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    Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE)
    Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE)
    Street:
    274 Garfield Place
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11215
    Phone:
    (718) 768-3814
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope
    Description:

    Elementary Division Day Camp

    The Elementary Division of Congregation Beth Elohim’s Summer Day Camp offers children lots of fun, excitement and a wide variety of recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment under the care of a highly qualified staff. Our program is designed to meet the needs of children entering 1st through 4th grades.

    Some of our facilities include a spacious indoor pool, an art room, computer room, darkroom and two large, multi-use air-conditioned spaces. Nearby Prospect Park is utilized for sports, nature and outdoor play. The oldest groups explore marine life and environmental issues by sailing on the Hudson River Sloop, Clearwater, and an overnight camping program. Activities include:

    • Daily recreational and instructional swim for each group supervised by a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor and an assistant with Advanced Life Saving
    • Active outdoor sports program
    • Gymnastics
    • Nature
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Music
    • Hobbies: nature, photography, cooking, dance, sports clinic, drama, puppet-making, newspaper, computers, and much, much more
    • Workshops in karate, video, creative dance and photography
    • Trips: twice a week, in and out of NYC
    • Special Programming: mid-session Olympics (full day of sports and field events), End of Summer Music Festival and Carnival
    • On-site sleepover for campers entering 3rd grade
    • Overnight camping trip for oldest group

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 22-Aug-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2021 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Name of camp: CBE Summer campLocation: Park slopeHow old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 2.5Review: Very developmentally in tune - helped our 2.5 year old transition to his first structured programming (kind teachers who helped with drop off) Fun and creative programming - gardening, music, lots of great arts, water play, gym (indoors in extreme heat) Great COVID precautions Nice updates from camp teachers
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: The teachers and early education programming are absolutely incredible. The curriculum is child-led and includes a lot of social emotional support. The art teacher is a gift. That said, for all the wonderful things about the program, the communication with parents and support of parent needs (like aftercare) is a continuing challenge and source of deep frustration.Facility amenities:What would you change about the program?Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? From the kids perspective, this felt like a normal year, which is incredible. The strict safety protocols in the classroom were appreciated, and the school used all the outdoor space in the park beautifully. At the same time, stricter protocols than many preschools as well as onerous last minute schedule changes and testing requirements were incredibly challenging for parents to navigate, and there was little two-way communication.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: My child was in the 3s program at CBE ECC and had a very positive experience. They did (I feel) the best that they could during Covid, curtailing some aspects of the program and requiring masks, requiring daily health scans via app, etc. We stayed open all year, no Covid-related closures, so no complaints from me on that score. Teacher/child ratio was unusually good (3 teachers 9 kids), again probably in part due to the pandemic.The program itself I found very good -- morning to lunch was a rich preschool curriculum (gym time, art time, music time, group class activities, etc); then the afternoon seemed more like a daycare with lunch at noon, then rest/quiet time, then play-on-your-own time, then pickup. The teachers were very kind and nurturing. My child was very happy there, looked forward to it every morning, made some good friends, grew a lot, and we look forward to the 4s/PreK program there next year.Facility amenities:What would you change about the program? Not much -- I have some minor opinions but doesn't everyone? I'm not an expert; teachers seemed to know what they were doing, and my child had a very positive experience.Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? CBE ECC required masks for all kids and staff at all times except for eating; they required a monthly PCR test starting in January 2021; and they generally played it medium-conservative and in line with CDC/NYS guidelines and the best practices at other preschools. I personally hope and wish that the kids can go mask-free next year if disease rates in NYC stay very low; but I understand that many factors are in play and that a mask-free classroom in 2021-22 may not yet be possible. Overall, CBE ECC stayed open all last year; nobody in our classroom ever got sick; and that was the most important thing!
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Bat Mitzvah Venues/restaurants
    Comment:  We held my son's party in the ballroom at CBE which when decorated looked great and is big enough for everyone, including a few games for kids. It's reasonable financially but there are some quirks (the ovens didn't actually work in the kitchen, so food could be prepped there, but not heated...) (May 2021 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2s program for the fall?
    Comment:  We send our son to CBE in Park Slope (Congregation Beth Elohim), their preschool (the ECC) is open to anyone. We have been extremely happy there! The teachers are just wonderful! However, their cutoff is September so your kid would have to be 2 by September to enroll. (January 2021 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!
    Comment:  Our son attends preschool at CBE in Park Slope and we are really happy there. We were debating what to do given Covid but it's worked out well so far. (December 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!
    Comment:  I. is following in her sister's footsteps at CBE (Congregation Beth Elohim) this year. Their program was soooo good for our oldest, and . already seeing the positive impact with our wild child #2. (December 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  4's
    Comment:  We are very happy CBE 3's parents so far. They seem extremely solid on covid prevention protocols, getting the tots to all wear masks all day (without stress or coercion), and our daughter seems truly happy in the program, she likes the teachers and the other kids, she's already making some good friends, etc. And we like what they're learning and doing. There are just 9 kids and 3 teachers in her pod/class -- an unusually good ratio, probably not sustainable for CBE longterm but we are so grateful they're doing it this way for 2020-21. (November 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  4's
    Comment:  Our older daughter graduated CBE last year and our younger one is in the 3s full day program now. They both love it, and we’ve been very impressed with CBE’s ability to safely stay open full time during COVID. They do daily temperature checks and spend as much time outdoors in Prospect Park as possible. All kids wear masks except during lunch and rest time. Classrooms have also remained small, and they still do art, music, etc (basically feels like a normal preschool but with COVID adjustments). (November 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: ECC is an incredibly warm and gentle environment with such respect and understanding for the needs of young children. It is a place where kids learn to thoughtfully collaborate and work together and where the passions of the kids inform the curriculum. The proximity to the park allows for outdoor time and the opportunity to work with natural materials. The teachers have such awareness and insights into each child and their individual strengths, challenges and needs. Kids move towards independence and gain important social and emotional skills. Plus they have two large gyms for kids to run around. The art program is phenomenal and they have found creative ways to continue the program and the music program during the pandemic. In pre-covid years, they offered swimming and movement in their schedule. Parents are sent daily emails with pictures and a summary of the days events. These emails are a helpful tool to start a conversation with your child about their day. We've been incredibly impressed with their thoughtful development and implementation of Covid policies. Amenities offered: In previous years, there have been early morning and after school options. Due to the pandemic this year is different. They have a small roof but because of the proximity to the park, they are often outdoors. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Swimming for half day students.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K Survey
    Comment:  Review: Open 5 days a week. They overhauled the classrooms so the windows all open and there's a sink in every classroom. On the other hand, they require the preschoolers to hold each others hands on outside trips rather than grab a rope. Love that they send photos daily - cringe slightly at some of the not-so-socially-distant interactions depicted. Overall very happy we chose this place.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  CBE?
    Comment:  Hi!! We are in the 11am Monday/Tuesday Tots class and haven't had any issues with naps. She normally naps later in the day, so it ends up working out nicely to have lunch and then go down for her (short) nap around 2pm. Btw, our daughter loves the program and coming back from holiday break, was literally trying to knock the door down on Monday to get in because she missed it so much! (February 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  CBE?
    Comment:  We’re in the 11-12:30 class on Thursday/Friday and love it!! Normally my daughter also naps around 12 but she loves school so much I find it’s easy to push it a little later on those days. (February 2020 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Baby swim classes at CBE
    Comment:  For anyone not working [my daughter] and I started the baby swim classes at CBE today. And she loved it. Monday’s at 9.30am for 6months - 1yr. You don’t have to be a member and classes are $25. The water is warm enough and classes are fun with songs and toys. There was just two of us this week and it’s new so wanted to spread the word! https://cbebk.shulcloud.com/aquatics/parent-child-class (November 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  CBE?
    Comment:  [Our daughter] (19 months) is also in the Tots on the Move program at CBE currently and we are also considering the 2’s program next year (she’s in the Monday & Tuesday, 11:30am group). TBH, I just haven’t had time to focus on applying for next year, since I feel like we just finished applying for this year! We would love to meet more families! We joined the temple earlier this year and love being a part of the community. (November 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  CBE?
    Comment:  My 3yo is currently at CBE and I'm planning to enroll my son (16 mos) next year. We love it!. I took [him] to the toddler drop in this week and he liked it so we'll definitely be back over the cold months. (November 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  preschool/nursery part time options
    Comment:  We are going to sign [my son] up for this toddler program at CBE. We are keeping our nanny full time. This is just a socialization class. It's exactly what you mentioned, [member]. https://cbebk.org/early-childhood-center-preschool/babies-and-toddlers/ Terrific Twos is an introduction to the routines of preschool where children can experience playtime, snack, rest, etc. Children work in small groups, negotiate transitions, and make choices in a fully-equipped preschool classroom. Separation is dealt with in a gradual manner. Adults leave the room when the child is ready and remain in the building. I don't believe the Terrific Two's has any Jewish aspects, but the proper 2's, 3's and 4's does. There were a lot of non Jewish kids who go there, if that's a concern. We plan on sending [my son] to the 2's program at CBE but not until September 2020. My 5 year old went there and we loved it. (August 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  preschool/nursery part time options
    Comment:  Our older one attended preschool at Beth Elohim, and it was just the best place for her. It's really a terrific program. She was there at 3+4. They've since added some 2s program. [My younger daughter] is too young -- they follow the school year, so we're off by three weeks, and need four days/week. However, I do think they will take kids who turn 2 in January for their transition program, which is a few hours, a few days a week. I hear the preK Hebrew classes are full, but that there's room in the others. They do touch on Jewish holidays, but you don't have to be JEwish to enroll. It's all Bank Street philosophy, if you're familiar with it. We did try to see if they'd take [my younger daughter] for this year, but they won't let us sneak in. (August 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  We have loved CBE for our 3-year old. It's a play-based, child-led curriculum which is really fun and let's the children pick the "theme" for the semester and focus learning around that theme. For example, my child's class did a pizza shop and learned about shapes, cooking, money, etc all based on this pizza shop theme. We have three children and have now tried out several nursery schools/ preschools in the area and CBE has been hands-down the best school for us. The teachers are loving, supportive and great with communication. We would definitely send our child there again and will be sending our youngest son once he's able to attend. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Great indoor gym spaces and swimming pool … What would you change? We'd love for CBE to be a UPK center/ school!
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Review: We love CBE! Our daughter started in the Tots program, then did 3s and 4s. She has thrived while at CBE and loves her school. We feel lucky to have been a part of the CBE community. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours …
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Review: We've loved our first year (2's program) at CBE. The staff is very engaged and creative. The building and facilities are great. It's a real community and we've enjoyed getting to know the other families. Highly recommend! … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? An earlier start to the school year. Mid September is late and put a crunch on our childcare needs.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Review: She loved her teachers and the friends she made, swimming, art classes, cooking and the themes that emerged in each class like doctors and photography. I would definitely send her there again. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Swimming pool, two different play gyms … What would you change? I felt the phase-in periods took too long, but I understand why they go slowly. Not every child adjusts so quickly at the beginning of the school year.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2019-2020 Year Review
    Comment:  Review: The program is wonderful—child lead nurturing and thoughtful. If I had it to do over again yes I would send my kids there and I would send them there for longer earlier. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? I do wish they had outdoor space.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Preschool recommendations for almost 2s?
    Comment:  The Early Childhood Center at Congregation Beth Elohim will take children that will turn two in that calendar year. (You don't have to be Jewish to go there!) My younger one is in the 3's program now and my older one was there for two years of preschool. The school is fantastic! (December 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Rainy day activities for two 9 month olds!
    Comment:  At that age my kids both loved the tots drop-in center at CBE, it's Tuesday through Friday mornings: https://cbebk.org/early-childhood-center-preschool/babies-and-toddlers/ (November 2019 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool Survey
    Comment:  Project-based Inquiry Learning with two teachers in every classroom. Well organized with specialists such as art, music, swim, library. Curriculum was solid and teachers are highly experienced and qualified. Proximity to the park was a plus and the facility felt like a real school. DETAILS: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Pool, large indoor gym, sensory room, several classrooms What you would change: Align school calendar more with public school calendar.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My daughter has thrived here for the past 2 years (3s and 4s). The curriculum is child-led and the teachers show so much respect for the kids' ideas. There is an amazing art teacher that they see at least once a week and a wonderful music teacher, too. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? I wish it went through all of elementary school!
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My daughter joined the 2s program (5 days a week, 9-12), and she loves it! The school is a wonderful, welcoming community, and being in older building, has a ton of different spaces for activities (an art room, a gym, a sensory room etc..). While the school is a part of CBE, and Jewish tradition and values are promoted, the temple is reformed and all are welcome. I love hearing my daughter tell me about all of her friends, her day's activities, her teachers and the songs she has learned. The teachers send daily emails with recaps of their day and photos. I highly recommend this pre-school. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Great program for little ones to start exploring. Teachers and parents are very involved and the school plans many social events. About the facility: Has early morning hours What would you change? Would love it if they had an outdoor space.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  A warm play based, child led program. This is my son’s 3rd year at the school (he’s in the 4’s) and he’s adored everything. The teachers are really special, communicative and know my son well. We’ve been so happy. The gym space is great for running around, there is swimming once a week for half the year and yoga the other half, and the art program is incredible. The only thing we loathe is having to move on to another school for kindergarten. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  We feel so fortunate that our daughter has attended preschool at CBE. The program is play-based, the teachers are very well-qualified and experienced educators, in addition to being warm and compassionate. They clearly understand and observe the kids very closely, and share nuanced observations with us, which we were impressed and comforted by, as this was the first time our daughter was in a group care setting. They have taken things like separation anxiety, toilet training accidents etc. in stride without us ever feeling shamed, which I know is not always the case in all preschools. Our daughter absolutely loves going to school, has made new friends there, and has learnt a lot of 'academic' things, in addition to social-emotional (she holds her questions to the end of a story and raises her hand to ask - magic!). FWIW, we're not Jewish, and have always felt fully welcome and comfortable. Your kids will come home singing Debbie's super-cute Shabbat songs though :) About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? Nothing at all.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My daughter attended CBE ECC for the 2s program and dual language 3s and will be in dual language 4s next year. We have had a wonderful experience. The teachers have been attentive, responsive and warm. We've appreciated the intelligence with which they've approached our daughter's development and have been impressed by the quality of teachers. In addition, the school offers yoga, swim, music and art. The art teacher is phenomenal and creates interactive, wildly creative projects that my daughter loves. She also loves swimming and has developed a comfort level in the water thanks to her experience. The dual language Hebrew program has also been terrific - my daughter's has built a strong Hebrew comprehension and now sings songs in Hebrew, even though we do not speak Hebrew at home. Last year she attended early bird and aftercare, which allowed us for 8-6 coverage. We have also appreciated the efforts the school makes into nurturing a community spirit - from potlucks, to shabbat dinners, to holiday parties throughout the year, we have built connections with the other families in the school that have been lovely. The administration is thoughtful, responsive and kind and despite it being a big school, it feels like a community. The only caveats I'd mention is that the school closes for Jewish holidays and public school holidays - we've had to supplement with camps, etc... which took a fair bit of adjustment when we came there from a daycare environment. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? Fewer days off. Also, elevators - some of the classrooms require climbing a few sets of stairs
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  you and see the teaching going on through play as my child bring home what she has learned. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change? nothing
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 6 yo Summer 2018 Review: This was our daughter's third year at CBE day camp. She loves everything about it - the counselors, the array of activities on Mon, Wed, Fri (e.g., gymnastics, circus arts, nature walks, swimming, arts and crafts), and the fabulous field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays (e.g., Riis Beach, bowling, ice skating). We love the fact that there is a large pool in the building, that it's a block from Prospect Park for outdoor activities, and that it's so well run.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My son has really enjoyed the 3's program at CBE ECC and he'll be going back for their 4's year (rather than UPK elsewhere). He's been a big fan of the activities, like swimming and yoga, plus the usual music and art; as parents, we really like that they seem to get a good amount of free play time as well. The school is expensive, but what isn't? They are slightly administratively disorganized, but I would imagine that it's about the same amount that most preschools are. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Our experience has been fairly mediocre. There are a lot of issues with the administration, especially related to communications with parents, but also professional development for teachers. While some teachers are wonderful, they also have some very weak teachers that have been on staff for many years. The classroom materials are pretty old and sparse. (Some teachers bring in toys for their classrooms that they find on the street.). It is a large preschool, and children do not have a uniformly wonderful experience - very classroom/teacher dependent. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  My child was in the dual-language (Hebrew) program at Congregation Beth Elohim for 3s and Pre-K. It's an exceptional program with amazing, caring teachers. My son speaks and understands Hebrew despite us not speaking it in the home. He was also at CBE for non-dual-language 2s and that was good too but dual-language is where they shine. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  I love that their curriculum is student-led and play-based. They have a wonderful art and music curriculum, too. About the facility: Has early morning hours What would you change? I wish they provided meals and healthier snacks. It's also a tough program for working parents despite early bird and extended day options.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  It's a very sweet program. It has a Jewish focus, but there are certainly non-Jewish families that send their children there. One downside is that the school is closed for all Jewish holidays (more than the public schools are) and the school year ends significantly earlier than public schools). About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  The dual language program is amazing. My child was speaking confident Hebrew in Pre-K. Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. I would add better after-school programs for Pre-K and generally provide more of a community feel.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten Survey
    Comment:  Adore the program. Teachers are warm and fantastic. Very happy at dual language program. Tom the art teacher is an incredible bonus. Plus the gym has lots of space for kids to run around. Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours. (April 2018 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Thanks, and summary of drop-off playgroup responses
    Comment:  There's a terrific tots program at congregation beth Elohim that caregivers stay in the building but is like a gentle separation class I believe. My older son took the art class they offer which was an hour I think, and some kids we know did the other program which was slightly longer. (October 2017 review)
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    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Thanks, and summary of drop-off playgroup responses
    Comment:  Try CBE. They have a variety of programs for young kids, drop in and not. I believe they'll start up again in the late fall after the holidays. It's cbebk.com (October 2017 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  [PSPTweens] Bat mitzvah spaces
    Comment:  And, I know it's weird to do a bat mitzvah in a church, but Old First also rents space, as does Beth Elohim. (July 2017 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  [PSPTweens] Bat mitzvah spaces
    Comment:  CBE has a nice space too (July 2017 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  [PSPTweens] Bat mitzvah spaces
    Comment:  Beth Elohim- For 100 people you could probably just use the lounge downstairs, which is less pricey. (July 2017 review)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Program Name: Ha'Geemnasia Hebrew Summer Camp at CBE Review: Kids got to attend all the trips that the regular CBE camp attends (2x/week), learn and/or practice Hebrew, and take a summer-long "virtual trip" to Israel, learning about the different cities, environments, people, etc. I appreciated the fact that my child got to learn something and experience a new culture while still having a typical neighborhood summer day camp experience. My kid can now count to 10 in Hebrew, knows basic greetings, and sings a bunch of Israeli songs. Lunch provided on "Pizza Wednesday" which was a big hit. Swimming 3x/week. Kabbalat Shabbat for the kids on Fridays, which parents can attend. Small class size was fantastic, since my kid is in a large group all year at school. Good hours: 9am-5pm; early bird and late bird (8am-6pm) provided for an extra fee. Warm and welcoming counselors. If you could change anything, what would it be? Nothing. When I saw the list of all the fun activities and trips they were taking, I wanted to sign myself up for summer camp. :-) Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Our son liked camp because he's a funloving and outgoing guy, but we were very unimpressed with the lackadaisical, irresponsible and uninspired camp counselors. We were also very unimpressed with the camp administrator, Bobbie Finkelstein who was unresponsive and stand-offish to our concerns. If you could change anything, what would it be? I'd hire new management and institute a policy that prioritized hiring personable and motivated counselors. Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  My kid adored the counselors, as well as swim, gymnastics, choices (gardening, Legos). The field trips were great. Enrollment dropped significantly in August and her group was combined with another, and that was hard for my child to acclimate to. If you could change anything, what would it be? Better communication with parents via email. Age of child: 5 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 05-Jul-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  This is my 7 year old sons third year at CBE, he loves it more every year. He loves the trips, being around best friends from school all day and sports. It was mg 5 year old daughters first year. I feel the days are too long for kids that young, it goes until 5pm. She's had a great time and loves cooking and gymnastics and has a lot of neighborhood friends in her group as welll. If you could change anything, what would it be? I would make an optional 3pm pick up for younger campers. Would also make an after lunch rest period for campers younger than rising 2nd graders, I think they need it. Age of child: 5 and 7 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
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