and are ready to mix and mingle (safely). With restrictions being lifted, we want to invite you to enjoy an afternoon in Alamo Square Park. This will be a … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Teshuva and Tochecha with Rabbi Jason Rodich 12:00 pm
Teshuva and Tochecha with Rabbi Jason Rodich
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Teshuva and Tochecha: Returning to Myself and Inviting My Beloveds to Return. Wednesday, September 23 at 12pm As we prepare for the High Holy Days, join Rabbi Rodich to explore Jewish thought about the customs of teshuva (often translated as "return" … Continued
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The Book of Life Project 4:30 pm
The Book of Life Project
Sep 24 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Short Hills, NJ, for this online study opportunity. Free. Registration required.
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (9/25/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (9/25/20)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Sarah Parris and Cantor Arik Luck. Rabbi Kushner will deliver a sermon on the subject of "Our Town." Click here to watch on our website. Or click here to participate via Facebook … Continued
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Back to Basics: Virtual Torah Study Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Back to Basics: Virtual Torah Study Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
VIRTUAL TORAH: Back to Basics with Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence KushnerA drop-in, on-going weekly seminar. No prior Hebrew knowledge necessary. Weekly reading and discussion of a key Torah passage (about 10 verses) of easy Hebrew.10:00-11:00 am, Shabbat morningsStarts … Continued
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Team Shofar: Elementary Children & Families (Ag 6+) 5:00 pm
Team Shofar: Elementary Children & Families (Ag 6+)
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Stream in to this worship service, in a participatory, educational style by our clergy and musicians.Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Jonathan BayerJOIN THE SERVICE
Under One Dome: Kol Nidre Service 7:00 pm
Under One Dome: Kol Nidre Service
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz; Sermon by Rabbi Ryan BauerJOIN THE SERVICE
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The Best of the Best- Five Decades of Teaching and Preaching 8:45 am
The Best of the Best- Five Decades of Teaching and Preaching
Sep 28 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am
There are three kinds of stories: “’Ha ha’ stories to amuse and entertain, ‘Ah ha’ stories for discovery of ideas and education, and ‘Ahhh’ stories, where the tales are sublime and connect the teller and listener … Continued
Apples & Honey: Service for children families (Ages 0-6) 9:00 am
Apples & Honey: Service for children families (Ages 0-6)
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Family worship service led in a participatory, educational style. Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Jonathan Bayer.
Under One Dome: Yom Kippur Service 10:00 am
Under One Dome: Yom Kippur Service
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Sermon by Rabbi Beth Singer 
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Healing Service 12:30 pm
Healing Service
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
A live streamed opportunity led by Rabbi Beth Singer
The Seasons of Life: Judaism’s Take on Making Existence Holy 12:30 pm
The Seasons of Life: Judaism’s Take on Making Existence Holy
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
A Hasidic teaching by R. Shalom Noah Berzovsky, the Slonimer rebbe, from his Netivot Shalom, on how to lead a spiritual life. Led by Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. We will closely study the original Hebrew text in English (!)Event Signup
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Yom Kippur Tzedek program 1:30 pm
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Yom Kippur Tzedek program
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Since Congregation Emanu-El’s inception, we, as a community, have not turned away in the face of injustice. Rather, we have stepped into it, trying to do our part to bend our world towards justice. Racism has pervaded our nation since … Continued
Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service 2:00 pm
Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Community service led by our teens and alumni who will lead us in song, worship, poetry and prose. Led by Cantor Marsha Attie and musical accompanists
Afternoon Yom Kippur Service 3:00 pm
Afternoon Yom Kippur Service
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Community mincha service livestreamed live from the Main Sanctuary with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Cantor Arik Luck and accompanists. The service will include a riveting Jonah reading. 
Yom Kippur Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join a guided meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer as we center ourselves and reflect on this Day of Atonement. Event Signup
Yizkor, Neilah and Havdalah 6:00 pm
Yizkor, Neilah and Havdalah
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Yizkor Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich; Sermon by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris Neilah Led by all Emanu-El Clergy
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … 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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