The Harvest Celebration of Sukkot

The Harvest Celebration of Sukkot

This year our garden was overflowing with gourds the children had planted last spring. Our home-grown gourds now decorate our classrooms, serve as produce in our classroom “farm market,” provide many opportunities for painting and drawing activities, and even supply additional building materials for block constructions.

Beginning a New Year

Beginning a New Year

We welcomed old and new friends to our first days of classes. There were many reunions and just a few brief tears! The weather was glorious and shared playground activities helped forge new friendships and ease those first-day jitters.

Honoring our Unsung Heroes

Honoring our Unsung Heroes

Each year the Pittsburgh Agency for Jewish Learning has honored teachers and dedicated volunteers in Jewish educational institutions for their work with their students. This June two educators from Ohav Shalom were honored for their contributions to our preschool and religious school.

NAREA Summer Conference

NAREA Summer Conference

Pittsburgh hosted the NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance) summer conference at the Heinz History Center: Bridging Partnerships on the Path of Learning: Embracing History, Identity, and Culture in our Settings.

Summer Camp Begins

Summer Camp Begins

A “discovery hike” with magnifying glasses, clipboards, tweezers, scissors, and bags for collecting began our first session of camp.

End-of-Year Picnic

Pot luck and pizza plus “Weird Eric” and his magic show made for a wonderful ending to our school year!
Open House for Visiting Educators

Open House for Visiting Educators

The Center concluded its fourth year of work with the JECEI program by hosting a visit from 30 visiting educators from Jewish schools in the Pittsburgh area. Classroom educators and Center parents answered questions about our documentation, changes in classroom environment, daily planning, project planning, and where to find the time to make it all work! Ellen Sapinkopf and the women of Ohav Shalom prepared a wonderful spread of food and drinks for our guests, including “goodie bags” to take on the bus. It was a very successful site visit, and several groups have expressed interest in revisiting our Temple to learn more about the preschool work with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Overheard comments about the Temple and Preschool: “It’s so welcoming,” “Everything is so inviting and so...