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Infant & Tot Programming

Tot Storytime at Big Blue Marble Bookstore (offsite at 551 Carpenter Lane)

Join Rabbi Alanna for a Shabbat warm-up filled with stories, songs and crafts!  Keep your eye out for holiday-themed storytime events.  Check our website calendar (filter by Family Programs) for upcoming dates.

Tot Shabbat

LISTEN while puppets teach the week’s Torah portion through story.  SING familiar songs.  LAUGH as tambourines tumble.  DANCE while parading through the space. CONNECT with other families in the community around the table during a delicious, tot-friendly Shabbat dinner.  Advance RSVP is necessary by the Wednesday before each service.  $8/adult, $4/child for dinner (sponsorships available).  Check our website calendar for upcoming dates!

J.A.M. (Jewish Arts & Movement)

Germantown Jewish Centre's JAM (Jewish Arts and Movement) programming, sponsored by the Harold & Renee Berger Family Engagement Endowment Fund, and supported by the Stanley R. Wolfe Foundation, brings families with young children together for creative and engaging experiences around Shabbat and Jewish holidays throughout the year.  Each year, a series of unique, hands-on programs, targeted towards children age 1 to 5, offers families the opportunity to explore Judaism together in a kinetic, whole-body way, singing, moving, dancing, creating, listening, thinking and connecting. Guest artists collaborate with GJC rabbis to lead Shabbat services, afternoon programs and other events with song, dance, storytelling, art, music, puppetry and more.  Relationships are at the heart of synagogue engagement, and each JAM program is built to provide an atmosphere of welcome and inclusion, providing a solid foundation for families to build meaningful and lasting relationships with each other, and to influence GJC culture in new and positive ways.

Advanced registration is necessary. Look for details through the year in upcoming and spotlight events, or stay connected by joining our JAM Facebook group.

Kol Zimrah & Shabbat Pizza Bagel & Pasta Dinner

Do you wish there was a simple dinner you could come to after work (5:15 PM) before GJC's monthly Kol Zimrah service?  There is!  Come enjoy pizza bagels & pasta (catered by Centre Catering under TKS supervision), salad, drinks & community, then join us for our family-friendly monthly Kol Zimrah service for all who are moved by music.  In nice weather, we will set up on the playground.  In cold and inclement weather, the dinner will be held in the Temin Canteen Room, and play equipment will be set up to keep the little ones busy.  $8/adult, $4/child with a maximum of $25/family.  Advanced registration is necessary.  Check our website calendar (filter by Family Programs) for upcoming dinners.

Baby & Me @ GJC

Fridays at 11:00 AM

Fridays are baby days at Germantown Jewish Centre! Baby & Me is a bi-weekly group that provides a space for new parents and caregiversto connect with their babies and each other. The group will have familiarfacilitators, and will occasionally host special topic workshops, such asbaby massage and baby wearing. The group meets bi-weekly;check our online calendar for exact dates.  All are welcome!