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, meaning "roots" in Hebrew, is our free monthly program for children 0-5 and their parents. When we meet in person, the program 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 open to BAS members and non-members. Please join us!  

We are creating new ways to connect families through online and in-person programs, as well as emails with music videos and resources for upcoming holidays. 

Email Education Director Abby Reiken for more information and to receive updates about Shorashim programs and holiday emails.

Upcoming 2021 Shorashim programs:

  • 2/28     Purim
  • 3/21     Passover
  • 4/11     Israel
  • 5/16     Shavuot

Shabbat Kulanu: Congregational Kabbalat Shabbat & Potluck Dinner

"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!

Rabbi Bronstein leads 3rd-6th graders in learning Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening) prayers from 5:40-6pm on Wednesdays once a month.  This prepares students to participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services, including the Shabbat Kulanu programs. 

2021 dates TBD

Shabbat with Young Children

When we resume our in-person services, 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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