Nature Inspires Teachers at Jewish Early Childhood Educators Conference (February 6, 2015)

About the Event
The outdoors came inside during the Jewish Early Childhood Educators Conference at Maurice A. Halperin Torah Tots Early Childhood Center at Chabad of Boca Raton. More than 200 teachers from all seven South Palm Beach County (Boca Raton/Delray Beach) Jewish preschools* participated in this unique and creative event. Each educator attended two programs that used nature in both science education and spiritual development, while creatively helping children understand the importance of our planet’s natural resources.

Presenter Deborah Schein, Ed.D., offered a PowerPoint and hands-on program on “Nature, Spiritual Development and Judaism – A Powerful Trio,” In which participants made “nattles,” rattles filled with elements of nature. The second presentation, with Lorraine Arcus, discussed “The Rainbow Connection – Integrating Scientific Concepts into the Judaic Curriculum,” and featured more hands-on projects: making apple jelly and etrog jam, and crafting wind chimes made from natural Florida elements like seashells and pinecones.

This event was sponsored by the Council of Early Childhood Directors of South Palm Beach County; the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Department of Jewish Education’s School Educational Services; and the Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Program in Jewish Education of the University of Miami For more information about the Federation’s School Education Services, contact Marilyn Nachman at 561.852.3218 or marilynn@bocafed.org.

*Early Childhood Centers participating in the conference:
Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center
B'nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center
Chabad of Boca Raton Maurice A. Halperin Torah Tots Early Childhood Center
Congregation B’nai Israel Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education
Hillel Day School of Boca Raton
Temple Beth El Maimonides Institute for Jewish Learning
Torah Academy of Boca Raton