April 24, 2014   24 Nisan 5774

Temple Beth Torah, Melville, NY

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David Joshua Berg Nursery School Philosophy  

In the early years of a child's life, a warm and supportive atmosphere encompassing new and exciting experiences are significant factors in development and growth. The David Joshua Berg Nursery School at Temple Beth Torah combines the best elements of early childhood education with enriching experiences in Jewish living that lead to the formation of a positive self-image and Jewish identity. A staff of caring teachers in an environment equipped with state of the art early childhood equipment provides a setting in which individual development will flourish within a group setting. An outdoor playground center and indoor gym equipment designed specifically for pre-schoolers afford year round areas for large motor skill development. Selections of programs are offered for two, three, and four-year-old children.

To each family enrolled in The David Joshua Berg Nursery School at Temple Beth Torah, we make a commitment to provide your child with a safe, secure and loving environment. We believe that the early childhood years should be a time of fun, discovery and encouragement.

Our program includes experiences in early literacy, creative arts, science, math, social studies, cooking, literature, Jewish culture and tradition, games and large muscle activity. The activities we plan are designed to enhance each child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and to build self-esteem. It is our hope that each child will leave us with a feeling of great self worth and confidence and that each family will always remain a part of our temple family.

The David Joshua Berg Nursery School is a N. Y. S. licensed facility.

David Joshua Berg Nursery School  

Nursery School Director - Zelda Miller
631.643.1200 Ext. 223

A part of the Temple Beth Torah Nursery family since its inception, Zelda began work as a head teacher in our Mommy & Me program in 1991. With the expansion of our program in the fall of '92, "Miss" Zelda taught Terrific Two's, a position she held until becoming Nursery Director in the Fall of 1998.

Raised in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn, Zelda received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Science in Education from Brooklyn College. Zelda holds New York State Permanent Certification in Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Elementary Education, and English grades 7-12. She is a member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk County, Jewish Education Project (JEP) where she has chaired the Suffolk Director's Network, and sat on the Advisory Board of Long Island ENGAJE, a UJA program whose goal is to foster Jewish learning in preschool staffs so they can become more effective Jewish educators.

As an educator, parent and Jewish woman, Zelda believes very strongly in "volunteerism." She has held numerous positions in PTA, Hadassah and ORT. She has been honored with the PTA Founders Day - Life Membership Award and is a recipient of the Women's American ORT - Shirley Levine Honor Roll Award.

Active members of Plainview Jewish Center, Zelda, and her husband Alan, an executive with IBM, have lived in Plainview since 1979. Their son Michael, who attended the University of Michigan, is a Director in Equity Sales at Barclay’s Capital. He and his wife Jessica have 2 children, Alexandra and Jake. Daughter Dara, attended the University of Pennsylvania and is a Vice President at Barclay’s, working as an Assistant Volatility Trader.

Zelda has had the opportunity to personally participate in the incredible growth of our nursery program. She is dedicated to providing the children of our TBT community a nursery experience that will nurture their academic, physical, social and emotional growth.

Registration and Information  

Temple members and non-Temple members are invited to call Zelda Miller at the Nursery office for additional information Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 631.643.1200 Ext. 223 .

Class Offerings & Enrichment Programs  

BABY & ME (For mothers with infants through 12 months)
An informal support group where mothers discuss concerns and share the joys and achievements of baby's first year. A facilitator whose expertise focus' on young family life leads the discussions.

MOMMY & ME (For mothers and toddlers)
A special opportunity for mother and toddler to develop new relationships with peers while exploring the wealth of Jewish tradition through crafts, songs and stories. An early childhood teacher begins this program with 45 minutes of short planned activities. The next 45 minutes allows children to practice separation at a comfortable pace when Mom's move to a nearby area for discussion with our facilitator. Toddlers continue their supervised play time.Our playground is designed for toddlers 2 years and up and will not be used for Mommy & Me classes.

With the exception of Baby & Me classes, bottles and pacifiers are not permitted for Mommy & Me groups due to reasons of health and safety.

Open to children born between January 2011 and June 2011, Step-Up Two’s is designed as a “stepping stone” into our Nursery program.

Classes will begin the week of October 15th and continue through June.  The group will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 -11:00 AM. From October through December an adult (mom/dad/nanny) is required to stay in class. Our goal during this initial phase will be to work toward separation during the last ½ hour of class. From January through June we will “step-up” to a full separation and the class will meet for 2 hours – 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

The children will have a morning filled with art, music, stories, gym/playground time, free play, snack and of course, socialization under the nurturing direction of our loving Toddler Staff.

Our program for the two-year old child is designed to ease his/her separation from home. In their first nursery school experience, our youngest children learn the values of sharing, being part of a group and discovering independence in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Play is an important mode of learning with initial experiences in crafts, music, stories and finger play.

The three-year old child explores the world around him/her and learns to socialize through planned activities and creative play. The first steps are taken in understanding number concepts and reading readiness. Jewish holidays are celebrated through arts and crafts, songs and stories.

Our four-year old curriculum is designed to maximize the infinite creativity of this age group. Fours love to try out their own ideas, and we provide them with the materials and encouragement to do so. We explore the community we live in and learn about our place in society. Hands-on science, math, and whole language experiences enhance this program.


MOVEMENT: A specialist works with our classes on creative movement activities designed to promote gross muscular coordination and physical fitness.

MUSIC: All classes are visited by our music teacher. They learn a variety of songs and have opportunities to explore various musical instruments.



SENSATIONAL SCIENCE:  Each week the children will be given an opportunity to examine the world around them through hands-on science experimentation and exploration. Who knows what these junior “Mr. Wizards” will find!!    


LITERATURE COMES ALIVE:  We will explore a new book each week and examine the author, story line, illustrations etc. and participate in an exciting hands-on art and/or cooking experience.


PEE WEE PRO SPORTS:  Weekly instruction in a different sport  – baseball, football, soccer, hockey etc.  Learn skills and teamwork!! Fun for both girls and boys!!        


TUMBLING TOTS OF LONG ISLAND:  A balanced program designed to help preschool children develop self-esteem and coordination, as well as total body fitness. Children will be learning tumbling skills and will also be working on the balance beam, bars and trampoline!!

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