Shabbat can provide a special moment of calm in an otherwise hectic week. However you celebrate Shabbat, you may find great meaning in the tradition of blessing your children on Friday night.
We welcome families with young children to join us at any Shabbat service, but we do also provide some worship opportunities specifically with our youngest congregants in mind:
Services on the fourth Friday of each month begin at 7 p.m., and are especially appropriate for families with primary-school aged children. The Torah service and sermon are replaced with a story told by Rabbi Axler.
Munchkin Minyan is a service designed with preschool-aged children and their families in mind. Filled with song, movement and prayer, Munchkin Minyan begins at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Munchkin Minyan takes place every other month on the first Friday and is followed by a finger-foods oneg. The first Munchkin Minyan of the year will take place November 6.
At Tot Shabbat we celebrate Shabbat with a fun, meaningful and age-appropriate service full of stories and songs. Services are followed by a “juice and cookies” Kiddush and a craft project. Our Tot Shabbat services are especially suited for children aged 2-6, though older and younger siblings are always welcome. The service is held on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Feeling daunted by the prospect of bringing your children to services? This article from Kveller.com might provide some inspiration!