InSiteFul Journey: What do we do outside? Exploring Outdoor Play at Huntington Jewish Center's Early Childhood Center

May 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
In Person: Huntington Jewish Center's Early Childhood Center

In this InSiteFul journey, we’ll learn about the multiple distinct outdoor play spaces at Huntington Jewish Center’s Early Childhood Center. We'll learn from Ilene Brown, Director of the school, about the intentionality behind each space.

Sasha Kopp, Senior Director of Education for ElevatEd, will lead us in an introduction to teaching outdoors and using the environment as the third teacher. We’ll reflect on how we can take our learnings from Huntington Jewish Center’s ECC back to our own workplaces.

About In-SITE-ful Journeys

In-SITE-ful Journeys engage and connect colleagues through “site visits” to area schools, virtual learning opportunities, and field trips. Site visits allow educators to observe schools in session or tour other educational settings where leaders are paving the way towards innovative practices in early childhood education and engagement with families. In-SITE-ful Journeys inspire educators to consider their role in creating transformative Jewish experiences and environments where children and families can thrive. 

For additional information or if you have questions, please reach out to Amy Martin.

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Sasha Kopp
Sasha Kopp

Sasha Kopp is the senior director, education and engagement for ElevatEd. She previously worked as a senior consultant for early childhood and family engagement for The Jewish Education Project. She also has worked directly in early childhood programs, most recently as the assistant early childhood director at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education studies at Brandeis University and two master’s degrees, one in Jewish education and one in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Kopp teaches workshops on topics relevant to early childhood Jewish education, including fostering social-emotional development, creativity, and engaging in the outdoors. She connects with early childhood educators across the country and supports the professionalization of the field. Sasha is a fused glass artist and runs mezuzah making workshops across the country.

Amy Martin
Amy Martin

Amy Martin is the Senior Manager of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement at The Jewish Education Project.

Amy most recently served as the Family Engagement Director at Central Synagogue. Over the course of her career, Amy has experience as a teacher in day schools, early childhood, and congregational settings. Amy is passionate about supporting educators to be reflective practitioners and has served as a teacher mentor for day school, congregational school, and nursery school educators. She has participated as a Fellow in both the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and M2: Institute of Experiential Jewish Education. Amy received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.




  • Educator Training
  • Early Childhood