Family Electives

Learning, Growth, & Families

Explore our family electives.

Diving into the Shabbat Morning Service

Dates: September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

Time: 9:45AM-12:00PM

Have you ever wondered why we pray? Why the prayers in a certain order? Why we say different prayers on Shabbat? Join us for our Shabbat morning family elective as we explore the ins and outs of prayer, while also participating in Kulanu—Shabbat morning services for families with kids in 3rd-6th grade. Following services, families are welcome to enjoy a celebratory Shabbat meal together with the rest of the BJ community.

Shabbat on One Foot

Dates: September 13, October 11, December 13, January 10, February 7, March 13, May 8

Time: 5:15-6:15PM 

Ever wonder why we cover the challah on Shabbat or have a special service on friday night? If yes, then this class is for you! Here, families will learn the basic ins and outs of shabbat⁠—the meaning behind the rituals, the big ideas of shabbat, and the unique aspects of the liturgy. Families will come away with a deeper understanding of tradition and how they might enhance their Shabbat experience at home and in their overall lives. Families are required to stay after the elective for Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner (additional registration required). This elective is led by members of our Family Life and Learning Team.

Jewish Values for Everyday Living

Dates: September 13, October 11, December 13, January 10, February 7, March 13, May 8

Time: Elective- 5:15-6:15PM, Services- 6:15-7:00PM, Dinner- 7:00-9:00PM

Through the lens of middot (Jewish values), this elective will examine the ways in which we can enhance our relationships through our thoughts, words, and actions. Each class will examine a specific trait or value, such as hesed (loving kindness) or shalom bayit (peace in the home), through Jewish stories and other interactive activities. Parents and children will gain a deeper understanding of how each of these middot influences their family dynamics and reflect on how they can cultivate these values in their lives. Families are required to stay after the elective for Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner (additional registration required). 

Jewish Views on the Environment and Havdalah 

Dates: September 14, October 12, November 2, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9

Time: 5:00-6:00PM (through January 11), 5:30-6:30pm (from February 8 through May 9)

Are you curious about whether Judaism values the earth and the environment? In this elective, we will work to better understand how the Torah, and later sources, speak to our changing planet, the ways in which we relate to animals, and the treatment of our natural resources. Following the class, families will be invited to say farewell to Shabbat and welcome in the new week ahead by participating in havdalah. This elective will be led by Rabbi Mick Fine.