Early Childhood

Tot ShabbatThe Early Childhood programs are coordinated by the Early Childhood Committee of Congregation B’nai Shalom. The goal of these programs is to increase family connections to the congregation and to regular practice, incorporating Jewish tenets and ritual within the home and family. Many of our Early Childhood programs and all community events are open to all.

Tot Shabbat’s Hanukkah Party/Annual Day of Giving and Interactive Magic Show

The Youth Engagement of Lifelong Learning (YELL) and Early Childhood Committees are hosting the Annual Tot Shabbat/Hanukkah Party/Day of Giving on December 16th at 10:15.   Please help us celebrate the Day of Giving by bringing in new children’s hats, gloves or mittens to donate to Cradles to Crayons.

A short child-friendly (ages 0 – 6) Shabbat Service will be followed by a light catered Kiddush Luncheon.  Entertainment will be provided by Yuri, the Prince of Colors, an interactive magic show.   Please feel free to bring a nut/meat free snack or dessert to share (optional).

This is a free event, as funding has been generously donated by the Lisa Elaine Fiengold Memorial Fund. However, we are asking you to RSVP as we need to know how much food needs to be provided.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13th to lzembruski@cbnaishalom.org

palsOPENING February 5th 2018! Congregation B’nai Shalom is pleased to announce the establishment of a Full Day Preschool – PALS!  The program will be for 3 and 4 year old children and will be in session daily from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM with early drop off at 7:30 AM and extended day until 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in our program or would like more information, please contact Amy Scott, Founding Director!

Early Childhood Monthly Preschool Program – Sundays

גרעינים                                             Garinim!

Garinim, Hebrew for seedlings, is our youngest addition to Sunday mornings continuing this fall! We will be offering a class for three and four year old children on select Sunday mornings from 8:30 am-11:00 am! Music, arts and crafts, free play time and snack will be included in the morning’s activities.   Garinim, will be taught by longtime CBS teacher Andrea Young. Garinim programs include Candy Apple Decorating for Rosh Hashanah, Planting for Tu B’Shevat,  Purim Palooza, and a Pajama Party! The program will meet on the following Sundays from 8:30 am – 11:00 am:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Click HERE to register for Garinim.  $30 fee per morning, $175 fee if you sign up for all 6 sessions!

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Tot Shabbat provides a warm, fun-filled, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to children from birth to age five and their parents, Tot Shabbat is led by an experienced musician and one of our Rabbis. Tot Shabbat includes a welcome art activity, often linked to an upcoming holiday. Then, children and families also gather for a brief, 30-minute service filled with song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light children’s snack is served.

 Early Childhood Programming

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Tot Shabbat Dates
Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:15 Followed By Day Of Giving
Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:15
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:15
Other Programming
Sunday, March 4, 2018 11:30 PURIM CARNIVAL!
Saturday, May 12, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PJ Havdalah
Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Shabbat Picnic Meet Up!

PJPJ Library

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music. Through a partnership between Congregation B’nai Shalom and PJ Library, we mail high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to our families on a monthly basis – free of charge.

All Congregation B’nai Shalom member families with children from age six-months through six years of age are welcome to enroll.