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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-08-29

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Spirituality



Rosh Hashannah:
Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28

Yom Kippur:

Monday, October 6

Fashion contests. Meaningless socializing.
Politically correct pseudo-Jewish psycho-babble.
Aunt Gloria's brisket and Cousin Ruthie's kugel.
Is this the sum total of your Rosh Hashannah experience?

Are you looking for services that are small, friendly,
authentic, and spiritually meaningful?
Do you want supervised holiday programming
for your children?

Children's Advocate

Nursery school welcomes its first new director
in 17 years.

DIANA LIEBERMAN
StaffWriter


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Vir ith only a few more days
until the first day of
school, Congregation
Beth Ahm is sprucing
up its classrooms and putting the fin-
ishing touches on a new playground.
And in the midst of it all, Cathy
Rozenberg is setting up shop in the
director's office of the Samantha Erin
Rosen Nursery School, Beth Ahm's
intimate, child-centered preschool.
In taking over from Joyce Epstein,
who'd led the West Bloomfield school
for 17 years, Rozenberg pledges to
continue "all the good parts of the
experience — the smallness, the close-
ness."
The Samantha Erin Rosen Nursery
School opens Wednesday, Sept. 3, with
classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds, along
with parent-toddler and music pro-
grams. Although the formal program
runs mornings only, early care and
afternoon enrichment programs are
available.
Rozenberg has worked with chil-
dren and young families for 25 years.
A graduate of the University of
Michigan, she went on to Wheelock
College in Boston, where she earned a
master's degree in early childhood edu-
cation.
After a few years of teaching,
Rozenberg began a preschool in her
hometown of Toledo, which she led
for 9 years. She also taught part time
at Lourdes College, training young
teachers in techniques for teaching cre-
ativity in music and art.
She moved to metro
Detroit 11 years ago with Cathy Rozenberg at Beth Ahnz's Samantha Erin Rosen
Nursery School.
her husband, Yakov, and
Staff photo by Angie Baan
children Joshua and
Anna, now 13 and 11.
Before coming to Beth
Ahm, Rozenberg did
some substitute teaching
in metro Detroit and
taught fourth grade,
Hebrew, and Judaica at
Temple Shir Shalom.
Her goals for her new
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traditional Jewish values and heritage
into a program in which "kids learn to
make choices, problem solve and take
initiative."
"People will frequently ask if the
school does academics," Rozenberg
said. "The answer is yes, but in a
developmentally appropriate way."
Preschoolers deserve a rich, varied
program, but do not need "first grade
ahead of its time."
"If a child is ready to begin reading,
we will certainly help that child devel-
op reading skills," she said. "If a child
is still learning what to do if they want
a block and another child has it, then
we work on social and coping skills.
"For all children, we will provide a
print-rich environment. Children dic-
tate stories and we transcribe them and
read them back. That way, they begin
to associate their words with the squig-
gles on the page."
At a recent directors meeting held
by Federation's Alliance for Jewish
Education, Rozenberg enjoyed meet-
ing the other leaders of metro Detroit's
Jewish preschools. And she was excited
about discussion on the ways children
can express their own creativity, which
echoed her own philosophy.
"When young children work on art
projects, what's important is not the
final product, not that we have a row
of menorahs that all look alike," she
said. "Instead, it's the process that's
important.
"We want adults who grow up
knowing how to make their own deci-
sions."

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