Tot Shabbat & Junior Congregation: Shabbat programs designed with kids in mind

This program will resume in the Fall.


Tot Shabbat:

Preschool age children will experience the sights, sounds and even the flavors of Shabbat. Members of Silverman Preschool’s talented staff will lead participants on a rotation basis. Stories, songs, and activities will create a warm and inviting atmosphere for all.

Parents are welcome to stay or may join the congregation at Shabbat services in our Sanctuary. For those little ones under 18 months, we do ask that an accompanying adult be present. Tot Shabbat is held in our Preschool classrooms.

Junior Congregation:

Becky Henning leads Junior Congregation for children in grades K-6. Participating in the Torah service, exploring the weekly parasha and more will keep members of Junior Congregation engaged. In addition to her creativity and enthusiasm, Becky always has special treats to make the learning sweet. Junior Congregation will meet in the Goodman Chapel.

Both programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and run through noon.

But don’t leave at noon:

Following both program, parents and children are invited to stay and enjoy our Midrash Shabbat Lunch and Learn. Childcare is available during the learning session. Learn more about Midrash Shabbat now.

Childcare during other Shabbat mornings:

Childcare is available every Saturday morning that does not host Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the conclusion of the service. And, as always, children are welcomed and encouraged to attend all Shabbat and holiday services.

Junior Congregation topics for this year:

October 12 – Our play for the Torah portion Lech-Lecha will start with a song by the same name. Then we will follow the story of Abraham and his family leaving the homes of their birth to go to Israel (then known as Canaan). In Israel they encounter famine and must make a journey to Egypt, where some surprising things happen. Abraham was then blessed with “cattle, silver and gold” which we’ll try to translate into a sweet treat for the congregants.

November 9 – This week’s Torah portion, Vayetzei, continues our Forefather’s sojourn in Israel, as Jacob leaves Be’er Sheva to go to Kharan. On his way, Jacob encounters God in a telling dream. The dream will be our play and we will sing yet another song: Ufaratztah (oooh oooh oooh!).

December 14 – This Torah portion, Vayechi, finds Jacob sick and on his deathbed in Egypt. Our play will explore the story of Jacob’s final blessings for his son Joseph and his grandsons, Menashe and Efraim. We will learn about how we became the 12 Tribes of Israel, and why sometimes we are 13 Tribes (hint: Menashe and Efraim).

January 11Beshalach -The songs continue in this week’s Torah portion, behShalakh. Although the Song of the Sea is the most famous part of this Torah portion, we will only sing a small part of the song. We will spend most of the day’s service on the story of why Moses and the Children of Israel were so happy they wrote the Song of the Sea.

February 8 – This week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, will show us why we have a Ner Tamid in our synagogue. Our play will show Aaron, the Kohen (priest), and how he made an eternal light that stayed lit in the Tabernacle, God’s traveling dwelling place in the desert. Our Torah scroll word search will focus on some of the colors used to decorate the Tabernacle.

March 8 – Why did God call out to Moses? In this week’s Torah portion, Vayikra, we will find out why. Also, our play, will be a “cooking show” of the offerings brought to the Kohanim (priests) by the Children of Israel, as presents to God and as sustenance for the priests.

April 12 – In this week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot, we learn about the “scapegoat” and how the priests used the ritual to ask God for forgiveness. This Shabat is also Shabat haGadol, the “Great”Shabat before Passover, so we’ll have a special Passover treat.

May 10 – This week’s Torah portion is called “on the mountain,” Behar. I’ll bet you can guess which mountain. Although, this week’s portion does not describe the awesome giving of the 10 Commandments, other laws and commandments are discussed. Our play will deal with Biblical math-the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee. Although there is no “Jubilee” candy, we might snack on Jujubes to remind us of the Jubilee.

June 14Sh’lach is this week’s Torah portion and it starts with God asking Moses to send scouts into the land of Israel. The scouts’ report is the subject of our play. A hint of what they found is the song we will end the year with “Eretz Zavat Chalav u’Dvash,” a land flowing in milk and honey. But that is only half the story. Come to Junior Congregation to hear the other half and to celebrate with us the end of another year.

Childcare is available every Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the service when Tot Shabbat and Junior Congregation are not in session. And, as always, children are welcomed and encouraged to attend all Shabbat and holiday services.