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On Shabbat:Tot Shabbat crop

Attending Shabbat services is a tremendously important part of every child’s Jewish education! Here are some reasons why:

  • Community building can’t be fully successful until it happens outside of the classroom. Socializing together as a community on Shabbat is essential.
  • Students who are most prepared for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah are the ones that come regularly on Shabbat and are familiar with how our specific service runs.

Check out our fabulous Shabbat programming for kids!

  • ChallahPalooza: For preschoolers and their parents, an interactive Shabbat playtime with mini-service, songs, stories and games. 11:00 am Shabbat morning in the Early Childhood Center. ChallahzPalooza is facilitated by our Early Childhood Coordinator.
  • Mini Minyan for K-2nd: Led By Debbie Mehlman, family service featuring a new siddur with experiential activities for families.
  • Junior Congregation for 3rd-6th: This is a student centered service that will have a different theme each month including: Apples to Apples, Candyland Tefillah and Jewpardy Tefillah!
  • 7th Grade Shabbat Experience: Each service will feature a different specific Judaic theme, leadership skills, and Donuts!

All Children’s services are on the same Shabbat and once a month.  After each service there will be an organized social activity.

The following is the Shabbat attendance goals for each grade. Every student who meets their grade specific goals will be invited to “Yogurtland Day” and will receive a certificate on the bimah at the end of the year. Service attendance credit begins with services on Friday, August 28th 2015.
K-2nd Grade – 6 Services       4th Grade – 8 services       6th Grade – 10 services
3rd Grade -7 services              5th Grade – 9 services       7th Grade – 11 services

Family Holiday Services

The significance of each holiday is celebrated joyously with appropriate prayers, stories, and holiday-appropriate activities.

CONTACT  Director of Congregational Learning, with any questions about Youth and Family services:  (860) 233-2774