Family Center (Preschool)


Rodef Shalom Preschool offers classes for children 18 months through 5 years from September to early June. Here, children's play is their work. Young children's learning is a process where activities stimulate all areas of development simultaneously. Learning by doing- recognizing a beginning, middle and end to activities, discovering the connections between action and effect, symbol and substance – is fundamental to our philosophy.

"The classrooms are bright and cheerful and really celebrate the children. Over the last few years, my kids have always been
well cared for by every single teacher they have encountered....more than I ever imagined." 

— A Preschool Parent

Our teachers, led by one of the city’s most respected child development specialists, work closely with families to appreciate and support each child’s unique approach to learning. Staff provides a nurturing environment that encourages peer interaction and helps children to feel safe and comfortable away from home. Everyone’s welcome. Come join our family!

The preschool takes advantage of its synagogue setting through interaction with the rabbis, and full use of our site including the library, worship spaces, and gardens. While we acknowledge and respect the diversity of our children, the Rodef Shalom preschool emphasizes the Jewish values of family, community, and caring. Music, holiday celebrations, and learning simple blessings help children gain pride in the richness of the Jewish heritage and culture.

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Family Center

Rodef Shalom's Family Center provides programs tailored to the needs of children under 6 years old and their families. In addition to hosting our preschool, the Center is the site for a variety of programs designed to enrich, entertain, and educate the youngest members of our community.

Summer Day Camp takes place for seven weeks in June and July. Children aged 18 months to 5 years may participate on a week-to-week basis, allowing families to fit day camp into their summer schedules.

Family Friday is an informal way to welcome Shabbat with music, prayer, and stories. The evening starts at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month in Freehof Hall with candle lighting, kiddush, and motzi. Dinner, with potluck salads and sides (entree provided), follows and the evening is rounded out with a brief, age-appropriate worship service. Stay for dessert and socializing. No charge. RSVP to Mimsie Leyton required.

Mishpacha Musica (Family Music) is a brief, musical children’s service facilitated by Jewish educator and songleader Molly May. Sessions are held on the second Saturday of the month from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. in the Multi Purpose Room. Kiddush provided.

Mishpacha Mornings is a family education program is designed for children 2 to 5 years who are accompanied by an adult. Participants meet one Sunday each month from September through May (10:00-11:00 a.m.) to learn about holidays and explore Jewish values through hands-on activities.

Parenting Series promotes healthy families by providing adults with a monthly opportunity to meet to discuss parenting from both a Jewish and developmental perspective. Sessions are co-led by a rabbi and child development specialist during religious school. Meetings are held periodically on Sunday mornings from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.

For more information:

Mimsie Leyton, Rodef Shalom Preschool DirectorMimsie Leyton
Sidney & Shirley C. Rapport Family Center Director
412-621-6566 x127
[email protected]

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