Jewish Journal


February 24, 2000

Where Ethics Meets Education

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Some 2,000 years ago, a man approached Rabbi Hillel about converting to Judaism. So the sage rabbi imparted some advice to him: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole of the Torah, the rest is commentary."

The Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles will hold a day-long "Early Childhood Day of Learning for Parents" aimed at giving parents and educators the tools to cement Hillel's ideas in children.

Presented in conjunction with the 20th Annual Early Childhood Spring Institute, "Educating an Ethical Child in the 21st Century" will feature radio commentator and educator Michael Josephson, founder of Character Counts: The Six Pillars of Character. Josephson, who treats ethical education as seriously as the three R's (see below), will not only deliver the keynote, but lead a breakout session later. A lunch-and-learn for parents will be held by Janet Harris, director of Early Childhood Education at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.

The conference will also include workshop sessions dealing with child development, family dynamics, moral education, special education and Jewish values.

"Educating an Ethical Child in the 21st Century" will be held Mon., March 6 from 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. Pre-registration is mandatory. For more information on registering, contact Esther Elfenbaum at (323) 761-8617 or Monise Neumann at (323) 761-8625.

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