Child Care: Shabbat & High Holidays
During the school year we provide child care from 10:00 am to noon on Shabbat mornings and (with extended hours) on holidays for children age 2-5. This is a drop-off program supervised by one of our preschool teachers. Children play, read stories and eat snacks while parents are participating in Shabbat and holiday services. We thank the Women's Club for sponsoring child care and allowing us to provide this important service free of charge. For Shabbat, no reservations are necessary. On Shabbat we may be able to accommodate children under age 2, depending on the given circumstances on a given day. Please check in with the childcare provider as needed. For holidays, please see detailed information under High Holidays.
Children's Prayer Services: Shabbat & High Holidays
Each Shabbat morning GJC offers a range of prayer services for children allowing them to participate in meaningful, age-appropriate worship.
Musical Marching Minyan, a parent-child service for preschoolers (monthly, generally the first Shabbat of the month 10am - 11am, during the school year)
The Musical Marching Minyan is a high-spirited, action-packed musical prayer service for kids old enough to walk (or be carried by a willing adult!). Led by a rotating cast of volunteer parent musicians.
Ginat Shabbat, a parent-child service for children through Grade 1 (every Saturday, 11am - noon, during the school year)
Ginat Shabbat is a garden of delights for pre-schoolers ready to move their little bodies and partake in fun and engaging Shabbat activities. This minyan uses its own Siddur, written by one of our congregants. The program includes prayer, sharing, and a puppet show highlighting themes from the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. Each session features it own kiddush followed by story-telling. Led by Miss Amy Jo.
NEW! Torah Yoga - Saturdays at 10 AM (approximately twice a month, check back for exact dates) We offer Shabbat morning Torah Yoga for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Our teacher, Dove, brings together Jewish learning and yoga postures to awaken the body, heart and soul.
Junior Congregation, youngster-led service for children in Grades 2-6 (every Saturday, 11am - noon, during the school year)
In this weekly prayer service, children take the lead in running the program contributing in whatever way is comfortable for them. Some children lead prayers in English or Hebrew; some prepare Torah readings; even the youngest children participate in a variety of activities that do not require reading knowledge. Any child who wants a leadership role in the service can speak with the service coordinator about volunteering. Led by Rabbi Shai Gluskin
Kid's Kiddush, kid-friendly fare and social time at noon for children in Grades 1-7.
Junior Congregation Summer Edition, an adult-supervised youngster-led service for children of all ages from the end of school to Labor Day.
Tot Shabbat (& Holidays)
Approximately once a month, usually on a Friday night, Rabbi Zeff leads this program for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families. We welcome Shabbat or celebrate Havdalah or another holiday with singing, marching, puppet shows and stories followed by a delicious but simple catered dinner. The service begins at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm (advance registration required).
GJC Celebrates! is a series of programs encouraging families to learn and celebrate the holidays together. Our calendar includes family services, shared meals and festive holiday celebrations during Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukah and Purim.