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Early Childhood Education Resources


Happytogether Preschool

Kehilla Community Synagogue

1300 Grand Ave

Piedmont, CA 94610

(510) 547-2424 x214



Director: Monica Haddad

Featuring an emergent, play-based curriculum with a focus on emotional literacy. We also offer Jewish cultural and Spanish language enrichment.

JCC East Bay Preschool Bridge-K Program

Jewish Community Center East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

510/848-0237 x122

Fax: 510/848-0170



Director: Ruth Petersen Shorer

The JCC of the East Bay’s Early Childhood Education Program offers a unique opportunity for children, ages 2-6, to learn and grow. In an environment rich in Jewish celebration and culture, children will welcome Shabbat and other holidays with the whole school. We will be launching a Bridge-K Program in the 2010-11 school year for older four and young five year olds. Children in this small, intimate class will be encouraged to express themselves through varied media as they learn with their talented teachers. The innovative curriculum will provide many opportunities to develop the skills needed to be successful learners. The JCCEB welcomes families of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Limited spaces are still available and we are open for touring.

Tehiyah Bridge Kindergarten

6305 Barrett Avenue

El Cerrito, CA 94530

(510) 233-3013

Fax: (510) 233-0171



Director: Susan Danek

Geared for children who have completed a preschool program but may not be quite ready for kindergarten, Tehiyah Bridge Kindergarten instills a joy of learning and a strong sense of community. Through a developmental play-based model, children’s curiosity is fostered in an environment imbued with Jewish culture and values.

Preschool Resources

Beth El Nursery School

Congregation Beth El

1301 Oxford St.

Berkeley, CA 94709-1424

510.848.9428 ext. 219 / Fax 510.848.2707

Maguy McGuire maguy@bethelberkeley.org


Play-based, developmentally appropriate preschool program with Judaic traditions and rituals. Full or part day available for ages 2-5.

Beth Emek Preschool

Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court

Pleasanton, CA 94566

925.931.1055 / 925.931.1056 / Fax 925.931.1054



Director: Melinda McDonald

Developmental program for ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years. Children learn about their heritage and their world through arts and crafts, cooking, music and dramatic play.

Beth Sholom Preschool

Temple Beth Sholom

642 Dolores Ave.

San Leandro, CA 94577

510.357.7920 / Fax 510.357.1375


Preschool Director: Edna Vaknin

Enriching preschool program for ages 2-6. Children not toilet trained accepted. Shabbat and holidays celebrated. Developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool

1316 University Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94702

510.549.9447 x110 / Fax 510.549.9448


Director: Lauren Kindorf

Play-based, developmentally appropriate program rich in Jewish culture, tradition and the Hebrew language for ages 2 to Pre-K. Supported by a special group of staff and parents in a warm synagogue environment.

Developmentally appropriate play-and-learn preschool, toddler, kindergarten and enrichment programs for ages 15 months to 6 years. Full-day and part-time care available. (full-time only).

Gan Avraham Nursery School

Temple Beth Abraham

Mail to: 336 Euclid Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610

510.763.7528 / 510. 832.0936 / Fax 510.832.4930



Director: Barbara Kanter

Developmentally appropriate preschool for ages 2 to 5. Children experience the full richness and variety of Jewish life. Full or part-day available.

Gan B’nai Shalom

Congregation B’nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

925.933.7633 / Fax 925.934.9450


Director: Marla Medwin

Email: psdirector@bshalom.org

Developmental preschool program for ages 2 to 5 years. Providing children a foundation to grow educationally, socially, and spiritually. Early morning and afternoon extended care available.

Gan Chabad Preschool

Chabad of the Tri-Valley

784 Palomino Dr.

Pleasanton, CA 94566




Contact: Fruma Rosnick

Nourishing spirits, engaging minds, harnessing curiosity, and imbues a love for Judaism, God and the Torah.

Temple Isaiah


Ganeinu “Our Garden” Jewish Playgroup
Temple Isaiah is proud to offer an infant and toddler play group for kids 0-30 months. Ganeinu meets from 9:15-10:45 a.m. in the Temple Isaiah Adult Lounge and the program is free of charge and open to the public. We welcome parents, grandparents and caregivers. Enjoy music, art and activities with a focus on Jewish holidays and traditions, including special visits from Temple Isaiah’s Clergy and Gan Ilan preschool staff. Ganeinu is a great way to meet new friends, learn about Judaism with your child(ren), or strengthen what you already know while building community. For more information visit www.temple-isaiah.org/ganeinu, or contact Abby Seitelman at ganeinu@temple-isaiah.org or (925) 283-8576×306.

Temple Isaiah

Gan Ilan Preschool

945 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA 94549

925.284.8453 / Fax 925.283.8355



Director: Liz Kaufman

Developmental preschool program with an emphasis on the beauty of the Jewish tradition. Early morning and afternoon extended care available.

Gan Mah Tov

Beth Jacob Congregation

3778 Park Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94610

510.530.2146 / Fax 510.482.2374



Contact: Anna Weininger

Year-round developmental preschool program for ages 2 years to Pre-K. Full or part-day available. Emphasizing social development, emotional expression and Jewish values/traditions.

Gan Sameach Preschool & Daycare

Temple Beth Torah

42000 Paseo Padre Parkway

Fremont, CA 94539

Mail to: PO Box 6017

Fremont, CA 94538

510.651.5833 / Fax 510.656.5380



Director: Rabbi Eve Ben-ora

Developmental program for ages 2 to 6 years. Diapers okay. Experienced teachers provide extended day care.

Gan Shalom Preschool

Congregation Beth Israel

2230 Jefferson Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94703

510.848.3298 / Fax 510.843.5058



Director: Laura Lipman

Developmental program for ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years. Enriched curriculum focuses on Judaica in a play-based, home-like setting. Morning program with extended day care available.

JCC of the East Bay Preschool

JCC of the East Bay

1414 Walnut St

Berkeley, CA 94709

510.848.0237 X122/ Fax 510.848.0170



Early Childhood Education Director: Ruth Shorer

Full or part-time developmental preschool and extended care program for ages 2 to 6. A child- centered program rich in Jewish celebrations and curriculum that emerges from the children.

Temple Sinai Preschool

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609

510.451.3263 / Fax 510.465.0603



Director: Ellen Lefkowitz

For full or part-time students with extended care program. Developmental program for ages 2 to 5. Open to members or non-members.

Supplemental Religious Schools

Edah: A Community of Jewish Learning and Doing

Congregation Beth El

1301 Oxford St.

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-545-EDAH (3324)


Director: Shalom Rosenberg

Edah is a 5 day a week afterschool program based on elements of several existing educational and enrichment structures. Edah is designed as a community of Jewish learning and practice. Edah is built on the existing structures and youth development goals of afterschool programs, the experiential, free-choice structured learning environments fostered at high quality Jewish summer camps, the commitment to daily Jewish learning and Jewish chevreh which characterize Day Schools, and the value of families learning and practicing together embodied in high quality family education programs. Much like the Talmud Torah programs of earlier generations that are now few and far between, it will meet daily, offering participants the option of as many contact hours as available in day schools. For more info, contact Shalom Rosenberg at youth@netivotshalom.org or 510-549-9447 ext. 106.

Beth Chaim Congregation Religious School

1800 Holbrook Drive

Danville, CA 94506

(925) 736-7146



Religious School Principal: Rabbi Mike Rothbaum

Our Religious School offers more than just the aleph bet and history lessons, it is a place that our students feel welcome and safe, where they can freely express their insights, a place where they can experience their Judaism through music, joyful celebrations, art, lively discussions, and exploration of their own spirituality, and most of all, a place where they feel proud and happy to be Jewish. Our younger grades (2nd and under) meet weekly on Sunday mornings. Upper grades (3rd and up) combine one Hebrew midweek session with a Judaic studies Sunday session.

Bet Sefer Avraham

Temple Beth Abraham

336 Euclid Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610




A traditional, Conservative supplemental religious school providing a skills and Torah based program designed to support and mold literate Jewish children. Our warm community actively supports our educational programming. We welcome your participation.

Chabad Hebrew School

119 Briarwood Drive

Vacaville, CA 95688

(707) 592-5300



Hebrew School Director: Aidel Zaklos

At Chabad our goal is simple: We want our students (age 5-13) to view Judaism in an intelligent, relevant and upbeat light. By year’s end, along with the Aleph-Bet, Holiday learning and Hebrew literacy, your child will have developed a deep love and appreciation for their precious heritage, imbuing their every day with a sense of pride and purpose and many new Jewish friends. Register today to ensure a more Jewish tomorrow.

Congregation Beth El of Berkeley

Youth and Family Education Programs

1300 Oxford St.

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-2122, ext 213



Director of Education: Debra Sagan Massey, RJE

Congregation Beth El offers educational programming for all ages. Our midweek program (Kadima!) meets on Thursday afternoons from 4:00-6:00 pm. Children experience hands-on Judaism through music, art, Hebrew, stories and learning about the holidays. Our Shabbat morning family school invites families to learn together from 9:30-11:45. Parents and children learn in parallel formats, and then come together for projects.

Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court

Pleasanton, CA 94566

(925) 931-1055 ext.20



Education Director Judith Radousky

Lively Supplementary School program for Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Kindergarten through 7th grade. Family oriented with opportunities for both formal and informal education. Active leaning environment. Our engaging curriculum is enriched through cooking, art, music, literature, drama, games,Mitzvah projects and community celebrations.

Congregation B’nai Israel Sunday/Hebrew School

Vallejo, Ca (707) 642-6526

Ages: Pre-K to Bar/Bat Mitzvah

We are an inclusive, diverse, unaffiliated synagogue. We teach Jewish Values in a warm, nurturing setting. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi David White, is great with children. The children actually want to come!

Congregation B’nai Shalom Religious School

74 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 934-9446



Rabbi Jen Flam

A boutique religious school in Walnut Creek designed to meet your child’s individual needs while nurturing their Jewish heart, mind and soul.

Shoreshim After-School Program

Congregation Netivot Shalom

1316 University Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 549-9447, ext. 104

Fax: 510-549-9448



Director of LifeLong Learning: Rabbi Creditor

Netivot Shalom offers a wide variety of after-school programs for students in Kindergarten through 7th grade focused on learning Hebrew and meaningful Judaica skills through hands-on activities, song sessions, arts, drama and interactive Torah explorations. We are an egalitarian, traditional, participatory Conservative congregation.

Temple Beth Torah Religious & Hebrew School

42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy

Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 656-7141



Director of Education: Andrea Fleekop, RJE

Temple Beth Torah Religious School serves children in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade, and meets on Sunday mornings 9:30-12:15. Our curriculum includes the study of Torah and sacred texts, holidays and rituals, mitzvot, prayer, Jewish music, God and spirituality, Israel and world Jewry, ethics and values, lifecycle, Jewish history and identity. Our Hebrew School program serves students in third through seventh grades. Hebrew instruction is held on Tuesdays from 4-6pm and during a portion of school on Sundays.

Temple Isaiah Religious School

945 Risa Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

(925) 284-9191

Fax: (925) 283-8355



Director: Rabbi Nicki Greninger

Dynamic, creative, engaging program for Pre-K through 7th grade. Outstanding teachers, terrific Temple community. Alternative tracks include Shira (music), Omanut (art), and Yad b’Yad (K-2 family program).

Temple Israel Religious School

3183 Mecartney Road

Alameda, CA 94502

(510) 522-9355



Director of Congregational Lifelong Learning: Sameya Helen Gewirtz

At Temple Israel, we offer classes for preschool children-7th grade in a warm and welcoming environment. Our Religious School offers classes for PreK-7th grade and our Early Childhood program offers various programs to 2nd graders and younger. Every lesson and program is exciting, educational and engaging. Jewish history, text study, Hebrew, prayer study, holiday celebrations, music, art, cooking and service engagement are just a few of the things that serve as a basis for our education. Children that complete the 7th grade have a command of the Hebrew language and prayers, an understanding of Jewish history, culture and holidays and an answer to “Why is it great being Jewish?!”

Day School Resources

Contra Costa Jewish Day School

945 Risa Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

(925) 284-8288

Fax: (925) 284-8289



Head of School: Dean Goldfein

Community day school, grades K-8. Academic excellence in general and Jewish studies, including science, technology, music, drama and art. Small class sizes with credentialed, experienced teachers.

Oakland Hebrew Day School

5500 Redwood Road

Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 531-8600

Fax: (510) 531-8686



Head of School: Rabbi Ari Leubitz

Modern Orthodox K-8 day school serving families from across the Bay Area. Comprehensive general/Judaic studies program enriched with specialty classes (art, music, performing arts, physical education and computer technology). Inclusive and diverse community, afterschool club program, small classes, resource room.

Tehiyah Day School

2603 Tassajara Avenue

El Cerrito, CA 94530

(510) 233-3013

Fax: (510) 233-0171



Head of School: Deb Massey

Instills joy of learning through active inquiry, Jewish values, and diversity. Dynamic general/Judaic curriculum is enriched by the arts, athletics, technology, and afterschool program.