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
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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)
89th Street 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
89th Street Reception Room* | Saturday 10:45AM-12:00PM
A vibrant Shabbat service filled with singing, dancing and a close-up view of the Torah as we read part of the weekly parasha, followed by a Kiddush and Motzi. Ages 3-6 years
* During the summer, services take place at 89th Street Community House, 3rd Floor
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, October 3-December 12 | 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. Children gain a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. Programming includes music, stories, and movement. Families also celebrate Jewish holidays together in a uniquely Israeli way. IAC KesheTOT is conducted exclusively in Hebrew and run by Israeli teachers.
This unique program is a great fit for both Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers alike. Questions? Contact Itay Asaf for more details.
Non-Member – $390
Sunday, November 19 | 3:00-5:00PM | BJ Sanctuary
Spend a fun afternoon with your family & friends, and help support the BJ Teen Program! Come by for all different types of games and fun activities—board games, trivia, card games, and more! Families will even have the chance to compete in a rousing round of BJ-style Family Feud. Read more »
Friday, December 1 | 5:15-7:00PM | BJ Sanctuary and Frankel Hall
Families enjoy a kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service filled with singing and dancing, followed by a dinner at 5:45PM downstairs in Frankel Hall, complete with Shabbat blessings and songs. While adults are finishing their meal, children engage in play and exploration. Register by Wednesday, November 29, and contact Allison Kapusta with any questions. The cost is $22/members, and $29/non-members. All children eat for free. Read more »
Saturday, December 9 | Following Shabbat Services | BJ Community House
How do we make Hanukkah about more than just getting presents? What are some ways to engage young children in the holidays in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them? Join Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal as we explore ways to make Hanukkah a meaningful experience for your family! Supervision will be provided for kids.
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.