Meet Ups are conference calls hosted by ECE-RJ Members with designated topics. Each free session is one hour in length. Calls will include rich discussions about the topic at hand.
ECE-RJ is looking for your suggestions of topics or presenters that would be of interest for future Meet Up Conference Calls. Please email Shelly Sender at or provide your suggestion in this online survey.
Social Media Promotions
Host: Jennie Rubin
Jennie Rubin, First VP, Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, provides an insightful and engaging overview of the power of social media as a marketing tool.
The insightful PowerPoint presentation "Goodbye Paper Ads! Marketing in Social Media" introduces the benefits and advantages of the four basic social media platforms.
Click HERE for the PowerPoint Presentation.
Host: Dr. Carly Goldberg
Dr. Carly Goldberg is the associate director of Audacious Hospitality for the Union for Reform Judaism. Prior to her work at the URJ, Dr. Goldberg maintained a private psychotherapy practice specializing in women’s mental health and trauma. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Goldberg has served in a multitude of capacities as a clinician, educator, researcher, and speaker in the field of social work, engaging with some of society’s most underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Goldberg’s current professional areas of interest explore how we deepen empathy and cultivate compassion among misunderstood and marginalized populations to effect institutional and social change both in the Jewish community and beyond. Dr. Goldberg holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the greater Philadelphia area with her husband and son.
Please read the following documents for more information about Audacious Hospitality:
Click HERE for an audio recording of the Nov. 2016 Meet Up call.
Host: Cathy Rolland
Cathy Rolland is the Union for Reform Judaism’s Director of Families with Young Children (FwYC). As part of the Strengthening Congregations team, she oversees all of the URJ’s efforts around Early Childhood Education and Engaging Families with Young Children. Cathy is a founding member and the first president of ECE-RJ. Cathy was the director of Mountain Top School for Young Children at Temple Har Shalom in Warren, New Jersey, for 11 years before joining the URJ.
Cathy is a recent graduate of HUC-JIR, where she received her MA in Jewish Education. She holds a graduate certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Education from Gratz College, and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cathy and her husband reside in New Jersey, spending as much time as possible visiting their three sons who run their own businesses in Arizona and Colorado. In her spare time Cathy loves to hike, bike and cook for friends and family.
Talking About Our Unmentionables
Host: Susie Wexler
Host Susie Wexler is the Director of the Early Childhood Program at the Chava Center. She brings a background in social work, Jewish community work and early childhood education to BJBE. She is a lifelong learner who brings a passion for research and Jewish exploration to young children, and families and staff. A consummate educator, she has presented locally and nationally on best practices in early childhood education. Susie is committed to engaging young families with support and nurturance through developmentally appropriate Jewish education experiences.
Unmentionables are topics that are sensitive in nature. So…an example could be…”I am not getting along with a board member….”
Innovative Israel and STEAM Program for Jewish Preschools
Join us as Jessica Yaira Gordon explains an innovative opportunity for Jewish preschools to explore STEAM careers and Israel.
Do your students like to tinker, build, and explore? Looking for a new, innovative way to teach about Israel?
This webinar will introduce a new program for Jewish preschools, called Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers (DISC). DISC is a hands-on, play-based program that teaches preschoolers about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) careers in Israel, like an engineer in Tel Aviv or a marine biologist in Eilat. DISC provides teachers with resources and tools to bring STEAM into their classrooms and share the new and exciting innovations happening in Israel. With over 30 schools across the U.S. already implementing the program, we are excited to share this new opportunity with ECE-RJ schools.
About the Creators:
Allison Bischoff and Jessica Yaira Gordon are passionate educators who are committed to bringing affordable and innovative programs and tools to Jewish preschools. We currently live in St. Louis and are excited to work with schools across the country!
LGBTQI: Terms and Concerns
Host: Rabbi Sarah Meytin
Join host Rabbi Sarah Meytin for a discussion of LGBTQI and what it means for early childhood educators.
Sarah is an ordained rabbi with an MSW. She has significant program development and oversight, community engagement, and nonprofit administration experience. She has 10-plus years of education and teaching experience, including formal classroom education, workshop/ seminars, and educational program facilitation for children and adults of all ages. Sarah has been in early childhood education since 2009, has completed the "90-hour course" in Early Childhood Education, and earned a National Director’s Credential from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She is also an alumna of the Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Institute (JECELI), Cohort 3. Rabbi Meytin is currently the Director of Early Childhood Education at B’nai Shalom of Olney, in Olney, MD. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her wife, Rachel, and their two children, Coby and Ruthie.
Exploring Torah Text with Young Children
Learn some innovative approaches to offering young children the actual Torah text, not a story about the text, and engaging in a process that lets each child figure out their own interpretation of the text, through play, projects, and more.
Rebecca Milder is a rabbi and veteran Jewish educator with a Masters degree in educational administration. Her extensive leadership experience spans across formal and informal Jewish education throughout the religious spectrum. Rabbi Rebecca’s professional work has focused on innovative approaches to Jewish learning and community-building. She has revitalized religious schools, reimagined family education programs, and created new educational tracks at camp. In addition, she worked for four years at a central agency for Jewish education, building collaboration among Jewish day schools. She is honored to be building this Jewish Enrichment Center with the children and families of Hyde Park, and our outstanding professional team.