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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

Family Services

Services for families with children aged 7-12. Family Services on Rosh Hashanah First Day, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur will be led by Rabbi Anne Ebersman and the BJ teens.
DateServiceTimeLocation
Monday, Sept. 10Rosh Hashanah: First Day
Family Service10:30AMSymphony Space
Tashlikh6:15PMRiverside Park
Tuesday, Sept. 11Rosh Hashanah: Second Day
Kulanu Service10:30AM89th Street Community House
Tuesday, Sept. 18Kol Nidre
Family Service6:30PM88th Street Sanctuary
Wednesday, Sept. 19Yom Kippur
Family Service10:30AM88th Street Sanctuary
Children's Procession7:20PM86th Street SPSA Chapel, 88th Street Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Teki’at Shofar & Havdalah7:40PM86th Street SPSA Chapel, 88th Street Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Children's Services

BJ's High Holy Days Children's services for children aged 3-7 will take place at 86th St., 88th St./89th St., and Jazz at Lincoln Center; separate entrance cards are not required for these services.
DateServiceTimeLocation
Monday, Sept. 10Rosh Hashanah: First Day
Bim Bam (Ages 0-3)10:30AM89th Street Community House 1st Floor
Children's Services (Ages 3-7)86th Street SPSA Chapel, 88th Street Frankel Hall
Study Session & Tashlikh5:30PM | 6:15PMBJ Community House | Riverside Park
Tuesday, Sept. 11Rosh Hashanah: Second Day
Children's Services (Ages 3-7)10:30AM88th Street Frankel Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 19Yom Kippur
Bim Bam (Ages 0-3)10:30AM89th Street Community House 1st Floor
Children's Services (Ages 3-7)86th Street SPSA Chapel, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Children's Procession7:20PM86th Street SPSA Chapel, 88th Street Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Teki’at Shofar & Havdalah7:40PM86th Street SPSA Chapel, 88th Street Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Entrance Cards

Entrance cards are required for admission to all Children and Family Services. To obtain entrance cards, we invite you to become a member of BJ. Learn more or contact us to request your Application Form.

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.

Babysitting

We are pleased to offer babysitting during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from 9:00AM-2:00PM at 88th/89th Street. Children ages 2-7 will be supervised and entertained by seasoned caregivers from Curated Care. All of the caregivers have extensive experience working with children and have undergone background checks. Children must be potty-trained to attend. Snacks and water will be provided. Registration fees will be $50 per day or $125 for all three days of HHD.

Registration for babysitting is part of your High Holy Days Location preferences form, which you will receive after completing your 2018-19 Membership Application. Find out more here, or contact us at membership@bj.org.