Shabbat for Children

Ivy Schreiber with puppet. Photo: Denise Waxman“Vishinantam livanekha…” The V’ahavta prayer says: “…and teach them [God’s commandments] to your children.”

Children’s services is one way we fulfill this mitzvah of passing our Jewish tradition to the next generation. Creating the setting, the music, and the words for a children’s service is an art. There has to be inspiration, feeling, story and heart. We are blessed at BJ to have talented and warm service leaders and musicians who create such a setting for our Shabbat Morning Children’s Services as well as for Bim Bam, our Friday morning music class for children ages 0-3.

We engage children in the spirit of Shabbat through song, dance, and story in two different services, each one tailored to children’s levels of understanding: Bim Bam Shabbat and Mini-Minyan. Our talented and joyous Service Leaders delight and inspire children and parents to join in meaningful prayer. Shabbat Discovery, just prior to the services, provides an opportunity for Shabbat socializing by both children and parents.

Shabbat Morning Children’s Services

Children’s Services 
10:45AM-12:00PM | Chapel
All children’s Service participants come together as a community in the chapel for opening songs and prayers led by Hazzan Ari Priven, musicians and service leaders. Then, families split up into the service options below:

Bim Bam Shabbat | Ages 3 and Younger
Parlor Room | Parents stay with child
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.

Mini-Minyan | Nursery and Pre-K
Chapel | Parents stay with child
A vibrant Shabbat service filled with singing, dancing and storytelling, including a special up-close look at the Torah as we read part of the weekly parasha. Service concludes with Kiddush and Motzi with the younger children.

Kiddush | All Families Welcome
Following Services | Chapel | Parents stay in room
Children and families from all services join together to enjoy grape juice and challah.  Then, children can discover the magic of Shabbat in an open play space filled with musical instruments, books, blocks, dress-ups and more. Parents are welcome to play with their children and schmooze with one another after Kiddush.

*Parents who do not attend with their children are asked to attend the main service in the sanctuary.

Tot Shabbat

First Friday of every month, 5:15PM, 88th Street Sanctuary (Does not meet during summer).
Families with children ages 6 and younger are invited to join us for a fun, early Kabbalat Shabbat service. Led by one of our Educators, Rabbinic Interns and Rabbis on a rotating basis, this short service includes signing, dancing and storytelling and is perfect for our youngest BJ members!