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The Mission of Tuvia Preschool is to enhance the learning and development of young children in a safe and caring Jewish environment. This is achieved through a curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of each child.

Tuvia Preschool follows a contructivist approach also integrating other research-based educational philosophies. Based on Vygotsky’s theory, the constructivist approach to education recognizes that children learn from their culture. Young children live in multiple cultures-home, extended family, school, and community. Additionally, they learn from a variety of people within each culture-parents, siblings, teachers, peers, and multi-media. We plan experiences that enhance learning through play and directed activities that include the core essentials that provide a firm foundation for their lives.

Tuvia is open to children ages 2 through 5. Children in diapers are welcome at ages 2 & 3. Tuvia Preschool requires that all 4 year old preschoolers are toilet trained.
*COMING SOON! Tuvia is expanding! Please contact us for information on our mommy & me, 18ms-2 yr old and Kindergarten classes.

Monday – Friday during the hours are as follows:

Morning Buddies 7:30am – 9:00am
Half-Day Preschool 9:00am – 1:00pm
Full-day Preschool 9:00am – 3:00pm
Kids Club Jr offers classes from 3:00-4:30pm and 4:30-6:00pm. More information on these options are located here: http://www.templemenorah.org/youth/tuvia_kids_club.html

Tuvia offers 3 MWF and 5 M-F day/week options for preschoolers. The school year runs from early September through Mid-June. During the summer months children enroll in Camp Tuvia.

As a major curriculum area, Jewish customs, values, beliefs, holidays, life cycle events and experiences are presented in a warm, caring environment. Teachers & staff at Tuvia help our children gain a complete self-concept and identification with the Jewish community, and larger world at large.

In keeping with Jewish tradition, high value is placed on learning. A healthy emotional foundation, created through developmentally appropriate play and discovery, enhances the intellectual growth of children. At Tuvia, our students become successful members of a learning community of friends. Our teachers use hands-on lessons and learning centers to develop the cognitive, language, physiomotor, social, emotional, and creative skills of each child. Through the use of emergent curriculum and holiday-based units, students are engaged in learning about the following subjects:Science

  • Math
  • Pre-writing
  • Pre-reading
  • Art
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Language
  • Social living
  • Perceptual and organizational skills
  • Physical Education     

For more information about Tuvia or to schedule a tour, call Malorie Kole, Tuvia Program Coordinator, at (310) 316-8997 ext.112 at Tuvia@templemenorah.org or Rabbi Selilah Kalev at (310) 316-8997 ext. 120 or email her at rabbiselilah@templemenorah.org

Tuvia does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or religion in its admission policies, educational process, or in any other school programs.


Helping Our Families

Tuvia School of Temple Menorah  is grateful to the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the generous Jewish Education Emergency Grant provided to assist several of our Tuvia families during this difficult economic time.

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  Rabbi Selilah Kalev received her ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California in 2003. Raised in Anchorage, Alaska and the granddaughter of a Protestant minister, Rabbi Selilah brings a unique background to her love of Judaism and education. Having performed as a member of the professional Alaska Children's Choir, Rabbi Selilah also has a deep connection to music and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from the California Institute of the Arts. Her passion for teaching others and developing new and innovative curricula led her to receive two Master's Degrees: one in Jewish Education and one in Rabbinic Studies. In addition, she holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Selilah began her career in Early Childhood Education as one of two teachers in a small Preschool at Temple Beth Shalom in Carmel, California. Her love of being in the classroom was the foundation that led her to a career in Lifelong Learning at synagogues in California, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. During her role as Director of Lifelong Learning and running schools of more than 500 students, Rabbi Selilah remained passionately connected to Early Childhood Education within her communities by partnering with and overseeing many of the programs.  Rabbi Selilah created and developed parent education, holiday and special event curricula, and in her most recent school, partnered in creating a play-based program. She was also instrumental in expanding her last preschool from a part-time program to a full-time integrative preschool community serving ages six weeks to five years.

Rabbi Kalev loves to develop adult education, religious school and synagogue programs which she has implemented at various communities around the nation. She has been invited as a consultant to assist synagogues to restructure their schools and develop an education vision. Rabbi Kalev was one of a select group of educators in the nation invited to participate in and subsequently completed the Melton Teachers' Educator Institute, was awarded the title of Conservative Jewish Educator, selected to be a committee member for the national Jewish Educator's Assembly and Torah Aura Curriculum Award honoring the best religious school curriculum and she also chaired the UJA/Federation Principal's Council in Stamford, CT, comprising of Education Directors across all denominations of Judaism.

Rabbi Selilah Kalev is married to Rabbi Joshua Kalev. They have two children, Noa and Jacob.


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