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
Sunday, February 7: Dinner & a Movie
Sunday, March 13: Prepping for Purim
Friday, April 15: Shabbat Under the Stars & Family Program (TBD)

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.

Passover Workshop • Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016
Come prepare for Passover & learn a thing or two along the way. Students & their families will enjoy interactive stations, arts & crafts, music & some traditional holiday foods. We’ll even make our own matzah! Plus, bring home ideas to make your own seders more fun & family-friendly.

For more information, please contact Nichole Chorny.