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“Illuminating” New Methods of Early Childhood Education
Hundreds Gather in Philadelphia to “Recharge” Jewish Education Model

January 2, 2006 – “Electrifying” and “Jewish Early Childhood Education” are not words you often hear in the same sentence. But from January 11-14, the amount of energy that will be invigorating the teachers of our youngest students and their families will be nothing short of shocking.

More than 250 educators, teachers, lay leaders and volunteers will gather for a four-day program to “Ignite, Illuminate, and Recharge” their vision during “Electrifying Jewish Early Childhood Education,” the 7th Annual Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) Conference in Philadelphia, P.A. It is fitting that Philadelphia will host such an “electrical” group on Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday.

“Our profession has grown and blossomed with great dignity,” said Nancy Bossov, RJE director of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning of the Union for Reform Judaism. “Each and every day we serve as ambassadors for high quality early childhood education. Our schools and communities vary greatly but our missions, priorities, and objectives are similar. This conference is rich with opportunities to learn, share, and exchange ideas on pursuing excellence in the field.”

Dr. Daniel Gottleib, renowned psychologist, family therapist and radio talk show host will serve as the conference keynote speaker.

The opening program will be a tribute to Rabbi Dr. Jan Katzew, director of the Lifelong Jewish Learning Department at the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Katzew is credited for his pioneering work in establishing the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education as an equal partner in the education world of the Reform Movement.

The “Rabbi Jan Katzew Scholar Endowment Fund” has been established to provide attendees an outstanding speaker/teacher for lifelong learning each year at the ECE-RJ conference.

ECE-RJ strives to provide vision, leadership, programmatic support, and resources to ECE-RJ programs, and establish an effective partnership between the ECE-RJ, temple clergy and temple leadership. For more information on ECE-RJ please visit their website.

The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.



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