JRS Makes Its Miami Debut

Posted on 09/06/2019 @ 01:00 PM

The Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) Initiative has officially started with the beginning of this new school year.    A JRS is a teacher or staff member of an Early Childhood Education (ECE) program who works additional hours a week in two areas: 

·   deepening the Jewish engagement of families

·     deepening the Jewish learning in the EE

For the first time, the five ECEs who are part of this 3-year pilot program generously funded by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, are able to create a focused approach to welcoming and engaging families with young children into their schools and their communities.

They are also able to enrich their ECE faculties’ professional development with learning that emphasizes the principles of engagement while strengthening teachers’ own understanding of and connection with Judaism and its myriad of expressions.

The participating schools are Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Temple Beth Sholom and Temple Judea, each of which took part in a 2-day retreat in August that framed the first year’s work. 

In addition, each JRS has met with their colleagues during faculty orientations to share their goals for this first year and was introduced to ECE parents at their back-to-school programs where they were able to give a taste to parents of their journeys yet to unfold.  

Joy Schandler, CAJE’s JRS Director, is so gratified to witness and feel the excitement that is already evident in our 5 participating ECE programs. Our young children and their parents are the beneficiaries of this community effort that escorts and guides families on their way to discovering how they can be active and involved partners in our vibrant South Florida Jewish community.  

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