ShopRite Sets Up Shop in Shalom Yeladim Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center

WHAT:           In preparation for the anticipated November grand opening of ShopRite of Greater Morristown, Village Super Market, Inc., which owns this store, has donated all the necessary materials for the Shalom Yeladim Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center’s very own “littlest” ShopRite. The learning center is a program of the Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael.  The learning center’s store will be located in the early childhood education section of the Morristown Jewish Center. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new pint-sized ShopRite is scheduled for Monday, September 30th at 9:30 a.m.

Fern Spitzer, co-president of the board of directors for Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael contacted Village Super Market to request ShopRite’s assistance with teaching her preschoolers the fundamentals of grocery shopping as well as reading readiness and math skills. In response, the company donated empty food containers, price labels, play fruit and vegetables in produce baskets, ShopRite signage, and paper bags so that the children can play shop and bag their own groceries.

In addition to donating the preschool store supplies, ShopRite’s own registered dietitian Jessica Guarnieri will teach students, staff, parents, and synagogue members about proper diet and nutrition throughout the school year. 

WHEN:           Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:        Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael

Shalom Yeladim – Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center

177 Speedwell Avenue

Morristown, NJ 07960


Timothy P. Dougherty, Mayor of Morristown

Amanda Fischer, Director of Business Relations from Village Super Market, Inc.

Jessica Guarnieri, RD, retail dietitian at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown

Fern Spitzer, Co-president of the Board of Directors for Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael

Visual: Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty and preschoolers cut the ribbon on their new miniature ShopRite “supermarket” in their early childhood education building.

About the Shalom Yeladim - Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center

Shalom Yeladim – The Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center is a program of the Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael. We were formed for thedual purposes of serving as an outreach to the Jewish community and, along with the family, reinforcing Jewish traditions and customs practiced at home. Our synagogue is affiliated with United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. We are licensed by the State of New Jersey. Our school is designed to provide a particular and unique experience for Jewish preschoolers and kindergarteners. We were created as an alternative to other large-school, large class nursery programs available in Morris County. Class size is restricted not by licensing requirements but by our knowledge of the needs of young children. We know that love of learning and intellectual acuity flourishes in surroundings that are safe, nurturing, stimulating and inviting. The ability to learn follows naturally from the development of social, emotional and physical skills. Every school activity is planned with these goals in mind. We have developed routines that are safe and reassuring, and promote sharing and camaraderie among our students. Each teacher is familiar with each child, and each child becomes familiar with every adult on staff.  For more information call 973-538-8284.