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L'dor V'dor Early Childhood Center


Mother-daughterThe Community Synagogue L'dor V'dor Early Childhood Center prides itself on having a child-oriented environment. Our program is based on the belief that children learn best through hands-on activities. We offer a variety of learning experiences in a creative and enriched environment where children can develop, socialize and grow under the supervision of our trained and caring staff.

We respect each child’s right to grow and progress socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Each child develops to his or her greatest capacity. Our teachers promote positive self-esteem balanced by a healthy respect for the feelings and rights of others. To help children grow in skill and confidence, we provide opportunities for group experiences, as well as individual attention.

We seek to foster in each child a love of Jewish heritage, customs and holidays. The children learn about Jewish culture through song, dance, arts and crafts and celebrations.

L'dor V'dor ECC Staff


Jen Schiffer - ECC Director 


With over 15 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education, Jen is thrilled to be “coming home” to TCS.  She began her teaching career working in both public and private schools, in New Jersey, New York City, and most recently, here on Long Island.  Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jen served as our ECC Assistant Director, as well as our Summer Camp Director. After a two-year hiatus where she served as Director of Temple Beth Sholom’s Early Childhood Center in Roslyn Heights, Jen returns to the ECC, bringing with her an in depth-knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice, an understanding of the best ways to teach Jewish values and traditions, as well as a passion for leadership.

Jen’s goal is to bring families together at the ECC to help foster meaningful connections, creating a kehillah kedoshah (sacred community), amongst each and every person in the school, including the amazing ECC staff that she is honored to lead. For Jen, every voice matters, and as she often says, “if I don’t know, I can’t help.”

Jen is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Master’s degree in teaching Spanish and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. A lifelong learner, Jen went on to add an additional Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education to complete her resume.

Jen lives here in Port Washington with her husband, Michael, and their sons, Jonah and Nathan. When she’s not at the ECC, Jen can be found on the baseball field where she serves as the “mom-a-ger” for her son’s Legends baseball team, or in the kitchen cooking or baking. Her specialty is making rainbow challah on Shabbat. As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home,” and Jen is honored to be back “home “with her TCS family.

Liad Zayit - Assistant Director 


Over the past two years, Liad has worked at the ECC as an Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K Program. While serving this role, she supervised children, evaluated their performance with regarding to their social, emotional and cognitive development, and provided them with support throughout the day. Liad also created classroom materials, organized data and participated in Parent Teacher Conferences. She is proficient in progressive ECE philosophies, various teaching approaches and has substantial experience both as an educator and office administrator. Prior to her professional positions, Liad served as a camp counselor at The Community Synagogue Summer Program for 8 years and volunteered at our Religious School as a Teacher's Assistant. Liad is dedicated to supporting families and colleagues as we continue to navigate our Early Childhood Center to excellence. 

Liad has been devoted to Early Childhood Education since graduating with honors from Roslyn High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in Communications & Public Relations with a minor in Early Childhood Psychology. Liad also holds a NYS Child Development Associate accreditation (CDA) and is proficient in all I.T. Office programs. In addition to her work commitments, Liad regularly volunteers as a reading specialist. 

Born and raised on Long Island to Israeli parents, Liad is the middle of three siblings. She is fluent in Hebrew and has strong connections with Israel where both her parents were born and still have extensive family there. Liad loves to cook, travel and go on walks with her husband Alec and their dog, Leo.


Susan Freire - Education Office Manager


Sue Freire was promoted to Education Office Manager after serving nine years as Administrative Assistant of both our Early Childhood Center and Religious School. Before coming to The Community Synagogue Sue worked as the administrator of another faith-based preschool. Sue always has a smile and is always willing to help you with all of your Early Childhood Center and Religious School questions and needs.

Mon, June 27 2022 28 Sivan 5782