Children’s and Family Services

Children ready for Ne'ilah ProcessionCreating meaningful tefillah experiences for children and families is an important part of the High Holy Days at B’nai Jeshurun. We hope that every family will take part in one or more of our services, which include age-appropriate prayers, songs, activities, and learning about the High Holy Days.

Children’s and Family Services

Children’s Services

For children ages 6 and under, accompanied by parent or adult. Led by our Children’s Service Shabbat leaders, families enjoy a spiritual service with singing, dancing, a short Torah service, stories, and educational activities.

Family Services

For children in second grade and above, accompanied by parent or adult. Led by Rabbi Anne Ebersman, Jerry Korman, and teenagers from our community, this unique service is filled with spirit, intention, and learning for families.

Kulanu (formerly known as Junior Congregation)

For children in second through seventh grade. Due to space constraints, this service is for children only. This service is modeled after our participatory bi-weekly Kulanu service on Shabbat morning. Children are encouraged to lead prayers.

Ne’ilah on Yom Kippur

At the conclusion of Yom Kippur, children are invited to participate in a special service by creating a “parade of light” into the main service locations, symbolizing the fruition of our hopes and dreams in the new year. In a darkened sanctuary the children (and their parents for those under 7), dressed in white and carrying battery-operated candles, walk up to the bimah and join with the community in conclusion of Yom Kippur.

Children’s and Family Service Schedule

All services begin at 10:30AM and end at approximately 12:15PM.

Entrance Cards

Entrance cards are required for admission to all Children and Family Services. To obtain entrance cards you must be a member of BJ. Learn more or apply for membership.

Entrance cards for all locations are accepted at the Family Services.

Child Supervision

During all services, except Junior Congregation, children must be supervised by their parents or another adult. Children under 7 must be seated with or accompanied by a parent at all times during all services. Unsupervised children will be brought to sit with their parents.