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.
Children’s Shabbat Programs and Services
2017-2018 Young Family Programs
Upcoming Family Events
Click here to read the bios of all educators and musicians for Young Family programs.
Children ages three and under explore Shabbat through song and story while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah. See below for dates and registration information for the current semester. Questions? Email Allison Kapusta.
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
Bim Bam Shabbat (every Saturday morning)
BJ Middle Room* | Saturday 10:45AM-12:00PM
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. Ages 0-3 years
Saturdays, 10:45AM-12:00 noon | BJ Community House
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. We can’t wait to co-create this new community with you!
This program, which launches in January 2018, will meet on January 13, February 3 and 24, March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 12 and 26. Contact Eliana Light for more information.
Families with children ages six and under explore Havdalah, the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat, with crafts, stories and songs. Children can come in their pajamas to create a warm, cozy atmosphere — and easily make the transition to bedtime at home! Ages 0-6 years
Written and Read by BJ Children’s Service Leaders
We invite you to enjoy these original Torah stories read by five of our Children’s Service leaders. Each Shabbat morning in Children’s Services, the leader shares a story, usually related to the weekly parasha, and now, we are making some of these stories available for you and your families to enjoy at home.
|September 8-December 15||Fall Bim Bam||January 5-May 15||Spring Bim Bam|
|September 8||Tot Shabbat||January 5||Tot Shabbat|
|October 6||Tot Shabbat||January 20||PJs and Havdalah|
|October 8||Bim Bam Sukkah Breakfast||February 2||Tot Shabbat|
|October 13||Family Simhat Torah Celebration||February 6||Parents as Storytellers: Sharing Stories with our Children|
|November 3||Tot Shabbat||February 28||Family Purim Celebration|
|November 15||March 2||Tot Shabbat|
|December 1||Tot Shabbat||March 23||Pesah Prep for Families|
|December 9||Hanukkah Prep for Families||June 1||Tot Shabbat|
|December 17||Family Hanukkah Celebration|
Upcoming Family Events
Tuesdays, January 9-May 15 | 4:00-5:00PM | BJ Community House
IAC KesheTOT is an innovative program for families with infants and toddlers from birth until 3.5 years old. Read more »
Bim Bam gives children under 3 a fun space to explore Shabbat through interactive songs and stories while learning traditions such as lighting candles, saying Kiddush, and giving tzedakah.
Come one, come all. Step right up to “The Greatest Show on Purim”—a shpiel spectacular, suitable for any and all ages. Thrill as our K-6th graders and parents take the stage. Laugh at the jokes! Clap for the songs! Join us for a Purim three-ring circus that is sure to please.
Friday, March 2 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration with BJ staff. The cost is $22 for members, and $29 for non-members. Children eat for free. Questions? Contact Allison.
Sunday, March 4 | 1:00-1:45PM | BJ Sanctuary
Celebrate Purim at BJ! Our sensory-friendly carnival is less overwhelming for children who have sensory sensitivities. Enjoy all of the fun of Purim, without the blaring music and noisy activities. There will be tactile games, arts and crafts, and a giant bounce house! Read more »
Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 6 | Camp Ramah Nyack
Escape the city for a special Shabbat with the BJ Young Families community! Families with children in 2nd grade and below are invited to a fun and energizing Shabbat weekend at Camp Ramah Nyack. From hiking trails, to theater workshops, to schmoozing time with fellow BJ parents, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in a meaningful way. Read more »