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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!

Tot Shabbat Services and Dinners
Tot Holiday Activities
Shabbat Childcare
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 2019-20 schedule.) RSVP online by the Wednesday before so we know how much food to order.

Holiday Activities

  • Rosh Hashanah Tot Service
  • Yom Kippur Tot Service
  • Sukkot Celebration
  • Chanukah Celebration
  • Purim Shpiel and Carnival

Shabbat Childcare: Beth Am is committed to creating a family-friendly environment every Shabbat. Children are always welcome to join the congregation at Friday evenings services, but we know that kids will be kids! That’s why each week, Beth Am offers children a kid-friendly dinner as well as supervision with engaging, age-appropriate activities (think Jewish stories, crafts, lawn games, playground time). We’ve also added opportunities for young members of our congregation to participate in Shabbat services.

Jewish Baby Network: Beth Am and 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

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