Established by Abraham Rabinovitch, the founder of Moriah College, Mount Zion Early Learning Centre has been educating Jewish children since 1964.
Mount Zion is overseen by independent Board of Trustees comprising Prof. Leon Simons (Chair), Mr Michael Greenfield, Dr Liliane Goodman, Dr Sue Morris and Ms Shoshana Eisner.
Mount Zion is like an extension of your own home where you feel belonging – and an introduction to your ‘second’ family.
Our Early Learning Centre is home to a genuine, authentic, warm and caring environment.
It has the noise, the laughter, the caring, the sharing and the familiarity that comes from being in a safe and comforting familiar place. It’s a place where you can feel the family spirit.
At the end of the day – and at the start of each and every day – this is what drives our culture and our behaviour.
From the Board through to the managers and most importantly, inculcated within our educators, who have the care and preparation for each child’s transition to primary level at the very heart of their role.
Mount Zion War Memorial Kindergarten opened at our current site on Bondi Road on March 1, 1964. It was founded by Abraham Rabinovitch, the founder of Moriah College, to provide additional facilities for Jewish education in Sydney. The preschool was endowed in honour of his wife, Chaya Sarah Rabinovitch.
Mount Zion was established under the leadership of Sheila Catterall, who had already been appointed Head of Moriah Pre-schools in 1955. Sheila Catterall spent 32 years in this position, being ably assisted by the first Chairperson of the Mount Zion Trust, Percy Simons. Under this strong leadership, the preschool flourished with an enhanced educational, Hebrew and Jewish Studies program.
Sheila Catterall was succeeded in 1988 by Rose Fekete who continued our growth and development until 2004, being ably assisted by the second chairperson of the Mount Zion Trust, Shya Redelman.
In 2006, with increasing enrolments and an ongoing desire to maintain the highest standards, the current trustees purchased an adjoining property on Bondi Road, enabling the campus to be enlarged and completely transformed.