Family Education

From services geared toward families of all kinds, to workshops and programs to help the modern family, we offer a wide variety of family-friendly events and learning opportunities.

Tot Shabbat
First Friday most months 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm
A special Kabbalat Shabbat Service for young families to welcome the Sabbath with stories and songs. Most months include a kid-friendly Shabbat Dinner after the service.

Family Service
Third Fridays most months 5:45 – 6:45pm
Interactive and upbeat Shabbat celebration that incorporates melodies and family-themed activities, followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:00pm.

Mishpacha (Family) Programs
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015: Family Game Day & BBQ
Saturday, January 9, 2016: Havdallah Under the Stars & Choose Your Own Jewish Adventure

Workshops for Families
Hanukkah Workshop • Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
At 9:00am, parents are invited to join us for our joyous Religious School Minyan. At 9:30am, while parents may join Rabbi Eisen for the “Real Story” of Hanukkah kollel, children will study through age-specific activities about Pirsuma D’Nisa, the mitzvah of publicizing the miracle of Hanukkah today:
•  Pre-K through 1st Grade – Make “sweet” dreidels
•  2nd through 4th Grades – “Kippah Coolness”: Explore the intersection of kippah and identity in America and Israel
•  5th & 6th Grades – Make candles the old-fashioned way
At 10:30am, all parents will join their children for a Maccabiah where we’ll split into four groups for GaGa competition, relay races, and a short-run with the Maccabiah torch to light the large Hanukkiah outside the synagogue. Junior and Senior USY teens are invited to lead the different teams. At 11:30 am, we will conclude with a Hanukkah party including songs, latkes, gelt and more!
Each person is asked to bring a can of food for the Community Food Bank. Please RSVP to Kim.

“Are You Prepared for Purim”? • Sunday, March 13, 2016
A great program for children of all ages AND their parents with Rabbis Robert Eisen & Ruven Barkan.
9:00-9:30am Minyan with Religious School in Epstein Chapel
9:30-10:30am “Mitzvah Making:” Go through stations baking hamentaschen, preparing Purim cards & packaging other goodies for Shalach Manot bags for the residents of Handmaker
10:30-11:15am Age-appropriate lessons about Purim & its traditions
11:15am-12:00pm Students perform Purim shpiels, song fest & food (including hamentaschen!)
Open to all Preschool/Kindergarten & THA families, too! No charge to attend; however RSVP needed by Mar. 10 to Rabbi Barkan.

Passover Family Workshop & Chocolate Seder • Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016
9:00am-12:00pm  The community is invited to learn about the messages of Passover. We’ll create a GIANT seder plate with interactive stations at each symbol … Then we’ll learn about the seder experientally through a chocolate seder! No charge to attend; however RSVP needed by April 14 to Rabbi Barkan.

For more information, please contact Nichole Chorny.