The First 36 Project

2015 - Ongoing

The First 36 Project is a ground-breaking pilot program developed by the Simms/Mann Institute, in partnership with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The First 36 Project was created to provide a select group of parent-and-me instructors with an exclusive professional development experience designed to amplify their ability to support parents as they build strong, meaningful bonds with their children.

In addition to attending the Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank, The First 36 Project Fellows gain access to a variety of Institute resources, including curriculum modules that integrate the latest in child development theory with cutting-edge neuroscience research related to children ages 0-3. Fellows engage in cohort-based learning experiences, as well as one-on-one coaching and consultation, including class visits, observation and feedback.

For more information about the First 36 Project please download our brochure HERE.

The First 36 Project Fellows: Cohort 2 (2017)

  • Emily Glickman, Leo Baeck Temple
  • Nicole Mevorak, Debbie Myman, and Jenna Pitson, Wise School
  • Shayna Goldman and Michal Rosenbaum, Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov Ohr Eliyahu
  • Cheryl Ibgui, Harkham Hilel Academy 
  • Alana Levitt, University Synagogue
  • Molly Mills, Wilshire Boulevard Temple
  • Jayne Rosen, Temple Israel of Hollywood 
  • Jessica Smiedt, Temple Isaiah
  • Valerie Segall, Valley Beth Shalom

The First 36 Project Fellows: Cohort 1 (2015-2016)

  • Sari Abrams and Miri Avraham, Pressman Academy Early Childhood Center of Temple Beth Am
  • Samantha Loveman and Sarah Manor, Sinai Temple Early Childhood Center
  • Shanti Greenspan and Sari Edber, Temple Beth Hillel Early Childhood Center
  • Lisa Whitman and Erin Aghai, Temple Judea Early Childhood Center
  • Susy Shapiro and Parastou Bassirat, Valley Beth Shalom Early Childhood Center
  • Dana Nicole Lerner, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Early Childhood Center

The First 36 Project Lectures

  • May 27, 2015: Dr. Ruth Feldman The Power of Early Connection: Moving Practice to Theory
  • November 15, 2015: Professor Sherry Turkle Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age 

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