Seeds of Tomorrow: Transforming Temple Judea's Play Yard

    02.20.24 | Stories, News, Articles

    The Talmud teaches, "As my family planted for me, so do I plant for my children." This timeless wisdom encapsulates the essence of our mission at Temple Judea: to nurture and cultivate the next generation of Jews. At Temple Judea, it is often at our Early Childhood Center (ECC) that the seeds for a real connection with Judaism are first planted - nearly one-third of our flourishing membership started here as Parenting Center and Nursery School families. It's a powerful expression of our L’dor V'dor spirit when grandparents bring their grandchildren to the very same synagogue nursery school that their children once attended. We know that in order to ensure the vibrancy of our congregation for years to come, we must invest in the spaces where our young ones learn, grow, and connect. 

    Our well-loved play yard has not been renovated in over 30 years. That is why we are embarking on an ambitious project this summer to create two new, hands-on, developmentally appropriate outdoor environments that can used by our ECC and Religious Schools. Each element has been carefully crafted to align with our schools' kinesthetic, constructivist curricula- to inspire curiosity, foster creativity, and promote meaningful connections with the world through a Jewish lens. CLICK HERE to view images and descriptions of these new spaces.

    You can help to bring this vision to life! Our fundraising campaign is already underway.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the special naming opportunities available to our most generous supporters and to get answers to some frequently asked questions. Every contribution will play a vital role in shaping our congregation's future and enriching the lives of families for generations to come, so while we're currently seeking donors to support us with larger gifts, we hope that by the end of the campaign, we’ll be able to say that 100% of our families contributed at a level that feels meaningful to them. 

    This is more than a playground: it’s an investment in the enduring legacy of Judaism, a gift we inherit from our ancestors and give to our children. For more information about the Play Yard Project and how you can support this essential endeavor, please  reach out to Kim Birbrower at  .


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