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People of the Book

עם הספר

 Dec. 11-12, 2017
Monday 3-7 pm | Tuesday 8:30am-3:15 pm | Optional: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Reflection
Download the conference flyer [PDF] | Download the conference program [PDF]

The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College held its Eighth Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference on Monday-Tuesday, December 11 and 12, 2017, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The lens for this year's conference was "People of the Book" (עם הספר). 

Who are the “People,” which “Book” are we referring to, and what is the relationship between the two? 

We invite you to join us and examine this question with scholars and experts. Conference participants will also explore ways to share the answers with diverse learners and families who have different backgrounds and familiarity with Jewish texts, stories, traditions and the Hebrew language.  Below are some examples of opportunities at this year’s conference:

  • Learn how to create sensory-rich experiences that will ignite the souls of young children through art, nature, drama, music, storytelling and Hebrew language and song.
  • Discover ways to make the stories and values of Jewish texts alive, relevant and accessible for both diverse learners and today’s multi-cultural families. 
  • Be inspired by guest speaker MIT Prof. Jeff Hoffman, who was the first male Jewish astronaut to bring the Torah into space 

The Hebrew College annual early childhood Jewish education conference is designed for educators of all levels and backgrounds, clergy, and professionals working with young children (infants through second grade) and their families in all formal and informal educational settings.

Schedule and Session Description.

Session Descriptions can be found in the Conference Program here.


Bronze Sculpture by Nira Raz titled ”Story.”


Rachel Raz, Director
Early Childhood Institute
Shoolman Graduate School
(617) 559-8629

Linna Ettinger, Asst. Director
Early Childhood Institute
Shoolman Graduate School
(617) 559-8813


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