The early childhood program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center serves the families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at two locations: on the Karl Community Campus in Whitefish Bay and at the Linda & Fred Wein Family Center in Mequon.
Guided by B’tzelem Elohim, the belief that everyone is created in the image of God, Gan Ami offers a warm and inclusive setting for children and families to explore Jewish values and traditions while creating a diverse community. Professional educators encourage children to explore their natural curiosity and creativity through play and hands-on experiences in a happy and relaxed learning environment.
Our co-constructed curriculum emerges from the interests and ideas of the children in collaboration with the teachers. Children are encouraged to develop creativity and critical thinking skills through a balance of structured activities and interactive play. Opportunities are provided for parents and teachers to grow and learn about child development, parenting, and Jewish life. This creates connections that enrich everyday living and learning.
Director: Stacy Mitchell
Karl Community Campus (Whitefish Bay):
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Whitefish Bay Site Director: Heather Spencer
Linda and Fred Wein Family Center (Mequon):
10813 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53092
Mequon Site Director: Karen Faust
Acclaimed for its warm environment that nurtures the unique gifts of each child, it has become the premier Jewish early childhood education institution, serving a cross section of the Milwaukee Jewish community.
The school holds the prestigious accreditation from the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. Jewish Beginnings provides youngsters with development of character, love of learning and of all academic areas, providing the foundation for thoughtful, moral decision making.
Jewish Beginnings is an affiliate of Lubavitch of Wisconsin and a partner agency of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Director: B. Devorah Shmotkin
President: Steve Weinstein
Infants through K4
Flexible hours with options from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Open year round, school year and summer camp
MJP is for children and about the CHILD:
C – Child: Children are competent partners.
H – Home: Home and school relations create partnership and shared dialogue.
I – Identity: Living in a Judaic context solidifies knowledge on Israel, Jewish traditions, values and mitzvot.
L – Lifelong Learning: Developing a comprehensive approach to all areas of development, focusing on empowering the individual voice while embracing communal contributions.
D – Discovery: Meaningful learning emerges only through discovery and research.
Director: Rivkie Spalter
Assistant Director: Robyn Eiseman
President: Rachael Marks