Register for ECJFE Fall 2019

The Beth El ECJFE Program is facilitated by

Amanda Awend and Ali Berdass

Attention First time Parents! Starting Tuesday October 29th our Fall session of ECJFE (Early Childhood Jewish Family Education) class begins. This is a FREE 7-week class that meets Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm. (10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10) The class is geared towards first time parents and is open to anyone in the Jewish community. You do not need to be a member of Beth El Synagogue to participate. We encourage all parents and babies to attend the classes together. Each class will contain an open forum to discuss “challenges and celebrations” giving you an opportunity to communicate any milestones and/or concerns that are happening regarding your child’s development and your parenting experience. In addition, every week there will be a child development topic discussed with specialists from the community. The class will also incorporate Jewish customs and traditions to enrich your child’s development and your parenting practice.

Amanda Awend is the Director of Shorashim and Young Families Engagement at Beth El Synagogue. Amanda has a degree in Jewish Studies and has taught children of of all ages over the last 15 years. She is the mom of two children, Ezra who is 8 and Mila who is 5. 

Ali Berdass is a mom of three girls, Myra, Annie and Ruthie ages eight, six and four. Ali is a former Occupational Therapist who specialized in pediatrics. Ali worked for Fairview Hospitals for eight and a half years and then stayed home to raise her three girls. Ali now works at Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School as their Annual Benefit Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.  

Please feel free to contact Amanda Awend at with any questions.


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