Young Families

Beth El Synagogue is highly regarded for its Young Families programming, targeting families raising Jewish children ages birth to 10 years old. Activities are planned both at Beth El and out in our communities. Highlights of programming include: Fall Orchard outing, Young Families Shabbat Dinners, Family FUNday Sundays, and more. Families do not need to be members of Beth El to participate. Contact our Director of Young Families Engagement, Amanda Awend, or visit our Facebook page for more information about upcoming opportunities to participate.

Shabbat and Holiday Children’s Programming
Children of all ages are welcome at all times at Beth El Synagogue. In fact, hanging outside the Spiegel Sanctuary are Grandma Fay’s Shul Bags. These bags contain “quiet toys” to enable children to have a fun and educational time experiencing Shabbat and holiday services with their parents in the sanctuary. There is also a “quiet room” alongside the sanctuary should a parent need to take an “unhappy” child out of the room, but still participate in the service.

Childcare and Babysitting
For those adults attending Saturday morning services, free childcare is available for children ages 2-5 years old from 9:00 am until the end of the service. Stories, games, free play and a short service (Tot Shabbat) are all components of this program, which takes place 52 weeks a year and is free of charge.

Shorashim (K-1 Religious School)
For registered K-1 graders weekly on Shabbat 10:00-11:45 a.m. Shorashim is an exciting program incorporating t’fillah, parshah, holidays, Jewish values, singing, and much more. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Awend, Shorashim Director and Director of Young Families Engagement at 952.873.7318 or by email.

Sha’ar Program
Occurs every Shabbat beginning at 9:00 am until the end of services – location varies. Children in 2nd-4th grades celebrate Shabbat with stories, games, t’fillot and snack. This program takes place 52 weeks a year and is free of charge. Junior Shabbat led by parent volunteers is also part of this program.

Junior Shabbat
Occurs on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Shabbat of the month at 10:45 am A new enhanced service for our 2nd-4th grade Sha’ar students. The focus will be on skills, choreography and meaning of the t’fillot. This will give our students a head start on the t’fillot they will begin learning in the TaRBuT program (our Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparatory program) in 5th grade.

Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand) Children’s Choir
Occurs on the 2nd & 4th Shabbat of the month at 11:15 am Choir for K-4th grade children which meets and learns a variety of songs to share with the congregation throughout the year. Open to new members at any time. For more information, please contact Cantor Audrey Abrams at 952.873.7317 or by email.

Apples & Honey
Occurs on the first Shabbat of the month from 10-11:00 am. Adults and children will enjoy this abbreviated, informal, participatory Shabbat morning family service. Geared to children up through 4th grade.