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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 2017-18 schedule.)

Upcoming 2017-18 Tot Shabbats Services:
(Friday evening services are held at 5:15 PM; Saturday morning services are held at 10:00 AM.)

  • Friday, September 8
  • Saturday, October 7
  • Friday, October 27
  • Friday, November 10
  • Friday, December 15
  • Friday, January 12
  • Saturday, January 27
  • Friday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 24
  • Friday, March 9
  • Saturday, March 24
  • Friday, April 13
  • Friday, May 4
  • Saturday, May 19
  • Friday, June 8
  • Friday, July 13

Holiday Activities
Children's programs are offered on various holidays and are designed to explore some of the central lessons of each holiday.

  • Rosh Hashanah at Jubilee Christian Center: Thursday, September 21, 1:45 PM
  • Yom Kippur at Jubilee Christian Center: Saturday, September 30, 1:45 PM
  • Sukkot Family Festival: Wednesday, October 4, 4:00 PM Sukkah Building; 5:00 PM Decorating & Celebration
  • Chanukah Tot Shabbat: Friday, December 15, 5:15 PM
  • Purim Shpiel and Carnival: Sunday, March 4, 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.

  • October 27, 2017 (with Tot Shabbat)
  • December 15, 2017 (with Tot Shabbat)
  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • April 27, 2018

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 450 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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