Enrollment is open for ECC Summer 2018 and ECC School Year 2018-2019!

Click the link above for our brochures. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Joanie Waldman at 317-259-6854 or jwaldman {at} bez613(.)org.

Our Summer Camp will be celebrating “The Dog Days of Summer” June 4-29 (session 1) and July 2-27 (session 2).

In the 2018-2019 school year, we will be “Reaching New Heights” beginning on August 15, 2018.

Our Philosophy . . .

Our Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Program recognizes that intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and physical development are intricately interwoven. We believe in integrating all areas of learning so as to address the whole child. Our toddlers and preschoolers will thrive on exploration, creativity, spontaneity and lots of love. Our curriculum recognizes that play is the best tool for learning and allows flexibility to follow the interests and needs of your child. A multitude of activities is provided through music and creative movement, arts and crafts, cooking, large and small motor skill activities, and exciting entertainment. Our teachers are committed and responsive to each child’s needs. We strive to give our children a love of learning and discovery, and a sense of trust and worthiness that they will take with them into their future experiences. Graduates of our Early Childhood Program continue to grow and mature with self-confidence, excellent learning and socialization skills, and enhanced self-esteem.

Our Classes . . .

12 months +, 18 months +, 2 years +, 3 years +, 4 years + / Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten readiness classesECC)
Curricula available for each age group.

Cut-off date for 2s, 3s, Pre-Kindergarten (4s) is September 1.

Children do not have to be toilet trained to attend our program unless they are in our 4 years + /Pre-Kindergarten program.

Our Flexibility . . .

Your choice of arrival: Early arrival beginning at 7:30 AM; Regular arrival – 8:50 to 9:10 AM

Your choice of dismissal:

12 months +, 18 months +, 2 years + – 12:30 PM or 3:00 PM or Aftercare until 6:00 PM, 5:30 PM on Fridays
3 years +, 4 years +/Pre-Kindergarten – 3:00 PM or Aftercare until 6:00 PM, 5:30 PM on Fridays

Your choice of days:

12 months+, 18 months+, 2 years+, 3 years+ – 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

4 years +/Pre-Kindergarten  – 3 or 5 day program

Optional extra day drop-off when available; nutritious lunch provided

Tuition Assistance Available:

We are pleased to announce that limited tuition assistance for qualifying families will be available for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year made possible through the generosity of the Blatt Family Foundation. For information and an application, please contact Joanie Waldman at (317) 259-6854 or jwaldman {at} bez613(.)org.

For more information on our program, including our Enriching Arts Curriculum, please click on our brochure at the top of the page.


Rabbi Shelley with Tallit

Rabbi Shelley Goldman was born in Chicago, IL and grew up just outside the city in Oak Park, IL. After graduating high school, she lived for a year in Israel on a kibbutz, attended Oberlin College and did her first formal community organizing for healthcare justice as a Midwest Academy summer intern. She then spent the next several years organizing with immigrants and LGBTQ youth in Chicago and New York. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Goldman interned in every area of rabbinic work, including congregations, campuses, education, political organizing and chaplaincy–both in a hospital and with Jewish elders. She spent an academic year in Jerusalem and studied once a week with Israelis in Hebrew at Beit Midrash Elul. Rabbi Goldman was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2016.

She moved to Indianapolis in July 2016 to be assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.  She works in all areas of synagogue life from reading stories with 4- and 5-year-old Early Childhood Center children to leading Torah Study with adults on Shabbat mornings.  Rabbi Goldman teaches 10thgrade confirmation students, studies with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students in preparation to write their speeches and leads a monthly healing service.  She coordinates the Torah on Tap program for Jews in their 20s & 30s and our Tot Shabbat Experience for children under 3 and their families.  Rabbi Goldman provides ongoing pastoral counseling and lifecycle officiation, and you can find her teaching and leading services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.  She has been involved in multifaith work, activism and community organizing for many years and is currently a member of Faith in Indiana’s Clergy Council, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s Board of Directors, and St. Vincent’s Clinical Pastoral Education Community Advisory Board.  Rabbi Goldman is co-chair of the Indiana Board of Rabbis. She lives in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood with her lawfully wedded partner, Kieran Kiley, and their 11-year-old niece, Mya.

Email Rabbi Shelley at sgoldman {at} bez613(.)org.