For Kids & Teens

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Family Services - Open to the Public (first day of Rosh Hashanah)

Families with young children are welcomed to a community-wide afternoon service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah at 3:00 pm. No tickets or registration required. Join us afterwards for JRC’s Tashlich service, 4:30 pm Dawes Park (Church and Lake Streets) on the north side of the lagoon.

Family Services - Open to the Public (Yom Kippur) 

Families with young children are welcomed to a community-wide afternoon service on Yom Kippur at 3:00 pm. No tickets or registration required. 

This year, JRC will structure High Holiday programming for youth with three components:

  • T’fillah: Spiritual Programming
  • Oneg: Snacks and Socializing
  • Community Hofshi: Free Time with Activity Choices

We have made an effort to provide continuous youth activities from 9:30am-1:00pm—concurrent with the services in the main sanctuary—so that parents can fully participate in the Days of Awe in whatever way is meaningful to them.  

Schedule

9:30 – 10am: Intergenerational beginning to the holiday with singing and shofar blowing in the main sanctuary                                                                                                               

10 – 11am: T’fillah

  • 0—Pre-K service (with grownups) led by Bonnie Silverman 
  • K—2nd grade service (grownups optional) led by Paulette Herbstman  
  • 3rd—6th grade service, grownups optional (at The Merion senior community on Rosh Hashanah; at the church on Yom Kippur) 
    • On Rosh Hashanah, students are encouraged to help lead services with the guidance of Stan Cohn at The Merion (formerly North Shore Hotel), a senior residence around the corner from JRC’s High Holiday Services. Parents and interested adults are encouraged to attend and participate. Meet in the Chapel at 9:30 am. We will walk from there to The Merion. 
  • 7th—12th grade programs

11-11:30am: Oneg for all ages in the Great Hall (on Yom Kippur, Community Hofshi will begin at 11am)

11:45am: Rabbi’s Sermon begins in Main Sanctuary (for parents who wish to attend)

11:30-1pm: Community Hofshi for Grades K-6, supervised by Grades 7-12* and adult volunteers in the Great Hall Includes social justice projects, art, games, music jam and singing, and supervised play

*Note for post-b’nai mitzvah aged youth

During Community Hofshi, kids who are pre-b’nai mitzvah age should either be supervised in the Great Hall, or in the company of their parents/grownups. Kids who are post-b’nai mitzvah are, as Jewish adults, encouraged to spend the time as is right for them, including participating in main services, helping to supervise Community Hofshi for younger children, or quietly in other spaces, as other adults do. We ask that post-b’nai mitzvah teens not distract younger children from being where they are asked to be.

Babysitting

9:30-1:00pm: Babysitting (by paid registration) for those 18 mon—Pre-K. 

Attending Services

Children and teens are more than welcome to join the main High Holiday services. However, please remember that they may not roam unescorted through the building; parents must supervise children and teens who attend services with them. Young children must be escorted by an adult to enter/exit the building, as well as to go to/from the washrooms and services. Remember, we are guests in someone else’s place of worship.

To volunteer to help with Family Programming, please contact High Holiday Committee Chair Jerry Herst at [email protected]

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