Havurah Shalom supports parents in our efforts to raise ethical and healthy children who are connected to Jewish values and culture. Parents learn together and share as they strive to make Judaism enjoyable and meaningful for themselves and their families.
Jewish Parenting Resources – an extensive list of books and web-based resources for parenting Jewish children of all ages.
- Children’s Chanukah books can be found in the Havurah Library
- Here are books for children and families about terminal illness, aging and death, in a Jewish context.
Families with Young Children
Contact Deborah Eisenbach-Budner, Havurah Education Director, for more information about:
- Play groups for parents and children
- Baby welcomings/namings
- Community Hand-Me-Down Circle
- Holidays and Family Shabbat celebrations
Family Focused Shabbat
Dorot – Short and Sweet Shabbat Services
Join us for a casual, family-friendly and music-filled service. Beginning with candle lighting, kiddush and challah, the service continues with prayers and music, led by congregants and congregant musicians, followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Dorot Shabbat grew out of a desire to draw together generations within our vibrant community for a service with both adults and children as participants. Invite your friends and family to join you!
Fridays, Services at 6:00 pm
Vegetarian Potluck Dinner at 6:45 pm
Sept. 23, Nov. 18, Jan. 27, March 3, May 19
Tot Shabbat Services
Young children (0-5) 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. Afterwards, we enjoy an informal oneg nosh and the chance to play and schmooze. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner or Havurah member.
Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 am
Sept. 17, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Feb. 11, April 15, May 13
Camp Havurah – For All Ages
Great for families with young children and for people of all ages, Camp Havurah is a musical, fun and upbeat Shabbat morning service that features sing-a-long style prayers in Hebrew and English. Easy to follow, with English commentary and kavanot (intentional statements), the service is led by Havurah musicians and community leaders, with a sponsored Kiddush lunch after the service. Organized by Susan Brenner.
Saturday, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Above photo taken by Barbara Gundle.