Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (see calendar for dates)
Our thriving Junior Congregation is led by our talented congregant Dan Leemon. This service features guitar accompanied prayer and a very lively Torah discussion. (Watch out for flying candy!) Junior Congregation, which is part of our Religious School curriculum, is where our students learn to be comfortable on the bimah while leading services, and creative and thoughtful in understanding prayers and Torah.
Regular attendance at Junior Congregation is essential to each child’s learning of the service, to building community and to developing Jewish friendships. They learn the Shabbat morning prayers and the order of the service and become comfortable leading services. Students who attend regularly find that this helps enormously with their preparation for Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Grades 3 through 7 take turns in leading the service, but we encourage families with children in all grades to join us for Junior Congregation. Dates of Junior Congregation and the grades that lead it are listed on the calendar.
Chesed - Saturday mornings from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mishpacha - Various dates throughout the year, see the calendar
We encourage all congregants with school-age children to participate in both Chesed and Mishpacha. Participation serves as an opportunity to make early connections and to build relationships between families who begin Religious School in Kindergarten and those whose join closer to Bar/Bat Mitzvah age.
The dates for both Chesed and Mishpacha are listed on the calendar. A parent representative from your child’s Religious School class that corresponds with your child’s grade will contact you via e-mail or phone to remind you of the upcoming event.
The Chesed program is a family learning program based upon the study of values by each grade in the synagogue. Chesed, meaning loving-kindness, reflects the Jewish values we will be studying and putting into practice. During the school year, the family of each grade comes together one Saturday a year to learn about social action
and Torah. This very rewarding program connects families and teaches children about
loving-kindness. Please check the website for your child’s scheduled Chesed date.
Mishpacha is a Hebrew word that means family. Our Mishpacha program is an opportunity for families in each grade to participate in a social activity while at the same time learning about a meaningful subject. Each grade’s Mishpacha program takes place once a year, usually in the home of one of the class members. Please check the calendar for your child’s scheduled Mishpacha date.
First Friday of each month, 6:15 p.m.
This service, led by the Team Rockin’ Musicians, Mitch and Dolly Rappaport, Rob Saltzman, and Marty Bronk, is full of ruach (spirit). We encourage congregants to join in leading the prayers or playing instruments with the band. Following the service, we enjoy a delicious catered Shabbat meal together. This fun-filled evening is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. We encourage your family to register and stay and enjoy the catered dinner to complete the evening, especially when your child’s class leads services. You can sign up and pay for the dinner online.
The overall goal of Journeys is to create a bond of understanding between students and parents within the context of becoming a Jewish adult. This innovative program helps to make the B’nai Mitzvah experience both broad and meaningful. Through role play, discussion, and textual study of Jewish values, 6th and 7th grade parents and students are given a deeper understanding of what it means to celebrate this milestone in life, and can explore ways to approach the transition into adolescence. Please check the calendar for specific dates.
Mondays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The 8th Grade will be looking at issues in the students lives (body image, peer relationships, decisions about drugs/smoking/sexuality, etc.) from a Jewish point of view. Ritual Director Bill Futornick will be the primary teacher and coordinator of the program. He will also spend some time in the kitchen teaching Jewish cooking, and there will be a service learning (tikkun olam) element to the program.
Instructors will teach and review the concepts and customs of the Jewish holidays throughout the year. In order to expose students and their families to holiday customs, we have several events throughout the year that Religious School families and other congregants are invited to attend, listed on the school calendar.