Early Education

Early Education (0-5 years)

We believe in creating a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment that allows children to actively explore Judaism through music, art, stories, and play. Our program is designed to introduce children to Jewish concepts and community, engaging them by allowing their natural curiosity to lead them. We cultivate deep and lasting connections by bringing family members of all ages together in community.

Our preschool programming is open to all.

Happy kids with parachute

K'tan Tan Monthly Family Program (Ages 0-5)

K’tan Tan is for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caretakers.  Together we explore Judaism through music, stories, crafts, and fun. Each session meets on Sundays from 10:00 – 11:30 am and is organized around a Jewish theme.
K’tan Tan Dates for 2023-2024

October 1, 2023: Sukkot
November 5, 2023: Tzedakah 
December 3, 2023: Hanukkah 
January 21, 2024: Tu B’Shevat
February 4, 2024: B’Tzelem Elohim/In the Image of God 
March 3, 2024: Shabbat
April 14, 2024: Passover
May 5, 2024: PJ Havdallah in the Morning!


Amanda Jarman

K’tan Tan Teacher

Amanda has been working in the field of Jewish Education since 1998.

She has a B.A. in Child Development from Mills College and loves teaching young children. She also has a graduate certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Education from Gratz College in PA.

After 18 years of working at Temple Sinai Preschool in Oakland, Amanda moved to Temple Beth Abraham also in Oakland. Amanda currently teaches twos at Gan Avraham Preschool and is excited to be a part of the Congregation B’nai Tikvah community & the K’tan Tan program!

Amanda’s main goals in the classroom are relationship building and helping children and families develop a positive Jewish identity. Amanda lives in Vallejo, Ca. with her husband, Chuck. They have two tripod dogs, Mort & Felix, and a kitty cat, Popo. On her weekends and time off, Amanda enjoys traveling, the beach, photography, and visiting old cemeteries.

Gan Gani Havdallah 2019

Monthly Preschool Shabbat Service & Dinner

First Friday of Every Month

5:30 pm : Tot Shabbat
5:45 pm : Dinner
6:30 pm : Family Service

Shabbat Under the Oak

June, July, August, September
First Friday of Every Month

6:30 pm: Family Service
Join us for this festive family-friendly, all-ages Shabbat celebration in our amphitheater.  We pray, we’ll play, and we’ll make smores!

oak tree shabbat

For more information, contact Sue Bojdak.