Temple Israel’s Kehillah School promotes the development of young children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age in a nurturing and stimulating play-based program that encourages creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, spiritual growth, and a joy of learning. Age-appropriate activities challenge each child to develop his/her social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual potential. Teachers here are emotionally responsive to the children in their care, as the building and strengthening of healthy relationships is a priority of ours. The ever-changing, emergent curriculum provides children with opportunities to delve into questions as they arise, teaching them the merits of intellectual curiosity. In fully exploring topics of relevance to them, learning through imaginative play, and expressing themselves through a variety of media, children emerge from this program with strong foundations of independence and self-esteem that are critical to their ongoing personal and academic development.
With small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios, individualized attention can be given to every child and family in our program. We understand that each child progresses at his or her own pace in all aspects of learning and extend support and encouragement each step of the way.
The Kehillah School is being led by Laurie Thomas who joined the teaching staff of Temple Israel’s early childhood program in 1999 and remained with us through the transformation to our full-time Kehillah School program. Ordained as a chaplain in 2015 and then as a minister in 2016, Laurie pursues the study of Torah with our Senior Rabbi, adding deep spirituality to our values-based program. Twenty-four years ago, Laurie immigrated here from the “Nature Island” of Dominica in the Caribbean. In her words, “I first came in contact with Temple Israel in 1995. It was there and then that I cultivated my love for Judaism, which at this point is in every fiber of my being. It was there and then that I also experienced the power and love of the spirit of the community.” Her warmth, compassion, soulful perspective, and professionalism provide inspired leadership for our school.
Kehillah families are invited to participate as members of Temple Israel’s congregation. Please check with our director, Anita Aronoff, to learn the details of our Temple Membership Benefit.