Family Education and Spiritual Life
2016 - 2017 Educational and Spiritual Programming for 0 - 17 year olds and their families.
Family Education and Spiritual Life 2015 - 2016
Shabbat Morning Family Services for K-3 Students and Their Families: Our monthly Shabbat morning Family Services merge singing with age-appropriate prayer, movement and discussion. We join the main congregation towards the end of the service for singing, stories, or participatory Torah discussion. Services are followed by a family friendly Kiddush lunch.
In-Home Shabbat: Several times throughout the year, families and congregants in the wider SAJ community volunteer to open their homes to host a Friday night Shabbat meal and for other SAJ families and congregants, so that the community can bring in Shabbat together in a relaxed, social and meaningful way beyond the walls of the SAJ.
Parent Conversations: Raising Jewish children in 21st century America can make parenting even more challenging than it already is. It is very important for parents to have a support structure in a community of parents who are contending with similar issues. To this end we hold monthly parent conversations over the course of the school year. Workshop topics vary and are led by the Rabbi, the Education Director, and lay volunteers.
Parent Coffee Breaks: One of the most important Jewish values is that of kehilah (community). Once each month, preceding Parent Conversations, a space is provided in which parents gather to relax, socialize, and converse over coffee. Parent Coffee Breaks are hosted by different parents in the community. Please click here to volunteer to be a Parent Coffee Break Host.
Shabbat B’Yachad (Shabbat Together): Twice each year, parents/special adults are invited into the classroom to learn with our students. In these learning sessions, we aim to help families learn something about Jewish life, values, rituals, and/or spirituality that enhances their practice of Judaism. The learning is geared towards the entire family and is not just parents watching children learn. Through Shabbat B’Yachad, parents and children will create incredible Jewish memories.