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Families with Young Children

Congregation Beth Am offers many programs for families with young children, aimed at celebrating Shabbat and holidays together as a community as well as enriching observances in their own homes. Participate in these events to learn, observe and form friendships that will last for years to come!

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Tot Shabbat Services and Dinners
Holiday Activities
Shabbat Sha-boogie: Family Shabbat Service
Jewish Baby Network

Tot Shabbat Services and Dinners
Families with children ages five and under celebrate Shabbat in a kid-friendly service. Tot Shabbat includes singing, dancing, blessings and a short story told by one of the rabbis. Every month, families with young children enjoy an informal Shabbat dinner. We also hold Saturday morning Tot Shabbat services with lots of singing, dancing, snacking and playing. (See below for a 2016-17 schedule.)

Upcoming 2016-17 Tot Shabbats:
Friday evening services are held at 5:15 PM; Saturday morning services are held at 9:15 AM.

2016 Dates

  • Friday, September 9
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 22 (Sukkot Celebration)
  • Friday, November 11
  • Friday, December 23  (Combined Chanukah celebration with Shabbat Sha-Boogie)

2017 Dates

  • Friday, January 13
  • Saturday, January 28
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 25
  • Saturday, April 8
  • Friday, April 28
  • Friday, May 12
  • Saturday, May 20
  • Friday, June 9
  • Friday, July 7

Holiday Activities (2016-17 | 5777)
Children's programs are offered on various holidays and are designed to explore some of the central lessons of each holiday.

  • Rosh Hashanah, Jubilee Christian Center: Monday, October 3, 2:00 PM
    The Rosh Hashanah service includes a special blessing for all babies born or adopted in the past year.
  • Yom Kippur, Jubilee: Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 PM
  • Sukkot Celebration in the Sukkah: Saturday, October 22, 9:15 AM
  • Chanukah Tot Shabbat Sha-Boogie: Friday, December 23, 5:15 PM
  • Purim Shpiel and Carnival: Sunday, March 12, 11:00 AM

Shabbat Sha-Boogie: Family Shabbat Service
Families with children in elementary school come together with clergy and staff for a high energy, abbreviated Shabbat service with stories and songs followed by an informal dinner.

2016-2017 Sha-Boogie Dates

 

  • Friday, September 23
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, December 23 (Combined Chanukah celebration with Tot Shabbat)
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Friday, March 31, 2017

Jewish Baby Network

 

Beth Am and our partner congregation, Kol Emeth, launched the Jewish Baby Network to connect expectant parents and new families (with babies up to age 2) to each other and to Jewish life. We do this by offering playgroups, classes, welcome bags, special events and an online forum. Over 150 families have joined the Jewish Baby Network! Participating families rave about how the program has introduced them to new friends, motivated them to incorporate Jewish traditions into their new babies' lives and provided resources to help navigate life as a new parent within the larger Jewish community. Learn more at www.jewishbabynetwork.org.

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Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • (650) 493-4661 Contact Us

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