ECE-RJ is a network of dedicated, supportive and passionate professionals who understand the unique challenges and rewards of working in Jewish early childhood education.
As a member, you will get to enjoy many benefits including:
Each month members receive UNITE, an easy and quick-to-read newsletter that provides practical information. Each edition contains three articles, each one written for a specific audience: teachers, directors, and supporters of ECE programs. It also contains information on member opportunities and events.
Reform Pension Board
Being able to plan for your future is extremely important! Early Childhood Directors, Assistant Directors AND teachers (beginning July 1, 2020) are eligible to participate in the Reform Pension Board (RPB) if they are FULL DUES PAYING MEMBERS of ECE-RJ and work in a URJ affiliated institution. Teachers must work a minimum of 25 hours a week AND have been employed by a URJ Congregation for a minimum of 1 year. When completing your application please be sure to indicate ECE-RJ as your primary affiliation. The RPB provides a variety of programs and services, including a 403(b) pension plan, Rabbi trust plan, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and pension continuance protection. For participation information, contact RPB at 212.681.1818 x228 or visit www.rpb.org for enrollment. ECE-RJ is an organization of early childhood professionals who are passionate about Reform Jewish early childhood education. We are a national organization that includes directors, teachers, and leaders involved in early engagement. Our members welcome families into our synagogues and are often an entry point for congregational membership. Visit the Reform Pension Board for more information. Please visit the RPB Knowledge Center for the latest performance information and outlooks for the coming year.
Private Director/Assistant Director and Teacher Forums
ECE-RJ offers a private forum for Directors/Assistant Directors and a separate private forum for Teachers. The Forums provide members an opportunity to network with other professionals as they ask questions, share knowledge, gather information and resources, and support one another. All Director/Assistant Director and Teacher members of ECE-RJ are automatically enrolled in their respective forum based on membership status, and can immediately begin conversations with colleagues throughout North America.
Meet Up Calls
Monthly Meet Ups are conference calls hosted by ECE-RJ with designated topics of interest to our members and led by experts in the field of early childhood education. Each session is one hour in length. Calls include rich discussions about the topic at hand. All you have to do is dial in!
ECE-RJ plans and hosts an annual learning opportunity for educators. Opportunities for meaningful professional networking, mentoring and personal growth are complemented by trips to local venues along with many opportunities for fun and free time, all of which are built into the learning experience.
Database of Resource
A growing searchable database of articles on a wide range of topics is available to members. Information from ways to strengthen the relationship between a congregation and its early childhood program to tips on incorporating nature into the early childhood classroom is easily accessible.
Held in odd-numbered years in designated cities with multiple URJ synogogue-based early childhood centers, conferences provide opportunities for local and North American educators of all affiliations to come together to study and collaborate. Held in even-numbered years, a Kallah is a more intimate learning experience hosted in an exciting venue. Attendees explore the Kallah theme on a deep and meaningful level in this supportive setting. Guest speakers facilitate additional exploration of the Kallah theme as well as opportunities for meaningful application.
Private Teacher Facebook Group
All teacher members of ECE-RJ are invited to join our private Facebook page, just for teacher conversations. This is a platform where teachers can share ideas, pose and answer questions, share successes and challenges, post interesting articles or curriculum ideas and engage with colleagues throughout the country.
ECE-RJ Facebook Page
All members of ECE-RJ are invited to visit and ‘like’ the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism Facebook page. This is a platform where we share current information, articles, and information related to early childhood engagement.
Reduced ARJE Membership Rate
Early Childhood Directors who are full dues-paying members of ECE-RJ and whose primary job responsibility is early childhood and family engagement may join ARJE (formerly NATE) at a reduced rate. Visit www.natenet.org for more membership information.
Postings of National Job Opportunities
As a service to our members and their supporting congregations, ECE-RJ is proud to share job openings in Early Childhood Centers supported by a Reform Congregation. Postings and pertinent information related to the position are made available via our email Discussion List as well as in ECE-RJ’s job board.
National Referrals for Relocating Staff and Families
ECE-RJ helps your staff and families who are relocating. It is a tremendous benefit to have highly-qualified staff members as well as engaged families within our network of programs. Through ECE-RJ, you can help your staff members who are moving find a new position and you can assist families find exceptional early childhood programs in their new city or town. Relocation announcements are made via email.
Members also have access to The Tent, a URJ communications tool.