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

Bim Bam Fall 2019

Friday, December 6 | 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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Tot Shabbat

Friday, December 6 | 5:15PM | Sanctuary & Frankel Hall

Join us for a Hanukkah-themed Tot Shabbat service—filled with singing, dancing, and a special Hanukkah story—led by Rabbi Erin Glazer, Shira Averbuch, and Michael Witman. After the service, we will enjoy a delicious dinner with yummy Hanukkah treats! While adults are finishing their meal, children will have the opportunity to engage in play. 

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Shirah with Shira: Fall 2019

Tuesday, December 10 | 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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Aviv and Young Families Havdalah

Saturday, December 14 | 5:00-7:00PM | Rabbi Rachel Cowan Chapel & Middle Room

With the timing of the holidays this year, we are doing an early Hanukkah havdalah and wine tasting event, co-hosted by BJ’s Aviv (20s & 30s) and Young Families groups. No matter the weather, we’ll stay warm by drinking delicious wines paired with delectable treats. Gather with friends old and new as we come together for a musical havdalah. 20s and 30s, get to know our families with young children. If you’ve got ’em, send your kids to our on-site babysitters while you relax with a glass of merlot and get to know other folks in their 20s and 30s.

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Shirah with Shira: Winter 2020

Tuesdays, beginning January 7 | 4:00-5:00PM | Frankel Hall

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

Bim Bam: Winter 2020

Fridays, beginning January 10 | 10:15AM and 11:15AM | 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!