By: Kim Sucan, Director, The Weinstein School of MJCCA
Would your ideal work day include spending hours with preschoolers? For me, the answer is a resounding yes. As the Director of MJCCA Preschools, my job is truly a labor of love. Every day I get to watch our children embark on their Jewish journeys.
Our preschools teach many life lessons, and we cultivate each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth, all while nurturing and loving them. Every Friday, each class gathers to celebrate Shabbat, lighting the candles and singing the prayers. Children’s faces light up every Simchat Torah as they are presented with their own Israeli Flag. At Rosh Hashanah, there is nothing sweeter than our preschoolers sharing apples and honey. Now, as we prepare to gather with family and friends for Passover, our children have done the same at school. It is magical to watch as our preschoolers develop a deep appreciation and pride in their Jewish identity.
Our preschool families are part of the Jewish journey, too. It’s the mission of the MJCCA to offer multiple Jewish points of entry, and we view our preschools as a vital one. There is a special energy and light from watching parents join their children at Shabbat Sing every Friday and raise their voices together in song and prayer. Families form bonds and relationships with each other that exist long after their children graduate from preschool. Families gather to celebrate Jewish holidays, go on annual campouts, and grow up together at the MJCCA as they explore and experience MJCCA day camps, youth sports leagues, Camp Barney Medintz, and so much more.
The Jewish sparks that begin in preschool help the MJCCA become a second home for the entire family. I am proud to be a part of a preschool and an agency that is always a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and diverse environment for everyone in our community. I begin every day knowing our preschool is an integral part of so many children beginning their Jewish journey and living a life of Jewish values.
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