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Families with Young Children


Chanukah Experiences 2020

Dear Temple Sinai Families with Young Children (FwYC) Community – We miss all of you and our community and hope that you and your loved ones are well. 

We are excited to share with you a variety of opportunities to celebrate Chanukah with your Temple Sinai friends, as well as with other families locally and nationally.  Several celebrations are in-person outdoors, and others are online via Zoom or Facebook.  Details are below with registration links as necessary.

  • Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pmTemple Sinai First Night Community Candle LightingJoin Rabbi Glazer and her family to light the first candle and begin the holiday together.  Email for a Zoom link.
  • Friday, December 11 at 5:30 pm -- Zoom Chanukah Tot Shabbat and K-2 Academy (geared toward families with children birth through grade 2).  Miss Vivian, Rabbi Glazer and Cantor Shemesh will lead us in songs and blessings to celebrate Chanukah and Shabbat. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pmTemple Sinai Chanukah Shabbat service on Zoom.  Join us for a family-friendly, joyful celebration of Chanukah and Shabbat featuring special videos by the Temple Sinai band and our Shir Libeinu choir. Email for a Zoom link.
  • Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 pm -- Summit Community Menorah Lighting on Summit Green, hosted by Temple Sinai, Congregation Ohr Shalom, Congregation Beth Hatikvah and the Summit Interfaith Council. More details on whether this will take place in-person or on Zoom to follow.
  • Tuesday, December 15 at 5:00 pmInterfaith Candle Lighting at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.
  • Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 pm -- PJs and Chanukah Story on Zoom with Rabbi Glazer (geared toward children ages 1 through 8)Put on your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join Rabbi Glazer for a Chanukah story!  Click here to RSVP.  The Zoom link will be sent to you in the registration confirmation email.
  • Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm – Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, the early childhood affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism is hosting a national Chanukah program,  Light it Up: Illuminating our Present and Future.  This will be a beautiful, online family program, featuring beloved clergy, renowned Jewish artists from across the country.  Click here to RSVP.
  • Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pmJewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Chanukah PJ PartyClick here to RSVP on Federation’s website.

If you have any questions about the above programs, please call or email me.

Also, we are planning an Intergenerational Community Havdalah Celebration on Saturday evening, February 6 at 6:30pm.  Please save the date and ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and more from around the country to save the date, too!  More information and a registration link will follow.


Tot Shabbat

~ Take a break from your busy week ~

~ Meet other families with young children ~

~ Enjoy a joyful Shabbat celebration for adults and children ~

Join us for our FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY Tot Shabbat service, filled with singing, dancing, blessings, storytelling and musical instruments. Celebrate Shabbat with Amy Damast, ECEP Director, song leader Vivian Gibilisco, Rabbi Gershon, Cantor Shemesh and a dynamic group of families with young children! This monthly service is geared toward children ages birth to first grade and the adults who love them!

Holiday Programming - Early Childhood High Holy Days Program - Geared toward ages 18 months to 4 years, the children will learn about the many customs and rituals associated with the High Holy Days, including Tashlikh, shofar blowing, reflecting on the past year and vowing to “do better.” The children will participate in art activities, sing and dance, explore classroom materials, enjoy holiday-related stores and, weather permitting, play in our backyard playground. The program will be facilitated by Dr. Amy Damast, director of the Early Childhood Education Program.

This service takes place on the first day of Rosh haShanah and on Yom Kippur from 2:30-3:00pm. It is a family-friendly, fun, and interactive 30-minute service, with songs, prayers, and story. This service is perfect for children ages 8 and younger, their siblings, and parents. This service is open to the entire local community – no tickets are required.

  • Festival Programming

Temple Sinai provides opportunities for families to celebrate festivals together throughout the year. Your family might can enjoy time in the sukkah for our Pizza in Hut Sukkot celebration. You might want to dress up for Purim and join in the festivities at our outstanding Purim Carnival. Or you might choose to celebrate Shavuot planting flowers and singing in the Temple backyard. These celebrations change each year, and everyone is welcome!

Social Action/Tikkun Olam - Our community of families with young children values opportunities for their children to participate in hands-on activities to make the world a better place. These activities have included working with GRACE’s Refrigerator to provide food for local food-insecure families, hauling mulch to beautify the Temple backyard, cooking and socializing with local homeless families who are visitors to our Temple through Family Promise’s Hospitality for the Homeless Program, and putting together bedtime bags for children who benefit from Project Night Night. Have ideas of other ways for young children to learn the joys of giving their time for others? Let us know!

Rabbi Roundtable - The Rabbi hosts 4 programs annually to support parents looking to incorporate Jewish values and rituals into their home lives. Topics might address including Shabbat celebrations in our busy lives, bringing Judaism to interfaith homes, and more.

Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782