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Report from the 2019 Annual Plenary Meeting

Report from the 2019 Annual Plenary Meeting
11 Feb 2019 by Lori Kowit

Dear Friends,

 I want to share with you a portion of my President’s report from the 2019 Annual Plenary Meeting at the San Antonio Conference.

“Many of us know the impact that this amazing organization has on our personal and professional lives. Fifteen years ago, I was working as the part time assistant director of an independent Jewish ECE.  The school was struggling, enrollment was declining, and we were renting space - we knew we needed to make a change.  My sister-in-law was president of the parent council and sat on the board of The Temple-Tifereth Israel. She began to work closely with Rabbi Richard Block, the Executive Director, the board and the Director of Educator, Debbie Neiderman on an acquisition of Ganon Gil.

The Temple called upon the help and support of the URJ (which was brilliant), and Nancy Bossov, Director, Early Childhood Education came to Cleveland to work with the school and the Temple on this new venture. Nancy suggested, or shall I say insisted, that I become a member of ECE-RJ. A few years later, I attended my first conference in San Diego, CA.

OMG, what??? Travel to CA by myself and attend a conference not knowing anyone besides Nancy. I was terrified!  Fast forward many years, I stand here today as the President of this amazing organization, and I look out at all of you, and Nancy and Debbie are here, wow what an amazing feeling this is!”

I am honored to serve as the President of ECE-RJ. I have personally grown as a leader, and I have been able to meet so many amazing colleagues and visit many cities nationally and internationally, including Israel. Thank you to those who have guided me and those who I have met along my journey.


With pride and love… L’Shalom,