5778 Torah La'am and Family Calendar 2017-2018

This calendar includes many opportunities for all BAS families--reach out to BAS families to join you in these programs!  

Please put events for your family in your calendar to save the dates.

TORAH LA'AM is our BAS K-12 Jewish education program. 
Unless otherwise noted in this calendar:

  • Grades K-6 have class on Sundays from 9-11:30am.
  • Grades 2-6 also have class on Wednesdays from 4-6pm.
  • Grades 7-12 have class on Mondays from 6-8pm.
  • 7th graders also participate in the Rabbi's Mitzvah class on Sundays as noted.

Please contact the office with any questions:
Abby Reiken, Education Director, 914-946-8851 x103
Jennifer Troup, School Secretary, 914-946-8851 x105

Click on the month:
OCT  NOV  DEC  JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY

SEPTEMBER

Wed

6

4-6pm Grades K-6 Teachers’ Meeting (with Grades K-6 Madrichim/Teen Aides from 5:30-6pm) in the Beit Midrash

6-7pm Grades K-6 Madrichim/Teen Aides meet with May in the downstairs library—pizza dinner provided

Sat 9 "See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

 

Sun

 

10

First Day of Classes for Grades K-6:

9-9:20am Parents will bring their children to their classes to meet the teachers and teen aides.

9:20-9:50am Parent Welcome in the Simcha Room with Abby Reiken and Rabbi Bronstein. The rabbi will introduce Lily Nagy-Deak, who will work with us on family outreach this year.

9:50-11:30am Coffee & Bagels in the Simcha Room—Parents are welcome to stay, schmooze, and meet Lily and PTA & School Board members.

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Bet Amateurs (BAS Youth Theater) Auditions for Grades 6-12 between noon-3pm.  Email betamateurs2017@gmail.com to sign up for an audition.

Mon

11

First Day of Classes for Grades 7-12 from 6-8pm with BBQ dinner

Sun

17

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

BAS High Holy Day Chair Set Up in the Tent at 11:30am—pizza served, all ages welcome to join the community to set up chairs

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. We'll help with the chair set up in the tent, then continue with the youth event. RSVP by 9/13 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Wed

20

No Classes—Erev Rosh Hashanah, Click here for ways to enrich your family's Rosh Hashanah.

Thurs, Fri

21,22

9:30-10:30am Rosh Hashanah Family Service with Rabbi Bronstein in the Sanctuary

10:30am-12:30pm Children’s activities in various locations

Sun

24

Program Chevra Fair from 9-11:30am in the Simcha Room: Parents, while your children are in classes, check out the variety of BAS groups in which you can participate.

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

All BAS Families invited to a Family Picnic at 11:30am in the garden--Bring your dairy lunches and a blanket, and we’ll supply balls, bubbles and treats. If raining, we’ll meet inside.

Mon 25

PARENTS OF 10TH-12TH GRADERS are invited to study texts:

6-6:40pm      Parents of 10th-12th graders are welcome to join our DHH pizza dinner.

6:40-7:40pm    Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Director of Education at Pardes, will lead a text study session about the High Holy Days with the 10th-12th graders, while Rabbi Bronstein teaches the same content to their parents.  (Rabba Epstein led a highly successful text study with our teens last winter.)

7:40-8pm         Rabba Epstein and Rabbi Bronstein will gather the10th-12th graders and parents to share what they learned.

Parents: contact Abby Reiken for more information and to RSVP for pizza at 6pm and/or text study at 6:40pm.

Fri

29

Kol Nidrey in the Tent

Sat

30

9:30-10:30am Yom Kippur Family Service with Rabbi Bronstein in the Sanctuary

10:30am-12:30pm Children’s activities in various locations

Neilah Service

OCTOBER

Sun 1

11:30am-12:30pm Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12--new and prospective Tizmoret members welcome!  Bring your instruments.  Meet in room 3.

Wed

4

Torah La’am grades 2-6 Sukkot program from 4-5:30pm. 
Rabbi Bronstein will lead a grades 2-6 Erev Sukkot Service from 5:30-6pm, families welcome.

Erev Sukkot--Click here for ways to enrich your family's celebration of Sukkot--also see the attachment at the bottom of this link. 

Fri

6

Family Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate children and parents. Following this service is our popular Shabbat Potluck dinner.  For this Sukkot dinner, we'll enjoy dessert in the BAS Sukkah.  Come and see the Sukkah decorations that the children made in Torah La'am!  Upcoming dinner dates: 12/8/17, 2/2/18, 3/16/18, 4/27/18

Sun

8

Israeli dancing in the Sanctuary to prepare for Simchat Torah—Parents welcome to join their children.
10-10:25am Grades 3&6 
10:30-10:55am Grades 2&5
11-11:30am Grades K,1,4

11:30am-12:30pm Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12--new and prospective Tizmoret members welcome!  Bring your instruments.  Meet in room 3.

Mon

9

All BAS 7th-12th graders are invited for a Teen Sukkot Dinner with Rabbi Bronstein and Abby Reiken from 6-8pm.  

Wed

11

Torah La’am grades 2-6 with Hoshanah Rabbah program from 4-6pm

Erev Shemini Atzeret

Thurs

12

BAS Simchat Torah Service at 7pm--incredible experience for your whole family, children are surrounded by unrolled Torah, Israeli dancing

Sun

15

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm.  Students will work with BAS member and artist Iris Levine on decorating a tzedakah box with fused glass.  RSVP by 10/11 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Sat

21

Shabbat No’ar (Youth Service): Children of all ages are invited to learn about the story of Noah and the ark. The Nature of Things will visit with live animals to teach us about caring for animals.

"See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun

22

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Mon

23

7th grade Yad Project during class time.

Sun

29

Torah La’am Grades K,1,&4 and Parents Chaverim Program from 9-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3--new and prospective Tizmoret members welcome!  Bring your instruments.  

NOVEMBER

Sat

4

6th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

5

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 2 (different location for today only)

Sat

11

5th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

12

Torah La'am Grades K&1 make challah for the 12/8 dinner. Parents welcome. 9:25-9:45am Kitah Alef, 10:25-10:45am Torah Lataf

Grades K&1 Parents Coffee & Shmooze 9:15-10:30am: K&1 Parents are invited to stop by Activity Room 2 to meet other parents.

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Shirah/Tefillah in the Sanctuary from 11-11:30am. Parents welcome.

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. RSVP by 11/8 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Sat 18 See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun

19

Torah La'am Grades 3&6 Chaverim and Parents Program from 9-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Wed-Sun

22-26

No Classes—Thanksgiving

Check out this great resource written by BAS member Idie Benjamin: What is Jewish About Thanksgiving?

DECEMBER

Sun

3

No Classes—BAS Craft Show

Fri

8

Family Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate children and parents. Following this service is our popular Shabbat Potluck dinner. For this dinner, we'll enjoy challah made by Torah La'am K&1 students. Upcoming dinner dates: 2/2/18, 3/16/18, 4/27/18

Sat 9 Bet Amateurs (BAS Youth Theater) Performance at 7pm in the Beit Midrash

Sun

10

Torah La'am Grades 2&5 Chaverim and Parents Program from 9-11:30am

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Kitah Vav Tzedakah Fundraiser during class time and dismissal

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Bet Amateurs (BAS Youth Theater) Performances in the afternoon and evening

Wed

13

BAS Community Chanukah Candle-lighting 5:30-6pm in the Beit Midrash with Rabbi Bronstein (Grades 2-6 will attend.)

Sat

16

4th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

17

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for 7th graders and their parents from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Grades K-6 Chanukah Assembly in the Sanctuary from 10:45-11:30am. Tizmoret (youth band) will perform, we'll sing Chanukah songs, PTA and class parents will give gifts to teachers and madrichim. Families welcome to attend.

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. RSVP by 12/13 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Sat  23 "See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun-Sun

24-31

No Classes—Winter Vacation

JANUARY

Mon

1

No Classes—Winter Vacation

Sun

7

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Shirah/Tefillah in the Simcha Room from 11-11:30am. Parents welcome.

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Sun, Mon

14,15

No Classes—MLK weekend

Mon

15

Meals in a Jar BAS Community Project for all ages from 10-11:30am. Help assemble meals in jars for local people in need. 

Sun

21

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Torah La'am Kitah Alef and Parents Havdallah Program from 11-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. RSVP by 1/17 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Sat

27

Kitah Bet will share what they learned about the "Splitting of the Sea" during Shabbat No’ar, our youth service—Families invited.

See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming

Sun

28

Kitah Vav Parents invited to see Piven-inspired Exhibit from 11:10-11:30am in the Round Room

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Wed

31

Tu B’Shevat--Click here to discover ways to celebrate Tu B'Shevat with your family.

FEBRUARY

Fri

2

Family Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate children and parents. Following this service is our popular Shabbat Potluck dinner.  Upcoming dinner dates: 3/16/18, 4/27/18

Sat

3

5th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

4

Torah La'am 3rd Graders and Parents Siddur Program from 9-11:30am (We'll join whole school tefillah at 11am.)

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Shirah/Tefillah in the Simcha Room from 11-11:30am. Parents welcome.

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Sat

10

4th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

11

B'nai Mitzvah Meeting for Parents of 6th graders from 10-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. RSVP by 2/7 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen 

Sat 17 "See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun-Sun

18-25

No Classes—February Vacation

Wed

28

No Classes—Erev Purim

Family Megillah Reading 6:30-7:30pm in the Simcha Room—4th-6th graders invited to read Megillah, sign up in advance with Abby Reiken
Come in costume! 

Adult Purim Spiel 8pm in the Sanctuary

MARCH

Sun

4

PURIM FEST--Come in costume!

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Parents can drop their children off at 9am, then return at 9:45am, or stay for coffee and shmoozing in the Sanctuary.

9-9:15am        Torah La'am grades K&1 go to class, Grades 2-6 set up their games in the Simcha Room.

9:15-9:45am   Torah La'am grades K-6 have Purim Seudot/Feasts with their Chaverim.  

Parents supervise their children from 9:45am-11:30am.

9:45-10:05am   All BAS families invited for Purim Shirim/Songs in the Sanctuary.

10:05-11:15am  Games in the Simcha Room.  Food, Art, Tzedakah Projects, Prize Table, Early Childhood Activities in the Sanctuary.

11:15-11:30am  Grades 2-6 clean up games in the Simcha Room.  Food, Art, Tzedakah Projects, Prize Table in hallway and Sanctuary.

Sun

11

Torah La'am 4th Graders and Parents Program from 9-11:30am in the Simcha Room.

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for Spring Group from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Fri

16

Family Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate children and parents. Following this service is our popular Shabbat Potluck dinner.  At this dinner you are welcome to bring a Shabbat ritual object from home to decorate the tables. We'll also decorate the tables with vases and Shabbat candle holders that Torah La’am 2nd and 3rd graders made in class. Next dinner: 4/27/18

Sun

18

5th graders deliver Passover packages to homebound, elderly Bronx residents with Bronx Jewish Community Council Project Hope during class time, parent drivers/chaperones needed.

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for Spring Group from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Sat

24

3rd Graders will lead prayers and 6th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

"See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun

25

Rabbi's Mitzvah Class for Spring Group from 9:50-11:30am in the Beit Midrash

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Shirah/Tefillah from 11-11:30am in the Sanctuary. Parents welcome to attend.

Youth Event for 4th-7th graders from 11:30am-1pm. RSVP by 3/21 to Youth Coordinator Lori Cohen

APRIL

Sun-Sun

1-8

No Classes—Pesach, Click here for ways to enrich your Pesach celebrations at home.

Mon 9 DHH Yom Hashoah Program: Holocaust survivor Helga Luden will speak to 7th-12th graders from 6:45-7:45pm.

Sat

14

5th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

"See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

Sun

15

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Wed

18

Torah La'am Grades 2-6: Wear blue and white today for our Israel programs!

Sun

22

Torah La'am Grades K-6 Open House—please encourage prospective parents to attend

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Fri

27

Family Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate children and parents. Following this service is our popular Shabbat Potluck dinner.  At this dinner, the desserts will be made by 4th-6th graders, and 4thgraders will lead the Kiddush with their new Kiddush cups that they decorated.

Sun

29

All BAS Families invited to a Lag B’Omer Family Picnic at 11:30am outside—bring your dairy lunch and blanket, we’ll supply balls, bubbles and treats, in the hallway outside the Sanctuary if raining

MAY

Sat

5

6th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

Sun

6

2nd Graders & Parents Trip to Lower East Side for Museum at Eldridge Street All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

Shorashim program for babies to pre-K and parents from 10:30-11:30am in the Simcha Room

Tizmoret (Youth Band) for grades 4-12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in room 3

Sat

12

4th Graders will read Torah in Shabbat No’ar. Families are invited.

"See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming

Sun

13

Mother’s Day, Yom Yerushalayim

Grades K-6 Final Day of Classes

Playgroup for parents/caregivers with babies and toddlers from 9:15-10:30am in Activity Room 1.

Torah La'am End of Year Assembly 10:30-11:30am in Simcha Room, Tizmoret (Youth Band) plays, students sing songs, classes share 3 highlights of the year and where they are donating their class tzedakah. Families invited. PTA and Class Parents distribute gifts to teachers and madrichim.

Mon

14

DHH Final Program for Grades 7-12

JUNE
Sat 9 "See you at synagogue!" Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush together. Build connections with the BAS community. Children are always welcome in the sanctuary. Click here for more information about family programming.

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