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Families with Children 0-5

Havurah Shalom is a community for all ages. We provide a variety of programs that address the interests and needs of people in different stages of life. Some of our programs and gatherings are organized by Havurah staff, some are organized by Havurah members, and most are a partnership between both 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 the  Family Programs brochure here.

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


Services Especially for Families with Young Children

Dorot Short & Sweet Shabbat

Initiated and led by congregants with young families, these are casual and family-friendly services to welcome Shabbat. We draw together the different generations of the community in a service that specifically involves children, while also incorporating the prayers of a Shabbat evening service. Join us for candle lighting, music, stories and prayers.  Services are followed by a potluck, vegetarian dinner. To find out more, or help lead, contact Jacob Mandelsberg or Sarah Shine.

Fridays, 6:00-7:30 pm. Please check our calendar for dates and location.

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.

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am - Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, March 10, April 21. Please check our calendar for updates.

Holiday Celebrations

Family Purim & Chanukah Celebrations - Please check our calendar for dates and times.

High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 9:30 to 10:15 am (parents and ages 0-10)

Yom Kippur, 9:30 to 10:15 am for children ages 0-10) 

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. At the Tiffany Center, downtown Portland.

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, our Education Director, for information.

The above photo was taken at a Tot Shabbat by Barbara Gundle.



Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778