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HEART K-12 Education —

At HEA your children will find their Jewish HEART space, their way. HEART is a vital part of continuing the heartbeat of the essence of Jewish Life through the central tenets of Judaism, sacred clusters of core values and a Heart to Heart intergenerational-shared mission.  We look forward to current and future generations finding their HEART center with HEA.

Amanda Eckert, HEA Education Director

HEA and the HEArt program are excited to share that Amanda Eckert will be joining the HEA staff on Monday, August 1 as the Education Director. We would like to thank Joyce Raynor for being our interim Director of Religious School these past few months.

Amanda Eckert (she/her/hers) has worked in the educational programming field for 10 years. She currently serves as the Youth Program Manager for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, and leads a statewide team that provides Girl Scouts programming to communities that have historically had limited or no access to the program (i.e. juvenile correction  facilities, family shelters, Special Education classrooms). Amanda develops state and national partnerships with organizations to diversify programming opportunities and supports staff professional development. Previously, Amanda participated as a Teach for America corp member as a Special Education teacher and team lead in various Denver Public Schools for 5 years. She received her master’s in Urban Education from the University of Colorado in 2015.

Looking for a creative outlet, Amanda was drawn to improv. She has performed as a member of several improv groups and has taught classes on improv. In addition to her work at the Girl Scouts of Colorado, she is currently the Assistant Education Director for Rise Comedy, the improv theater she performs at. What Amanda loves most about improv is how the skills are translatable to real life: creative problem solving, team building, and being ready for a change of plans.

Amanda has a drive for education and Jewish communities and loves working with children and families. She grew up in a Conservative household outside of Albany, New York, where the synagogue was a second home. She was an active participant in youth activities and visited Israel 5 times. Amanda is enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring her two passions together: education and Judaism.

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HEART Mission —

The Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) understands that our continuation as a community, as a people, and as a faith, depends on the next generation’s commitment to Judaism. HEART is a vibrant, engaging program tailored to suit the needs of our HEA families and provide a strong Jewish educational foundation. We strive to instill in our children a love and appreciation for everything Jewish. In today’s world we face challenges that demand a wholesome approach to child development. Our goal is to anchor your child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth to Judaism—with the values and ethical living reflected in our traditions.

HEART’s mission is to support your children to build strength of character with compassion and tolerance from Preschool to Chai School and beyond. Our classes and curriculum are designed to promote a sense of pride and belonging in our Jewish community.

For the Love of Judaism —

It is the Torah that brings us into the synagogue. It is our education that sends us into the world.

"The more Torah, the more life, the more schooling, the more wisdom.” (Pirke Avot)

Today's Religious School looks very different from the Hebrew School of the past. New approaches, flexible timeframes and innovative teaching and learning methods are all part of this exciting Jewish learning experience.

HEA is proud to offer a modern approach…Hebrew Educational Alliance Ruach & Torah.


HEART Core Curriculum —

Our HEART program consists of 5 chambers: Sunday School (K to 5), Hebrew School (grades 4-6), Mensch Academy (grades 6-7), and HEA Youth Group Programs. At HEA your children will find their HEART space. HEART is a vital part of continuing the heartbeat of the essence of Jewish Life through the central tenets of Judaism, sacred clusters of core values and a Heart to Heart intergenerational-shared mission. We look forward to current and future generations finding their HEART center with HEA.

This Fall, HEART will proudly offer the ShalomLearningTM program for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Through the lens of mitzvot and values, HEART will teach and emphasize Jewish identity, pride, prayers, spirituality, Hebrew and a connection to Israel through this engaging curriculum.

Who we are and Why choose us

- Building Jewish COMMUNITY with kids and their families

- Inspiring kids to practice Jewish VALUES and actively participate in their Judaism

- Teaching HEBREW and meaningful Jewish content in fun and multi-dimensional ways

What makes us different?

- An experience that fosters Jewish community beyond religious school

- A curriculum that reaches kids in the way they learn best Interactions with the dynamic synagogue community and the practice of Tikkun Olam

- Foster learning about traditions, holidays, mitzvot and our core Jewish values

- Intergenerational programming and involvement

At the HEART of it All —

Rabbi Joyce Raynor

Interim Director of Education


Phone: (720) 390-4430

Joyce Raynor grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BA in Hebraic Studies from Rutgers University. She attended rabbinical school at the University of Judaism (currently the American Jewish University) before the Conservative Movement ordained women and accordingly received an MA in rabbinic literature. Years later, Joyce decided to complete her rabbinical studies and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She also holds a PhD from Duke University’s Department of Religion. Joyce has served on Duke’s staff at archaeological excavations in ancient Galilean synagogues and Tzippori. She has worked as a curator at the Israel Museum and the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. Since her return from Israel, she has worked at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ as a Judaics teacher, high school principal and head of school. Following her 10 th year as head of school, Joyce served as head of school at the Dr Miriam and Sheldon G Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas.

Jennifer Zucker

Assistant Director of Education and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator


Phone: (720) 390-4430

Jenn holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Miami and recently completed two additional certificates: Project Management (2019) and Event Management (2020). Jenn has always volunteered within Jewish education and Jewish organizations. Starting as a teen teacher’s aide in religious school, she also taught 1st grade and 8th grade religious classes in Houston, TX and was a constant figure on the HEA Preschool Parent Committee for 8 years and on the Religious School Parent Committee for 10 years. In 2018, Jenn jumped back into the nonprofit world and ultimately landed again at the HEA on the Education team. A member of the HEA for 20 years, Jenn bakes challah and is the 2006 HEA Sisterhood Kugel Cook-Off winner.


Contact Us —

If you have questions about our program, need forms, pricing information, or would like to set an appointment for a school visit please call Jenn Zucker in the Religious School office.

Hebrew Educational Alliance Preschool
3600 S Ivanhoe St, Denver, CO 80237-1196
Telephone: (720) 390-4430 



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