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Family Education and Spiritual Life 

Shabbat Morning Family Services for newborn-3rd graders and their families: Our monthly Shabbat morning Family Services with Cantor Lisa and Tehilah 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.


Shabbat Meals: 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. We have weekly Shabbat Kiddush/light lunch where everyone is invited. Our new Makom Shabbaton program involves 2 Shabbat dinners and 6 lunches together. We also have Yom Kippur Break fast together, Sukkot dinner and frequent community-wide potluck Shabbat dinners at SAJ.


Parent Conversations: Raising Jewish children in 21st century America raises many of the questions previous generations asked plus a multitude of new ones. We cherish our parents and appreciate their questions. challenges, celebration moments of all kinds. To this end we hold 4 parent conversations over the course of the school year. Workshop topics vary and are led by the Rabbi, the Education Director, and lay volunteers.


Shabbat B’Yachad (Shabbat Together): Makom offers an "open door policy" (with advance notice parents should feel welcome to visit the classroom anytime - we just want to be sure not to have too packed a room on any given shabbat). In addition, once 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 in conversation with their children.  The learning is geared towards the entire family and intends to give parents and opportunity to get to know one another a bit better.  

Wed, September 19 2018 10 Tishrei 5779