Do you have children in kindergarten or under?
Are you looking to join a community of parents and young children?
Are you looking for services and learning opportunities for you and your family?
You've come to the right place!
Join our Mishpachah: A Family of Families with Young Children
Check out our calendar of events for 2017-2018!
Here is an explanation of our regular monthly Mishpachah Events*:
First Fridays: Family Shabbat Service and Pot-Luck, 5:30pm
Spend Shabbat as a family at our brief, family-oriented services, the first Friday of every month. Rabbi Kraus leads an interactive service with our new child-friendly prayerbook, singing, and a story. This service draws families with children grade 2 and under. Join the larger Temple community for a dairy pot-luck congregational dinner at 6:00pm, following services.
Shake It Up Shabbat, Select Saturday Mornings, 9:00am
Bring your children for a lively, fun, movement oriented 25 minute service, with musical instruments, led by Rabbi Kraus. This is primarily geared toward preschool children and under. Following services, our creative teacher, Liane Weber leads fun-filled learning activities, including cooking and crafts, to engage children and their families with Shabbat, holiday and Jewish traditions.
New Time This Year - Bagels and Babies, Select Saturday Mornings, 9:00am
Marci Shapiro Ide, LICSW, fellow BETC member, and experienced facilitator of the Watertown Jewish Family and Children's Services New Parent's Support Group will lead this group for families with children two and under! After joining Shake It Up Shabbat for schmoozing, a short Shabbat service and a snack, families will gather with Marci for a parenting conversation with a Jewish theme. Bring your baby and join with other parents to ask questions, discuss joys and challenges, and learn ways to incorporate Jewish values in your home.
Rishonim on Sunday Mornings, 9:30am
Join Heidi Seiger, our fabulous educator, on Sunday mornings for a warm, nurturing introduction to Jewish life. This early childhood education program meets on 15 Sundays throughout the school year and is for children ages 3, 4, and 5, along with their parent/s. Come and meet other young families, learn about Jewish rituals and holidays through music, stories, arts & crafts, games and much more, and enjoy special visits from Rabbi Kraus. Registration required; for more information about the cost and to register, contact Rabbi Sandi**.
Mishpachah Events: Throughout the Year
We look forward to seeing you at our events, including the Playground Party, Sukkot Harvest, and Adult Wine and Cheese Nights. If you have any questions, or would like to add your name to our mailing list, help with these events, or are interested in becoming more involved in leadership, contact Rabbi Sandi**.
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Always check the Temple Calendar each month to be sure the events are running.
* Older siblings are always welcome at all events, excluding Rishonim.