Sign In Forgot Password

Families with Children 0-5

Havurah Shalom provides a variety of programs that address the interests and needs of people in different stages of life. Some of our programs are organized by Havurah staff, some by members, and many through a partnership between staff and members. Our participatory structure allows Havurah to be responsive and expansive.

Some programs are available to just show up at (because parents with young children are really busy!) and some engage parents in planning so that they can help create the community that they seek for themselves!

You can download our 2017-18 Family Programs brochure here.

Photo above was taken by Barbara Gundle at a Tot Shabbat.


Services Especially for Families with Young Children

Dorot Short & Sweet Shabbat

Join us for this casual, family-friendly, and music-filled service. Beginning with candle lighting, Kiddush and challah, the service continues with prayers and music, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Led by Jacob Mandelsberg, Sarah Shine, Gabe Adoff, Tanja Lux, and Ilene Moss. 6:00 pm Service, 6:45 pm Potluck. Fridays, Nov. 17, Jan. 26, March 16, May 18. Please check our calendar for updates.

Tot Shabbat

Young children and their parents celebrate Shabbat with singing, movement, blessings, and storytelling. We touch on the main highlights of the Shabbat morning service: wonder, fun, song, listening to the world, dancing, and Torah. Tot Shabbat is fashioned for the under-6 crowd, but older kids are welcome (and can help tell a story, etc.). Afterwards, we enjoy an informal potluck oneg nosh and the chance to play and schmooze. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner.  10:30-11:30 am, Saturdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, March 10, April 21. Please check our calendar for updates.

Holiday Celebrations

Family Purim & Chanukah Celebrations

Our family Chanukah Celebration will be on Friday, Dec. 15, from 6:00-6:45 pm, with candle lighting, singing and story telling. Our Purim Celebration will be on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Pease check our calendar for details.

High Holidays

We offer family services on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, from 9:30 to 10:15 am, and on Yom Kippur, from 9:30 to 10:15 am, for families with kids ages 0-10. The services offer a children’s version of the holiday services and themes for the whole family. Upbeat, brief, and participatory – with skits, lots of singing, storytelling, and visuals. RSVPs are required through our online calendar.

Jewish Parenting Books

Havurah’s Education Director, Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, has compiled this helpful resource list for Jewish parenting.

Jewish Play Groups

Our Jewish play groups are for parents and their 0-4 year olds. Contact Deborah Eisenbach-Budner for information.

Sat, July 21 2018 9 Av 5778