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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:

  • emphasize socio-emotional learning 
  • build age-appropriate social justice awareness
  • 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
  • meet at SAJ on Saturdays Oct - May and public spaces, year-round, on weekly Tuesdays and monthly Fridays. See our calendar or see below for details.



Dates: Special July 7/28, High Holidays & then Oct. 6 - May 18 (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 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 email about bringing snack.



Storytime, Song and Movement on the UWS Tuesdays:  
Join Tehilah and the larger UWS community at... Book Culture on 81st and Columbus, every week on Tuesday @ 11:00 am. We do take off, infrequently, for vacation, please check here for details.

NEW Monthly Parent-Only Pela Tuesday evenings 7 - 8:30 pm (UWS location TBC):   Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11

Storytime, Song and Movement (rotating UWS, Harlem & UES) Fridays:  Join us for Fridays 3x a month (1x a month at St. Agnes Library on 81st/Columbus), 1x a month at JCC Harlem - full list of dates below, 1x UES location TBD):

2019-2020 Friday Schedule

11:00 am Jan. 4, 2019 JCC Harlem 
11:30 am Jan. 18 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Feb. 1 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Feb. 15 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am Mar. 1 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Mar. 15 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am April 5 JCC Harlem
11:00 am April 12 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am May 3 JCC Harlem
11:00 am May 17 St. Agnes Library
11:30 am June 7 JCC Harlem
11:00 am Jun. 21 St. Agnes Library

Also check SAJ's Facebook page for details.

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

  • 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.
Wed, May 22 2024 14 Iyar 5784