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Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Gan Shelanu Preschool and Camp Mishpacha Summer Program
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-215-3917
Gan Director: Janice Schachtman
Childcare Director: Renee Schwach

  • Infant Program (Beit Tinokot): Gan Shelanu’s Infant Program provides a warm, affectionate, stimulating, safe and fun setting where babies’ social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs are met. The low staff ratio allows staff to interact with each baby, providing a wonderful experience for the child and peace of mind for the parent. Adath membership is not required. Full- and part-time programs are offered.
  • Preschool Program: Gan Shelanu Preschool is a licensed early childhood program for children aged six weeks through prekindergarten. The Gan provides a rich variety of learning experiences intended to stimulate the cognitive and social development of the child within a Jewish context. Two-, three- and five-day school options are available with optional morning and afternoon childcare. The program focuses on socialization, self-esteem and communication, as well as an introduction of early reading skills. Educational field trips and tzedaka projects are part of the Gan’s curriculum. A special science curriculum introduces children to the world around them. Adath membership is not required.
  • Camp Mishpacha: Camp Mishpacha is Gan Shelanu’s summertime camp for children 16 months and older. Camp Mishpacha is filled with weeks of outdoor games, waterplay, nature activities, gardening projects and more, with an emphasis on hands-on messy fun in the sun. Camp Mishpacha is led by a trained and caring adult teaching staff along with fun-loving and energetic teen counselors. Adath membership is not required.
  • Gan Katan Parent-Child Program: Gan Katan is a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for parents and children (ages birth to 2 years) to share experiences. Each week a different child development, Jewish family living or parenting topic is presented and discussed. Morning and evening classes are available. Adath membership is not required.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Bet Shalom Yeladim
13613 Orchard Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-933-3238
Preschool Director: Amber Brumbaugh

Now enrolling children ages six weeks to five years. Offering two to five days a week, full-time and part-time program options. Early morning and afternoon care available.


Beth El Synagogue — Early Childhood Jewish Family Education (ECJFE)
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Director: Karen Burton
Facilitators: Ali Berdass and Dori Gelfman

Safe, supportive and nurturing parent education classes — similar to ECFE but with the added benefit of a Jewish lens. You and your baby will meet other Jewish families as you engage in meaningful group discussions; experience developmentally appropriate activities; discuss child development and relevant parenting topics; discover ways to strengthen your home as your child’s first learning environment; learn exciting ways to integrate Judaism into your family; and much more. Join us for Babies and Bagels and take part in the Aleph Preschool’s musical Shabbat from 9:30 to 11:00 am on the first Friday of each month. Parents and children (up to 24 months) are invited. Free.


Beth El Synagogue — Shirley R. Abelson Aleph Preschool
Director: Karen Burton

Art, music and Hebrew enhance a traditional curriculum rich with Jewish customs. Afternoon enrichment classes will challenge your child’s curious nature. Choose from two-, three- or five-day programs for children 16 months to 5 years. Early morning and extended care is available.


Beth Jacob Congregation — Iyunim
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Rabbi: Morris Allen
Assistant Rabbi: Tamar Grimm
Congregational Educator: D. Marcos Vital

Iyunim: Jewish Explorations @ BJC is our Shabbat morning educational program for children age 3 through third grade. Iyunim is inspired by the Reggio method of education. In Iyunim, we focus on our communal Jewish values while activating your children’s own curiosity. Your preschool children will play, sing and learn together through stories, activities, games and conversation. They learn Hebrew, songs, prayer and fundamental community skills, such as sharing and listening, activated by Jewish concepts, stories and language. Children younger than age 3 play together in the nursery and join with their families and children in pre-K for Minyan Katan, our warm and welcoming family tefilla every Shabbat at 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday afternoons, and one Sunday a month, families and children in Iyunim come together in a non-Shabbat setting to continue our learning and community building through art, song, writing and crafts.


Lubavitch Early Childhood Center
1778-80 Ford Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-690-3387
Director: Rabbi Shlomo Bendet
Principal: Mrs. Dina Feller

NAEYC nationally accredited Jewish daycare center and preschool for toddlers through five years old (pre-K). Also provides daycare for school-aged children before and after school, and on days when school is out.


Sabes JCC — Early Childhood Center
Barry Family Campus
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Fax: 952-381-3401 or:
ECC Co-Directors: Erin Striker and Liz Affias

Early childhood programming at the Sabes JCC seeks to foster within our children a positive self-concept, a joy for learning, and the ability to work and play well with others. Using the “learning through play” approach, children and parents have the opportunity to learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them. We prepare for Jewish holidays through activities in the language arts, music, art and cooking. We are an inclusive JCC where every child, regardless of race, religion or special needs, is welcome.


St. Paul JCC — Early Childhood Center
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Childcare Services Director: Lisa Rosenfield

The St. Paul JCC provides early childcare for infants, toddlers and preschool. (Childcare is also offered through sixth grade.) With one of the lowest child-to-staff ratios in the Twin Cities (8:1), our exceptional teachers and staff provide an educational and nurturing environment with ample physical activities for your children. All programs are fully licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Temple of Aaron Religious School
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Cantor/Educator: Joshua Fineblum

We run a Saturday morning program for parents and toddlers that explores music, prayers and other areas of Judaism. It is an age-appropriate setting for parents to meet each other and for the young children to begin their Jewish path in a fun, informal setting led by trained teachers. This program is open to members and nonmembers. Our pre-K to first graders meet on Saturday mornings to learn about holidays and Jewish culture through art, music and experiencing Shabbat with the community. We are in the third year of My Baby and Me, an ECFE-style class that runs twice a month for parents and children from birth through 18 months. This program is being held Shabbat mornings at Temple of Aaron and is held in collaboration with PJ Library of St. Paul. For information, contact Administrative Assistant Susie Haim.


Temple Israel — Early Childhood Center
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Fax: 612-377-6630
Early Childhood Center Director: Liv Anderson

The Temple Israel Early Childhood Center provides a warm, nurturing environment for children 16 months through pre-kindergarten. Our curriculum weaves Jewish concepts with early childhood content based on the Minnesota Early Standards for Learning using Creative Curriculum. Our teachers are inspired by Reggio Emilia classrooms and aim to make each classroom like a home. At the ECC, teachers facilitate hands-on experiences that enhance social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. As children investigate a variety of interest areas in their classes, they explore math, science, music, art and more. Through songs, stories and activities, children learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions. We offer two-, three- and five-day programs, early and afternoon care, and wonderful enrichment classes such as yoga and geography.


Temple Israel Judaic Experiential Whole-person Learning (JEWL)
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Administrative Director of Education: Darcy Schnitzer, 612-374-0319 or:
JEWL Director: Jeri Saad, 612-374-0309 or:
7/8 Grade Director: Rabbi Jennifer Hartman, 612-374-0315 or:

Our new K – 8 grade “gem” – JEWL, stands for Judaic Experiential Whole-person Learning. This model utilizes several research-based methodologies, philosophies, and practices, all of which cultivate the optimal environment for truly engaged learning. With a strong focus on relational Judaism (making positive memories, creating friendships and gaining a sense of belonging), whole-person learning  (addressing the physical, social, emotional, ethical and spiritual aspects of learner’s lives), experiential education (encouraging exploration, playfulness and discovery), and project-based learning (working towards a meaningful outcome), JEWL fosters a sense of love and passion for Jewish learning and growth.

Via our new Hebrew curriculum HTM (Hebrew Through Movement); in which our students learn Hebrew in an organic way using their bodies and the world around us as our learning spaces, along with Hebrew enhancements and our all-new Judaics curriculum, our learners gain a powerful sense of ownership of their learning. Options such as creative writing, cooking, yoga or cartooning, the transformative 6th Grade Kallot at Camp TEKO, and 8th Grade Leadership Tracks round out this exciting new program in education at Temple Israel!

7th Grade: Students meet on during the week to study for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and also explore what it means to become a Jewish adult.  Students learn from a Palestinian working for peace, a high school student who has created a non-profit and others helping to fix our world. In addition, they learn about charitable giving through project based learning where they will form their own foundation.

8th Grade: Eighth grade students choose between the leadership track and/or the social justice track.  In the leadership track students assist in religious school classrooms while also meeting together to developing their skills and exploring their role as leaders in the classroom and beyond.  Students in the social action track volunteer throughout the Twin Cities and connect their volunteer experiences to Jewish values and teachings.


Torah Tots Nursery School
The Guita (Roberts) Borenstein Center for Early Childhood Education at Torah Academy
2800 Joppa Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Fax: 952-922-7844
Dean: Rabbi Pinchus Idstein
Licensing Supervisor: Mrs. Joan Fishman
Executive Director: Rabbi Yehoshua Borenstein
President: Mr. Dovid Schulman

Torah Tots is a licensed, early childhood program in a safe, warm, and nurturing Jewish environment. The program for 16-month-olds through three-year-olds meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with after care available. The four-year-old pre-kindergarten class meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with after care available. Call 952-285-8607 to arrange a personal tour.

(Updated 02/09.17)

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