As I was finishing up shopping at a department store recently, I heard a squeaky voice belting out “Shabbat Shalom.” No, it was not Friday – it was midweek, and I was curious as to who was serenading me and the other customers. As it turns out, it was a preschooler who attends our local Jewish preschool. Her mom said she sings it now and then, sometimes quietly as she’s playing with her toys, and other times, like this time, with gusto. I chatted with her mom, who told me that “Jewish preschool has been great for Sadie. She has experienced Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, learned how to explore art and building materials and has made friends. But the REAL reason we love it is because it’s also for me. Since enrolling Sadie last fall, I have made fast friends and now have a community that I belong to. They’re my west coast Jewish family.”
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