Family Programming

Bet Am Shalom invites children and their families to any of the programs below. Please scroll down.

Click here to contact our Family Programming co-chairs with questions.

Shorashim ("Roots")

Shorashim is a monthly Sunday morning program for children 0-5 and their parents. The program meets from 10:30-11:30 AM and brings to life a different Jewish holiday or theme with age-appropriate cooking projects, arts & crafts, stories, songs and other activities. Parents enjoy time bonding with their children in a Jewish setting and meeting other parents with young children. Shorashim is free and open to BAS members and non-members. No reservations are necessary. Please join us!

September 17    Rosh Hashanah
October 15         Noah's Ark
November 12     Shabbat
December 17     Chanukah

January 21        Tu B'Shevat
February 11       Tzedakah
March 4             Purim Fest
April 22              Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
May 6                 Shavuot

Chaverim Playgroup

Our infant and preschool playgroup for children 0-5 with parents, grandparents and caregivers meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:30 AM. Members and non-members are welcome.

2017-2018 dates: 9/24/17, 10/29/17, 11/19/17, 12/10/17, 1/7/18, 2/4/18, 3/11/18, 4/15/18, 5/13/18

Shabbat Kulanu: All-Congregation Family Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck

"Kulanu," meaning "all of us" in Hebrew, captures the feeling of togetherness that we experience on Friday night when we join as a community to pray, eat, and schmooze.

Our Rabbi and Cantor “tweak” our already-family-friendly Shabbat eve service to accommodate young children and parents. Lots of singing, and freedom to get up and wander around! Following the service is our ever-popular Shabbat potluck dinner, with more singing and moving around!

2017-2018 dates: 10/6/17 (“Pizza in the Hut"), 12/8/17, 2/2/18, 3/16/18, 4/27/18

"See You at Synagogue!"

Reach out to your friends to attend our regular Shabbat services and Kiddush lunch together.  Come any time in the morning and build connections with the BAS community.  As always, children are welcome in the sanctuary.

2017-2018 dates: 9/9/17, 10/21/17, 11/18/17, 12/23/17, 1/27/18, 2/17/18, 3/24/18, 4/14/18, 5/12/18, 6/2/18

Shabbat with Young Children

Children are always welcome to join us at Shabbat services in the sanctuary. If being in the sanctuary becomes difficult for very young children, we offer babysitting every Shabbat morning for children ages two to six. This free service is open from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM or the end of the service. Our sitter is selected and supervised by our congregants with young children. This is a safe and warm space for young children to be while their parents are engaged in prayer.

There is a rug set up in the main sanctuary for young children and their families to sit during the morning service. Books and Shabbat-appropriate toys are nearby as well. At Kiddush we have a small table and chairs set up for kids to sit at and enjoy food and drink together with other children.

In the spirit of Shabbat, the rabbi requests that families refrain from bringing crayons or other writing materials for your children to play with on Friday nights and Saturdays.

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