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Dr. Ruth Pinkenson Feldman

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Founding Director

Ethical Start

Employment History


  • cum laude BA , Philosophy and Child Study
    Tufts University
  • MS , Early Childhood Education
    Bank Street College of Education
  • doctorate
    Temple University
  • EdD
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- Ruth Pinkenson Feldman, EdD - Founding Director of An Ethical Start & Previously director of early childhood - Jewish Community Centers of N.A
He is able to engage people of all ages including teens, business people and older adults. He is an experienced group leader and educator who has conducted both Board and staff training. His training sessions not only help to educate, but more importantly they inspire and help put into perspective how Torah and Jewish text can provide wisdom for living to even the most assimilated.
Media Kit - Early Childhood Education, 15 June 2008 [cached]
Dr. Ruth Pinkenson FeldmanDirector, Early Childhood Education
RUTH PINKENSON FELDMAN, Ed.D., has been the director of early childhood services at Jewish Community Centers Association of North America since 1996.After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, she attended Bank Street College of Education, where she earned an M.S. in education, with a concentration in early childhood education.A summer institute on educating the infant and toddler at Harvard University preceded her doctoral work at Temple University, where her dissertation title was "The Impact of Jewish Day Care on Parental Jewish Identity."In 1995, Ruth participated in The Jerusalem Fellows Program.Her project there was "Midrash, Meaning, and Imagination: Towards a Hermeneutic Construction of Teaching and Learning within Jewish Early Childhood Education"
Ruth founded an infant/toddler program at the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia and was a consultant for early childhood education for the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education in Greater Philadelphia.At JCC Association, she has overseen the development of An Ethical Start, an innovative values curriculum for JCC preschools based on teachings in Pirke Avot, as well as This New Month, a Web-based program for JCC early-childhood educators, which provides teaching ideas for the Jewish calendar.
Ruth has taught at Gratz College, the University of Pennsylvania, Beaver College, and Temple University.
Another artist featured in "Tishrei" is ..., 5 Sept 2012 [cached]
Another artist featured in "Tishrei" is the abstract artist, Ruth Pinkenson Feldman. The former director of early childhood for the JCCs of North America in her previous life, Feldman has been painting full-time since 2008, and has exhibited at the center twice previously. She finds that displaying her works at the center is the right outlet for a newfound synergy. "I have finally found a way to meld my interest in Judaism my spiritualty with my art," she says. "The ideas in Judaism are so profound, so rich, so evocative that the abstract artwork, because it's formless in some ways and because it's an opportunity for meditation and reflection," according to her, gives "the mind an opportunity to contemplate ideas that are far deeper than anything I could draw in a figurative sense."
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Dr. Ruth Pinkerson Feldman, Director of Early Childhood Services of the JCC's of North America told me about An Ethical Start - which is a novel program introducing Pirkei Avot for Jewish family education at JCC's nationwide, and here in Long Beach.Bumped into our friend Michael Dorf â€" Oyhoo, Knitting Factory, Downtown Seder â€" who I last saw on another rainy NYC night last year.
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Ruth Pinkenson Feldman
Dr. Ruth Pinkenson Feldman was born in Philadelphia to two loving parents who instilled in her a lifelong appreciation of learning and of teaching. They taught her that "You don't teach subjects, you teach people. They also taught her to believe in herself. Her Jewish learning taught her how and why.
Ruth earned her cum laude BA in Philosophy and Child Study in 1971 at Tufts University in Medford, MA. She continued her studies at the Bank Street College of Education, where she received an MS in Early Childhood Education in 1974.
In 1980, she became the founding director of the Learning and Development Program, an infant-toddler program, at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia. By incorporating parent education, it helped to form the basis for a strong Jewish community. In her ?ve years there, Ruth ?rmly established a Bank Street-inspired program that was play-oriented, exploratory, and, perhaps most unusual at the time, incorporated parent education and family holiday programming. Twenty-four years later, "The Mishpachah Program" still exists. While creating this program, Ruth worked on her doctorate at Temple University. Her dissertation, "The Impact of Jewish Day Care on Parental Jewish Identity," brought a strong theoretical background to her work. She received her EdD in 1986.
From 1995 to 1996, Ruth was a Jerusalem fellow. In addition to focusing her energy on re-envisioning early childhood education, Ruth studied with Nechama Leibowitz, from whom she learned, among other things, the process of close-reading a text and the active construction of Jewish knowledge. Ruth became part of the interpretive community.
Following her year in Israel, Ruth spent three years as a consultant for Early Childhood Education at the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education in Philadelphia, PA, where she established a network of early childhood professionals and a salary scale for early childhood educators. She also developed workshops and modules to enhance Jewish education in afternoon religious schools.
In her current role as Director of Early Childhood Services at the JCCA, she has been a dedicated innovator and teacher, creating the Brill Fellows Seminar in Israel, the web-based curriculum "This New Month," which introduced the concept of Jewish time to over 100 nursery schools across the country, and "An Ethical Start," a Jewish values curriculum based on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers).
Ruth has taught at Gratz College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Beaver College, among others. She has received grants from numerous foundations and her writing can be found in various publications, including The Jewish Family Book, What We Know About Jewish Education, and Sh'ma.
In all that she does, she is supported by her loving husband, Gary, and her children, Uri, Leona, and Noam.
"Ruth is a great educator because she is constantly learning. She shares her own Jewish journey freely to inspire others. She has a wonderful talent for ?nding the right people to enlist in her efforts-wherever they come from. If they have the spark, the understanding, the skills, she will teach them whatever else they need to know. Ruth is a builder. Ruth thinks big, and she is not discouraged by the dimensions of the challenges facing her. What she sees are the opportunities. She believes that the ?eld of Jewish early childhood education can be transformed. She believes that resources can be found, that supporters can be mobilized, that teachers can grow and change, that parents can become partners in the Jewish education of their children. She will not compromise on her vision. Ruth lives the expression, 'If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right.'"
"Ruth educates just by being herself. She makes everyone with whom she works a part of her family and community. She shares her knowledge of Judaism in a way that makes everyone around her part of a learning process. A typical Ruth opening is, 'Guess what I just learned!' Ruth is a visionary. Ruth believes that you can't have an educated child without an educated adult. So she began to educate the educators. She is courageous. She is not afraid to buck the system. She is not discouraged when people tell her that something has never been done or cannot be done. Ruth is also tenacious.
Ruth invited me to serve as a consultant to 'This New Month' and I refused to believe that technology had anything to offer Jewish educators. When I saw what Ruth was able to accomplish educationally with video conferencing and intelligent Internet use, I had to admit my mistrust of technology was misplaced. Ruth has brought me into the twenty-?rst century, just as she has given so many others access to timeless Jewish tradition."
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