Julie Eisman Levy
B.A. in Judaic Studies and Elementary Education, 1999
Director at Temple Israel Susan and Harold Loss Early Childhood Center
Describe your job responsibilities:
As the Director of the Early Childhood Center at the Susan and Rabbi Harold Loss Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel, in West Bloomfield Michigan, I am responsible for providing developmentally appropriate experiences for 250 children, ages 0-6. We provide year-long opportunities for children and their families to learn, to embrace, and to internalize the fundamentals of education and Judaism.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part of my work is the opportunity to work with incredible families, inquisitive children, and innovative teachers. There is something special about being a part of a child’s early years and education. In addition, playing an integral part in the relationships that are built at such a formidable time in a child’s and family’s life is overwhelmingly rewarding.
How did your education at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies prepare you for your current job?
Studying as an undergraduate student at the Frankel Center gave me both the foundation and personal experiences I use in my everyday life. I originally took classes through the Frankel Center to fulfill my desire and passion for learning and understanding Judaism further. Yet, with each class that I took I wanted to take more. My interest became a passion and now it is a part of my everyday life. A passion that I get to instill into future generations.
Who are some of the UM professors who inspired you?
Professors Brian Schmidt, Elliot Ginsburg, Ralph Williams, and Deborah Ball were instrumental in synthesizing information and inspiring me to think critically and see a larger connection between history, culture, and traditions to modern life. In addition, these professors instilled the desire to continue learning past graduation, which enabled me to participate in multiple Jewish Education Fellowships.
What advice would you give to students who are considering studying Judaic Studies?
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies gave me the opportunity to turn my curiosity and passion into a lifelong career. I encourage anyone interested in Judaic Studies to capitalize on the incredible resources, faculty, and opportunities that are available through the Frankel Center.