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Early Childhood Center/Staff

Early Childhood Center Introduction

Mother-daughterThe Community Synagogue 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.

Staff of Early Childhood Center

Anna Cassar - Director of the Early Childhood Center



With more than 30 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education, Anna Cassar is delighted to join the team at The Community Synagogue.  Prior to joining Community, Anna was the Early Childhood Director at Sam Field Commonpoint in Queens.  Anna worked at Temple Beth El of Great Neck for 29 years in various capacities and was the Summer Program Director for 22 years. She was an integral part of the program achieving NAEYC accreditation and ongoing reaccreditation.

Anna attended Hofstra University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and two Master’s degrees, one in Elementary Education and the other in Early Childhood Special Education.

Anna resides on Long Island where she has lived since she was 12. Born in Santa Monica, California, she believes her west coast roots inspire her perspective and flexible spirit. She is the mother of 2 boys; both young adults. They provide her a source of abundant pride that fuels her daily efforts.

Anna is truly passionate about Early Childhood Education and loves working closely with families, teachers and the children. She is thrilled to join the ECC team and looks forward to creating sacred connections.

Liad Zayit - Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Center


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.

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