Fifth Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ
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The Bible opens with a story of creation - a process which involves imagination, action, assessment and reflection. This story sets an example for us, human beings in general and educators in particular, of the important place creation takes in the Jewish tradition and life.
In our world today, we are surrounded by new creation every day. New technologies are flooding the market, and new visual art and music are filling our lives constantly. Some creations make a larger impact than others. Do we allow ourselves, as educators, to create? Explore? Make mistakes? Improve? Grow? Partner with God?
Do we, as educators, create in our schools an environment where our children can feel safe to create, explore and follow the example set for us in the first book of the Torah?
Designed for educators working with children (infant through second grade) in Jewish preschools, day schools, supplementary schools and other educational settings, the 2014 conference will explore new and exciting ways to teach and encourage curiosity, diversity and creativity in children through art, science, biblical texts, Jewish philosophy and much more.
Artwork by Dahlia Raz