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Pela (Ages 0 - 4 & Parents/Caregivers)

Pela is the Hebrew word for “wonder.”  

This program is designed to discover joy, questions, celebration, and friendship for children & adults. In this program we:

  • facilitate the revelation of children and adults' natural sense of wonder.
  • sing, dance, move, play
  • experience Jewish and American holidays through storytelling
  • tackle meaningful ways of experiencing and interacting with our current world realities
  • explore feelings, values, caring for ourselves and others on both an adult and early childhood level
  • program meets at SAJ on Saturdays and public spaces on Tuesdays and Fridays.



Dates: September 9, 2017 - June 23, 2018 (calendars)

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Room: 300

Elevator access: Yes

Do I need to register?: No. Though it would be great if you would email tehilah@thesaj,org so that we have a general idea of what we will need and to assist us in welcoming your family. Feel free to share allergy information, birthdays and other information to keep your family safe and celebrated.

Cost: This is a SAJ sponsored program, there is no cost to parents. *

*Suggested donations always welcome to honor or commemorate a special event or person. Or speak to about bringing snack.



Storytime, Song and Movement on the UWS:  
Join Tehilah and the larger UWS community at... Book Culture on 81st and Columbus, Tuesdays at 11:00 am.

Join us for Fridays 2x a month (1x a month at St. Agnes Library on 81st/Columbus), 1x a month at JCC Harlem - full list of dates below):

11:00 am June 9 St. Agnes Library
11:00 am July 21 St. Agnes Library
11:00 am Aug. 4 St. Agnes Library
11:00 am Sept. 1 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Sept. 8 JCC Harlem
11:30 am Oct. 13 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Oct. 27 St. Agnes Library TBD, library might have a staff event
11:30 am Nov. 17 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Nov. 24 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Dec. 1 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Dec. 15 St. Agnes Library
11:00 am Jan. 5 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Jan. 26 JCC Harlem
11:30 am Feb. 2 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Feb. 16 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Mar. 2 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Mar. 23 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am April TBD JCC Harlem
11:00 am April 27 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am May 18 JCC Harlem
11:00 am May 25 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am June 8 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Jun. 15 St. Agnes Library

Also check SAJ's Facebook page for details.

Additional programs for 0 - 4 year olds and their caregivers:

  • Parenting Conversations 5x a year @ SAJ, Saturdays from 11:15 - 12:30 pm: This is a space in which parents discuss, learn, and share the joys and the challenges of Jewish parenting led by Rabbi Lauren, Tehilah, and lay leaders. (If you're having trouble finding childcare from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm please email by Thursday).                              
  • Holiday programming @ SAJ: Please see SAJ's Calendar for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Yom HaAtzmaut//Israeli Independence Day programming.
  • Community Shir 6x a year @ SAJ, Saturdays in the sanctuary: Join our inter-generational community sing-along at 12:00 pm. We'd love your voices and/or ears to join in! Check out the SAJ calendar for more information. 
  • Play Space @ SAJ: Open play for all ages (with one caregiver per family as supervisor) in our enclosed balcony space. The space is designed to help parents hear the service while their children play at whatever decibel they feel like. The space will be filled with sensory toys, blocks and books for your family's comfort and enjoyment in their spiritual home at SAJ. Please enjoy the space and materials and take the opportunity to build new friendships or grow existing ones.
Mon, June 25 2018 12 Tammuz 5778