2012 Double Chai in the Chi
Ilana Marczak is having a profound impact on the next generation of Jews, according to Rabbi Robin Damsky and Lee Lazar, who each nominated Ilana for Double Chai.
Ilana has been director of the Early Childhood Program at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, where she "is a master at turning her students' interests into comprehensive multifaceted learning experiences that inspire their minds and make school fun," according to Lazar, whose children attend the school. "She has only begun what will be a long career in starting children down the path of learning in a fun, comfortable, challenging and Jewish environment."
"She inspires the children to be more than one imagines children can be in both Jewish and secular contexts, giving them authority, challenging them intellectually, igniting their creativity and giving them responsibility," said Damsky. "Ilana is educating Jewish children ages 2 to 5. These are the future leaders of the Jewish community. With a start such as this, with someone believing in their capacity and ability, the children that are in the program are completely transformed … What a great foundation for healthy, creative, innovative Jewish adults!"
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