Early childhood

. . . for the world exists only because of the breath
of little children who study Torah.

Maimonides, Mishna Torah, Hilchot Talmud Torah 2:1

Family-friendly programming for little kids at Rodef Sholom
Everyone is welcome – members and non-members, Jews and non-Jews, moms and dads and partners and grandparents and guardians! We offer many Shabbat and holiday celebrations for the pre-school set.

opportunities for praying

Junior Jews moves to First Fridays at 5:00 pm in our sanctuary!
We received so many requests for celebrating Shabbat together that this year Junior Jews moves to First Fridays in the early evenings! We will have an opportunity to light candles together, enjoy songs and stories, and connect with Jewish community.  Parents will also have the opportunity to meet other parents and enjoy some time with one another over drinks and nosh while kids enjoy arts and stories with our wonderful Evi Rachelson and Melody Horowitz.  

Back by popular demand! First Friday babsitting (for kids ages 3 - 6), 6:15 - 7:30 pm, JCC Gallery
Babysitting fun will be available for your little ones while you enjoy Shabbat services on the first Friday of each month. They're in good hands with our beloved Religious School teacher, Melody Horowitz. 

Children's High Holy Day Services 
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we often two simultanous children’s services, beginning at 1:15 pm: 6 years of age and under in the Lounge next door at the JCC; and7 to 11 years in our sanctuary. A reception follows our children’s Rosh Hashanah services in the courtyard.

opportunities to celebrate

Holiday parties
We offer holiday programming with music, stories and snacks for children two through kindergarten for Chanukah and Purim - check the calendar for our Early Childhood events for more details.

Baby namings at Rodef Sholom
Please consider having a baby naming for your child during Friday night or Saturday morning Shabbat services. We feel that baby namings are a first step in helping to connect your child to a sacred community that will help lift him/her and your family onto active path of meaning and justice. Contact Rabbi Elana at [email protected] and she can help you figure out what works best for your family!