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

Shorashim, meaning "roots" in Hebrew, 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!  Questions about Shorashim?  Contact Education Director Abby Reiken.

2019-2020 dates:

September 15: Rosh Hashanah
October 13: Sukkot
November 10: Tzedakah
December 15: Chanukah
January 12: Shabbat
February 9: Tu B'Shevat
March 8: Purim Fest
March 29: Pesach
May 3: Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

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 will lead 3rd-6th graders in learning Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening) prayers from 5:40-6pm on Wednesdays once a month from October through May.  This will prepare students to participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services, including the Shabbat Kulanu programs. 

We will have an Israeli youth leader (Shinshin) lead children's activities at the October-May dinners.  Click here to learn more about the Shinshinim.

2019-2020 dates: 10/18 (“Pizza in the Hut"), 12/13, 1/10, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/5

"See You at Synagogue!" and Tot Shabbat

"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.

Tot Shabbat: The service in the Beit Midrash will be about 30 minutes with lots of singing, dancing, and good fun. Children up to age 5 with a parent (or grandparent) are welcome!  Refreshments will be served following the service.

2019-2020 dates: 7/27, 8/31, 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 12/21, 2/1, 3/21, 5/16, 6/13


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.
 

Family Havdallah

2019-2020 dates: 11/9, 1/25, 2/29

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