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Starting September 1, 2017, Temple Beth Am's programs will expand to include an Early Childhood School (ECS) as we take ownership of the Stroum Jewish Community Center's North Seattle ECS program, which is currently housed in TBA's K'hilah Center. As an affiliate of Temple Beth Am, SEED Early Childhood School at Temple Beth Am will maintain its program of Jewish values; Reggio Emilia-inspired, child-centered approach; and vibrant classroom environment. 

We're delighted to continue encouraging children to test their theories of the world so as to develop a love of learning, a strong sense of self-reliance, and a strong foundation for critical thinking, just as the Early Childhood School has always done. For more details and the full text of our joint announcement, follow the links below. You may contact us with any additional questions at  seed@templebetham.org

Stroum Jewish Community Center and Temple Beth Am Go From Strength to Strength 
(March 2016 Press Release)

 TEMPLE BETH AM TO TAKE OVER OWNERSHIP OF SJCC EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL IN 2017 

The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) and Temple Beth Am (TBA) are pleased to announce that, effective September 1, 2017, the SJCC North Seattle Early Childhood School (ECS) will become an affiliate of Temple Beth Am, under the auspices of a new nonprofit organization to be established by TBA. 

The transition of the North Seattle School from the SJCC to TBA was voted on and approved by both organizations’ board of directors. While the name and ownership will change, the location, philosophy, curriculum, management, and faculty will remain the same. The North Seattle School has had great and growing success in recent years under the current leadership team with Director Jennifer Magalnick at the helm since 2013.

Kim Waldbaum, SJCC Board President commented, “Transitioning the school to TBA will give SJCC the ability to focus time and resources on broader community engagement, one of four priorities in our 2015 ‐ 2017 strategic plan. With this re‐direction of resources SJCC will be able to serve more people in North Seattle and across the Puget Sound region.”

The SJCC will continue to run its Early Childhood School at the Mercer Island facility where families can also leverage the built‐in amenities and services available at that location. “SJCC’s commitment to early learning is unwavering,” said Waldbaum.

"The decision is the result of many months of thoughtful, collaborative information gathering, analysis, and community-minded thinking,” SJCC CEO Judy Neuman noted. “This is a win, win, win in that ECS Seattle families will continue in their school, TBA adds an important entry point to Jewish life which is in tandem with their mission and values, and SJCC will have the ability to engage many more people across multiple communities.”

Based on the most recent Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study, the Jewish population in Seattle has increased well over 50 percent in the last 15 years, with a large concentration of young Jewish families in North Seattle. “TBA’s 60‐year history gives us deep roots in the North Seattle community, so we are well‐positioned to support and nurture the school and the families it serves,” said Gaby Charlton, TBA Board Secretary and North Seattle ECS parent. “And since the North Seattle ECS has been housed at TBA since 2007, in many ways it already feels like part of the TBA family.”

North Seattle School director Jenn Magalnick, also a member of TBA, couldn’t agree more: “Families spend three to five years as a part of our vibrant, tight‐knit school community. The north end school being an affiliate of TBA will make extending that community connection past the preschool years easier than ever.”

“One of our core values at TBA is lifelong learning, from the very young to the very old,” said TBA Senior Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to incorporate such a high caliber affiliate that was built on a strong foundation combining Jewish values and a Reggio Emilia‐inspired child‐centered approach to growth and development.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to hand over a successful turnkey school that is a vital entry point to Jewish life for so many north end families to such a trusted and valued partner,” said Neuman. “The relationship between the SJCC and TBA is the strongest it has ever been, and we look forward to creating new ways of deepening that partnership in the future.”

TBA and the SJCC have already begun planning for that future and look forward to serving Seattle’s young families for many years to come.

For more information, please visit www.sjcc.org  or contact SJCC COO Renée Cohen Goodwin at 206‐388‐0829 or SJCC CEO Judy Neuman at 206‐232‐7116.

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