Lena Abramov immigrated to Canada – to Winnipeg, initially – from Israel in 2008 with her husband and two children.
Born in Kiev, the Ukraine, she moved as a teenager to Israel in 1993, where she acquired a Bachelor of Education at Oranim College, one of the leading schools for educators in Israel.
She went on to open and run a successful and well-regarded daycare in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat-Yam for eight years.
In Canada she acquired an ECE Certificate both in Manitoba and in B.C.
In 2011 she and her family moved to Victoria, and Congregation Emanu-El gladly accepted her offer to re-establish the preschool that used to exist at the synagogue annexe. Shalom Daycare was launched September that year.

Shoshana Litman: Storytime provides fun, inspiring stories each week from gifted Jewish and secular authors as well as her own imagination. Her stories, both told and read, encourage respect, imagination and delight. She also provides sing-a-long action songs to get kids moving and dancing for joy.
Shoshana Litman received ordination as a Maggidah (Jewish storyteller and teacher) from Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum of Brooklyn in May 2008. She provides popular Storytimes for preschoolers every Wednesday morning at Tall Tales Books in Victoria as well as Tale Time Fun Indoor Parties with Par-T-Perfect. She performs Musical Storytelling Programs with World Folk duo, Kouskous, has told Jewish holiday stories on CBC radio and toured Quebec during the TD Childrens Book Tour in May 2012. Please visit Shoshana's website for more information at, email her, or call 250-388-0780.

Nejama Ferstman: Music & Movement
Bachelor of Music Therapy
Music Therapist Music teacher, facilitator, enthusiast
Enthusiastic about sharing a love of music, movement, dance and stories with children, young adults and golden agers alike, Nejama uses meaningful musical interactions which engage the participant while supporting his cognitive and affective growth. Nejama is skilled at adapting musical repertoire and activities to suit the needs and tastes of the population she is working with.

  • Fingerplays: Simple rhythmical songs with actions for fingers, hands, and other parts of the body

  • Singalong songs

  • Movement to music

  • Rhythm orchestra: Using hand-held percussive instruments, children learn about taking turns, following a leader, keeping time with others, and the joy of creating music together.

  • Musical Stories: Children's literature that invites participation with the following literary devices: rhyme, rhythm, cumulative verse and song.