The Family Education Committee sponsors and co-sponsors activities such as:
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
This year we are working on a number of programs geared towards families with young children (ages 0-5 years old). We hope you join us for some of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Judaism, enjoy a warm and engaging community, and meet other families! These programs are open to everyone (Temple Membership is NOT required!).
Tot Shabbat: Join families of children ages 0-5 as we share Shabbat together! Led by our lay leaders or rabbis, this one-hour experience (11:00 AM-Noon) allows families with young children to connect with each other while singing, praying, hearing stories, and marching with the Torah! The service concludes with hallah and juice, before everyone is invited to our communal kiddush lunch. We typically meet the 1st and 3rd Shabbat mornings of the month. This program is free and no RSVP is necessary. Click HERE for our 2016-17 dates.
Simhat Tot: Celebrating the Holidays: Simhat Tot is an experiential holiday program geared towards families with children ages 0-5 years old (siblings are welcome to attend!). We gather throughout the year on Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:00 AM, to prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays through crafts, songs, stories, and fun! Simhat Tot is a wonderful way to bring in the joy and excitement of our holidays to our little ones. Our final Simhat Tot of the year will be on Sunday, April 2, when we will celebrate Passover and Springtime! Click HERE for more.
Sign and Play! Each year we collaborate with Sign and Play for a 6 or 8 week course for babies and toddlers (0-2 years old) and their care-givers to learn sign language in this fun, interactive, musical play group! Sign language engages your whole body in learning. It helps infants & toddlers communicate, and preschoolers build their literacy skills. Each week in this class we will have fun reading, signing, and playing games to learn American Sign Language vocabulary with Jillian Berlinski, who has a Masters of Education and is a certified elementary and special education teacher. Our next class will meet in May and June 2017, stay tuned for more details!
Yeladim Yoga: Every Winter we are thrilled to offer this class for toddlers and their caregivers. Together, we practice yoga, learn breathing and calming techniques, improve strength and balance, and have fun! Our teacher Abby is a mother, yoga teacher, and occupational therapist. In addition to teaching yoga to adults, she is trained in prenatal, toddler, and child yoga. Abby is excited to bring a toddler and parent/caregiver class to Temple Emunah. She believes that every yogi, of any age, should be met right where they are and encouraged to blossom. Toddlerhood and parenthood are challenging processes full of transitions and many ups and downs, and yoga mirrors this wavelike quality of life. We are thrilled that she is offering this opportunity to practice the transitions of everyday life for our children and ourselves! Class will meet Fridays at 10:00 AM, March 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2017.
Mitzvah Mouse Club: With this initiative we hope to engage families in a series of Mitzvah projects in which even the youngest can participate! We hope you can join us on one, two, or all three of our programs! At each event families will receive Mitzvah Mouse stickers, a book relating to a Mitzvah, and a packet of ideas for future Mitzvah projects! Details TBD.
Safta Story Time: Join us for stories, songs, and fun! Hebrew Teacher, Speech/Language Pathologist, Educational Specialist, and Safta (grandma) Sharon Zirkin-Dagan will lead us in a casual morning for all families with children ages 0-3 years old, 11:00 AM - Noon. After our stories and songs, we will have a kid-friendly snack and time to play and schmooze. FREE and open to all! Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
Playground Meet ups: Meet other families with young children and have a blast at various playgrounds in different local towns! This is a fun way to meet new friends in a casual setting. Stay tuned for more details for the coming year!
Watermelon Wednesdays: Each summer we host our popular Watermelon Wednesday series! For 6 Wednesdays we meet in front of our building from 1:00 until 1:30 PM for ice cold watermelon, music, and fun! Schmooze with our rabbis and staff and have a blast! Kids are welcome to play in our playground as well. Summer 2017 Dates TBD. No RSVP necessary!
Events Co-Sponsored with the JCC: Throughout the year we team up with the JCC to bring fun, family programs to the community! We meet at local venues such as libraries, play spaces, and more, to celebrate Shabbat and other holidays. Next session is Friday, March 31st when Rabbi Fel will be at Ready Set Kids in Arlington to celebrate Shabbat and Passover! Click HERE for more.
These programs are made possible through generous grants from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and by CJP's Innovation Grants Committee.