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Beth Jacob Congregation (Oakland, CA)
We're thinking of enrolling our kids in the 2-year-old class at Gan Mah Tov preschool next fall, and are also thinking of joining Beth Jacob. Any other families with young (under 4) kids out there who can tell me what the synagogue is like? Friendly? People active and involved? Easy to meet other moms and dads? Thanks!
Gan Mah Tov Preschool is a warm, nurturing place where your child will learn about his or her Jewish identity, be loved, and be prepared to kindergarten Brian Kaye brkaye
Beth Jacob is a welcoming, growing and diverse Modern Orthodox congregation in Glenview, and we provide a range of spiritual, social and educational opportunities from that perspective. Our synagogue has members from all walks of Jewish life and levels of observance -- and we believe that's what makes us special! Our diversity is reflected in our membership, but also in our programming. Our adult education program provides us with everything from intense text study to classes deconstructing the Jewish themes in popular films. We cover toddlers and teens -- and all ages in between -- with family Shabbat services, youth programming and learning and socializing opportunities for kids in high school. Beth Jacob is really a phenomenal place to be, and we feel truly blessed to be a part of this community.
The same can be said for our preschool. Gan Mah Tov offers three classrooms (2 y/o; 3 y/o and Pre-K) with a focus on encouraging children to love and appreciate their Jewishness and helping them become socially ready for kindergarten. We have a fantastic and caring staff, including three native Hebrew speakers, and a wonderful director with many years of early childhood experience. Just like Beth Jacob, Gan Mah Tov's families and teachers also come from all walks of Jewish life.
We celebrate all Jewish holidays (the two-year olds held their very own tashlich ''service'' this year!) and Shabbat each week. Our three-year-old has been preparing his dvar Torah on Noah and the ark all week .. it is really heart-warming to watch him learn and love at the same time. Gan Mah Tov is a really special place.
If you would like to tour Gan Mah Tov, or would like more information on our eligibility requirements, please call our director, Cheryl Schwarz, at 510-530-2146. You can also drop me an e-mail if you have any other questions or would like to get in touch with someone at Beth Jacob about joining our synagogue.
I hope this was helpful! Ginna
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