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The Synagogue Preschool as a Gateway into Jewish Life

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Fred Greene

Series: Jewish Education News, Winter 2006, pp.45-47.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Schools)

Keywords: Part-time (supplementary) schools; Jewish Education; Jewish Outreach; Synagogues

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The synagogue-based early childhood education program can be a vital point of engagement in Jewish life for less affiliated Jewish families. In order to fully capitalize on the engagement potential of these programs, synagogues should shift their values and practices to reflect the importance of this 'gateway' to Jewish life. The author offers practical steps to reframe the position of the early childhood program in the synagogue community.