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.

Bim Bam
Shabbat Services
2018-2019 Young Family Programs
Upcoming Family Events

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Bim Bam

Children ages three and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. Two of the classes are a combination of Hebrew and English, while the third class is Hebrew Immersion. See below for dates and registration information for the current semester. Questions? Email Adina Beiner.

 

 

Young Families Shabbat Programs

Tot Shabbat (1st Friday every month)

Our family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service is filled with singing and dancing and followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults finish their meals, children keep “that Shabbat feeling” going with games and more songs! Ages 0-5 years

Family Shabbat Services (every Saturday morning)

BJ Middle Room and Chapel | Saturday 10:45AM-12:00PM

Ages 0-5
This joyous service is filled with Shabbat songs, prayers and stories. Children play with instruments and dance, and each child carries their own stuffed Torah before joining Mini-Minyan families for Kiddush and Motzi. Led by Shira Averbach and others.

Kindergarten-2nd grade
Join us for a new Shabbat morning experience, just for children in grades K-2 and their families. Each morning incorporates spirited prayer and singing, fun learning activities, and ample shmooze time, all lead by our veteran service-leader Sarah Rosenthal, Michelle Geisler, and others. Each session includes special learning component for both children and parents. 

2018-2019 Young Families Programs

September 10 & 11Rosh Hashanah Children’s Services January 4-May 17Spring Bim Bam
September 19Yom Kippur Children’s Services February 1Tot Shabbat
September 21-December 14Fall Bim BamMarch 1Tot Shabbat
September 23Family Sukkah BreakfastMarch 17Purim Carnival
September 24 & 25Sukkot Family Services March 20Family Purim Celebration
October 1Shemini Atzeret Family Services April 5Tot Shabbat
October 1Simhat Torah Celebration April 20 & 21Pesah Family Services
October 5Tot Shabbat April 26 & 27Pesah Family Services
November 2 Tot Shabbat May 3-5Young Families Retreat
December 7Tot Shabbat and Hanukkah Celebration June 7Tot Shabbat

Young Families Retreat 2019

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 3–Sunday, May 5, 2019. 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 coming soon.

Upcoming Family Events

Shirah with Shira—Spring Semester

Tuesday, February 26 | 4:00-4:45PM | Community House

Kadima@BJ is excited to continue our 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 being exposed to Israeli culture, Hebrew language, and holiday customs. The cost for the semester is $200 for members and $300 for non-members. Both members and non-members may receive a sibling discount ($50 off). Contact Adina for more information.

This class meets every Tuesday from January 8-May 21

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Spring Bim Bam

Friday, March 1 | 10:15-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:00PM | Chapel 

Classes are held every Friday through May 17, excluding February 22.

Bim Bam gives children under three a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. The 10:15 AM session features both English and Hebrew songs, while the 11:15 AM session is full Hebrew immersion. The series (12 classes) is $240/members and $360/non-members. After the first registered child, each additional child receives 50% off. New BJ members may attend for free. The program is led by Shira Averbuch. Questions? Contact Adina (x248).

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March Tot Shabbat

Friday, March 1 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and 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. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, February 28, and contact Adina with any questions.

Prior to the deadline, the cost is $22 for members/$29 for non-members ($29 for members/$34 for non-members after February 28 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Opening Ritual

Saturday, March 2 | 5:00-7:00PM | Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families of all 2018/2019 4th grade students (or students whose birth dates fall between September 2008 and December 2009) are invited to join Rabbi Felicia Sol for our annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual. The entire Torah will be unrolled and each student will find the parashah (portion) that they will read when called to the Torah for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 17 | 11:00AM-1:00PM | Sanctuary

Celebrate Purim with the entire BJ community! This carnival will be complete with exciting games, arts and crafts, a giant bounce house, and more. Enjoy delicious snacks and experience the fun of Purim. The carnival will open at 10:30AM for families with children ages 0-5, and at 11:00AM for all. Parents may attend free of charge. 

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Family Purim Celebration

Wednesday, March 20 | 5:30-6:30PM | Sanctuary 

Join the Family Life and Learning Team, Rabbi Erin Glazer, and musician Jacob Kraus for a spirited Purim celebration for the whole family! Families with children in 2nd grade and under are encouraged to come in costume and experience a kid-friendly version of the Purim story with music, snacks, and a costume parade.

This program is free. Contact Adina Beiner with any questions.

Please bring a box of macaroni (preferably whole wheat) to use as a grogger; all boxes will be donated to West Side Campaign Against Hunger at the end of the night. 

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April Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 5 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and 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. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, April 4, and contact Adina with any questions.

Prior to the deadline, the cost is $22 for members/$29 for non-members ($29 for members/$34 for non-members after April 4 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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Young Families Retreat

Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5 | Camp Ramah Nyack, Christian Herald Rd, Nyack, NY

Please join Rabbi Erin Glazer, Hazzan Ari Priven, Mike Witman, Ayala Wasser, and Shira Averbach for a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend filled with outdoor games, music, hiking, learning opportunities, community building, a campfire, and more. This retreat is geared toward BJ families with children in second grade and below. Register by April 15. 

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June Tot Shabbat

Shabbat

Friday, June 7 | 5:15-7:30PM | Sanctuary and 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. Stay and join us for a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Thursday, June 6, and contact Adina with any questions.

Prior to the deadline, the cost is $22 for members/$29 for non-members ($29 for members/$34 for non-members after June 6 at 10:00AM). All children eat for free.

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