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Youth Services


On Shabbat morning there is a variety of services for children and families. Consult the newsletter or the weekly e-mail for the schedule of services on any particular week. The services include:

  • Shabbat Katan: This spirited service is designed for preschool-aged children and their families. Led by parents, this interactive Shabbat experience includes stories, prayers, songs, and a brief Torah reading. This service will typically be held on the second Shabbat of the month in the Youth Lounge at 11:00 a.m. A Shabbat Katan lunch will follow. Open to the community. 
  • Shabbat Latzeerim (Mini-Minyan): This service, designed for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, is led by Ellen Pristach. The service combines prayers and songs of Shabbat morning with stories, games, and discussions appropriate to this age group. A special Siddur designed for this age group is used. The service is typically the first and third Shabbat of each month (except as noted in the newsletter or on the calendar) at 11:00 a.m. in the Youth Lounge.
  • Junior Congregation: This service, for 3rd through 5th graders, is led by Debbi Dunn Solomon. Debbi brings innovative and inspiring ideas to the service. The children actively participate in leading the service. It is an excellent way to help them learn the Shabbat prayers in preparation for B'nai Mitzvah study. Junior Congregation takes place at 10:30 a.m. in the Beit Midrash each Shabbat that Religious School is in session. 
  • Shabbat Lamishpacha (Family Service): Hazzan Dulkin and Ellen Pristach will alternate the leading of the service for children in preschool through second grade and their families. This is an interactive Shabbat experience filled with song, prayer, games, and other activities. Parents, grandparents, and older or younger siblings welcome. Shabbat Lamishpach is usually on the 4th Shabbat of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Youth Lounge.

Periodically there are other services offered on Shabbat; they will be announced in the newsletter and on the calendar page in advance.