Conveying a sense of Shabbat and community to the children is up to each of us. Our annual gathering is a wonderful opportunity to experience Shabbat as a truly inspiring and reinvigorating experience that is often different from Shabbat in our every day lives.
We welcome Shabbat as a community of parents and children at our Closing Circle and Kids Camp Kabbalat Shabbat. You may sign up during the week to participate in an early-seating dinner, which is especially helpful for families with younger children who cannot wait until the later dinner. There will be grape juice and challah so that families may say motzi/Kiddush, but the meal will not follow an organized itinerary. This is a small meal just for young children, parents and children eating at the main dinner should not plan to eat at this time. Families may choose to light candles before or after the dinner and then join everyone else for the community-wide Kabbalat Shabbat gathering.
Shabbat morning begins with a fun, participatory Shabbat Family Service and Bibliodrama, Interactive Parsha Study and Shabbat Singing. Following that, we encourage children who would enjoy to participate in services to do so with their parents.
Volunteer contributions to the children’s Shabbat program make Shabbat at the Institute as pleasant and meaningful for the children as for the adults. If you are willing to volunteer time on Shabbat morning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.