At Temple Beth El, we have both a Jewish pre-school, HaGan, and a secular pre-school and day-care center, Bright Beginnings Learning Center (BBLC).
HaGan, our Jewish preschool program for ages 2-4, is the only one of its kind in Kern County, and one of the Bakersfield Jewish community’s most precious jewels. Our students celebrate a model Shabbat table service each week. They learn about holy days and festivals, about Noah’s ark and Abraham and Sarah and baby Moses. Our children delight in the retelling of the Purim Megillah, dress in costumes, cheer for Esther and Mordecai and “Boo Haman!” At their model seder each year, they re-enact the Exodus and “cross the Red Sea;” then search for the hidden, chocolate-covered afikoman their teacher carefully hides for them. Most of all, in HaGan, our children form bonds with one another that last a lifetime. We often have a waiting list, so be sure to sign your little ones up in advance to ensure their spot!
Bright Beginnings Learning Center is our secular pre-school and day-care center. It is open to all children ages x-y.
You can help support HaGan and BBLC by purchasing scrip for your favorite stores A partial list can be found here. For more information, or to purchase scrip, please contact Linda Hakimi.