Jewish Minds

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Our nationally-recognized and award-winning Early Childhood Center (ECC) values kindness (hesed), friendship (haverut), helping others (tzedakah), and taking care of the world (tikkun olam). These Jewish values infuse our play, learning and storytelling.

It is a place where every child’s creativity is nurtured, and where structured activities are balanced with the freedom to explore. Our children are challenged and learn responsibility by teachers who love creating fun-filled moments and new adventures.

Our Philosophy

We create experiences that PROMOTE curiosity, STIMULATE a love of learning, and ADVOCATE a sense of freedom in exploring and playing together without limitations. Our ECC offers a warm atmosphere that celebrates being Jewish; what fun we have as we taste and make holiday foods, act out torah stories, and sing Hebrew songs together

Come see our school in action! Call ECC Director, Stacy Kesner, M.A., at 310.409.4643 or [email protected].

Photo Gallery


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Our Teachers

As soon as you step into our school, you feel a sense of warmth and nurturing from our caring and qualified teachers. Read a bit about each of them or stop by and schmooze with us to learn more about what makes our ECC staff so great!

  • Karen DeVore

  • Stacy Kesner, M.A.

    Director of Early Childhood Center

    [email protected]

  • Mojdeh Soleymani

  • Carol Akiba

  • Lilya

  • Alison Berkowitz

  • Kalanit Kamara

  • Robin Platt


We combine INNOVATION with FUN and believe that education is enhanced through the freedom to explore. Jewish holidays, symbolism, values and culture are interwoven throughout our days as we cook, paint, act and sing together. 

Our Programs

All programs take place on Monday through Friday. A tour of our facilities is required before applying.

Program A

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Program B

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Program C

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Gesher Program

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Early Drop-off

8:00 am – 9:00 am

(after school program)

8:00 am – 9:00 am


Applying to our ECC is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Set up a prospective family tour

Set up a prospective family tourContact Stacy Kesner at 310.409.4643 or [email protected] to schedule your visit.

2. Complete the application for admission and send the application fee*

Download the paper application here and send to the following address:
Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center
300 N. Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

OR, fill out the online application and payment below.

3. Set up a personal interview

Look for a follow up email from ECC to set up a personal interview with Stacy ** 

*Children must be two years and two months old by September of the academic year in which they will join, in order to be eligible for admission to the Early Childhood Center.

**Due to California state rules and regulations, all State of California Community Care Licensing paperwork must be completed and returned to the ECC office on or before your child’s first day of school.

Please fill out the application below for admission to the Temple Emanuel

Early Childhood Center. This application, when accompanied by your $100.00 non-refundable application fee, will ensure consideration for next year’s program.
The key to our success is communication between you, your child’s teacher, and school administrator. As director of the Early Childhood Center, I look forward to meeting with you.
Stacy Kesner, M.A.
Early Childhood Center Director

Contact Us Today

Our staff is here for you to ensure that all of your questions are addressed. For more information about our ECC, its programs or the application process, please contact Director of ECC Stacy Kesner at 310.409.4643 or [email protected].