Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool at Temple De Hirsch Sinai shares your mission: to provide your family with the safe, welcoming Jewish environment you want for your child. Our goal is that our preschool be the home-away-from-home where your child can develop socially, spiritually, physically and cognitively, all while building confidence at the pace that best suits their needs.
Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool is a program of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, a Reform synagogue with a long history coupled with an up-to-date approach to Jewish life and living. Enrolling at Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool includes membership in Temple for those who are eligible.
Centrally located, with easy access to 405 and I-90, Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool is the only Jewish synagogue based preschool program dedicated to serving families and children from the Seattle, Bellevue and greater Eastside areas including Mercer Island, Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond and Kirkland.
Mission, Vision & Values
We engage children in experiential learning enriched by Jewish values, while connecting families within the warm embrace of a Reform synagogue community.
We aim to be the premier early childhood education center for Jewish families in the Greater Seattle Area.
Learn, Connect, Explore, Play: These are the values that shape our curriculum and programming, which is designed to prepare children for a lifetime of learning experiences, both in and outside of the classroom.
At JRM Preschool we:
• Learn – We commit to developing the whole child through experiential methods that build self-esteem, social emotional skills, and school readiness strategies. Our teachers guide students through developmentally appropriate learning exercises that are infused with Jewish values and traditions.
• Connect – We strive to create opportunities for children to develop healthy positive, relationships with peers, adults, Judaism, and the natural world that surrounds them. We create a seamless link for families between home, school, and the Jewish community.
• Explore – We inspire a sense of wonder in children by providing a safe place to experiment, discover, and question their environment. We cultivate hands-on mastery through the use of different mediums, materials, and cognitive concepts.
• Play – We play with purpose, fostering the building blocks that are essential for children to move toward academic success; creativity, independence, cooperation and problem solving. Not to mention – it’s fun!
Who Was Jennifer Rosen Meade?
Like our loving teachers, Jennifer Rosen Meade began each day with a smile, a radiant zest for life, and the extreme gusto to experience every moment to the fullest!
Jennifer’s love for children was no secret. Beyond her commitment as a regular JCC counselor, and instructor at the Fiorini Ski School, she continually sought out opportunities to build confidence and impart joy into the life of every child she met.
An avid and skilled skier, Jennifer was a regular on Crystal Mountain.
However, what family and friends remember her most for is the rare vibrancy she exuded, whether racing down the slopes or walking down the street.
“Heads would turn,” recalls her cousin Laurie Stusser McNeil, “turn to observe this glamorous woman, daughter, and mother flash her joyous smile.”
Sadly, Jennifer left us on March 3, 1990, at the age of 29. She is survived by her husband Stephen Meade, her daughter Rachel, her son Andrew, and a large, loving family. Jennifer’s’ extended family represents longtime Temple membership and include her great-grandfather, Jacob Berkman, a founding member of our synagogue.
When Temple’s former Senior Rabbi Earl Starr suggested the idea of a preschool as a tribute for such a loving person, her parents agreed, “What a wonderful idea.” Since Jennifer adored and respected children, it seemed a perfect proposition to create a preschool bearing her name.
“The preschool reflects not just her personality but her values,” adds her brother Kermit. “She was a blessing to everyone who knew her.”
Jenny’s magic lives on in the broad smiles and laughter resonating in the classrooms and hallways of the Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool. Our tradition teaches us that her memory should live on to bless others. Because of her family, their connection to the Temple and their dedication to our heritage; Jennifer Rosen Meade continues to bless us all.