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Young Families

Jewish identity begins to develop in the earliest years of childhood. BJ’s creative programs provide families with young children regular opportunities to connect and form communities that experience and develop the joy and beauty of being Jewish. They are an ideal way for a family to start a lifelong relationship with Judaism.

Upcoming Family Events

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Upcoming Family Events

Tot Shabbat

Fridays Monthly, Beginning September 6 | 5:15PM | Sanctuary & Frankel Hall

Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. After the service, join us for a Shabbat  dinner complete with blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children will have the opportunity to engage in play. 

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Young Families Mixer

Saturday, September 7 | Following Shabbat Morning Services | Middle Room

Come kick off the fall by getting to know other young families! After family Shabbat morning services, we will eat together and have both structured, and unstructured, time to get to know each other. Toys and books will also be set out for kids to play. We encourage you to sign up by Wednesday, September 4, at 6:00PM, as it helps us plan. Open to all, members and non-members/guests.

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Mini Mensches

Thursdays, Beginning September 12 | 4:00PM | Community House 4th Floor

Social Emotional Learning through Jewish Stories

The word mensch in yiddish means a person with integrity and honor. In this class, children will learn key Jewish values like how to care for others and to be a peacemaker in the world. These values will be explored through Biblical stories and characters, art projects, drama, and other interactive activities.  This class is for children ages 3-5. Caretakers are required to be present (i.e. this is not a drop off class).

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Shirah with Shira

Tuesdays, Beginning September 17 | 4:00-4:45PM | Middle Room

Join us for a Hebrew immersion class geared towards children ages 2-5. Shira Averbuch will lead children and their parents/caregivers in music, stories, and movement. Children will gain a sense of community rooted in Jewish tradition while gaining exposure to Israeli culture. 

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Bim Bam Fall 2019

Fridays, Beginning September 20 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs, movement, and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The program is led by our Artist in Residence, Shira Averbuch.

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Save the Date: Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Camp Ramah Nyack

Escape the city for a special Shabbat with the BJ Young Families community! Families with children in 2nd grade and younger are invited to save the date for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend at Camp Ramah Nyack from Friday, May 1–Sunday, May 3, 2020. From hiking trails, to theater workshops, to schmoozing time with fellow BJ parents, the weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in a meaningful way. More information to come!