For families with children in Pre-school (3-4 years old as of 9/1/18), Kindergarten or 1st grade and their younger siblings (in child care).
Rabbi Miriam Philips, Director of Family Learning
Two Saturdays Per Month, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Beginning Fall 2018
Imagine braiding a Havdalah* candle with your kids, while learning why Havdalah candles symbolize the diversity of Jewish families today, and then joining a circle for a beautiful musical celebration of Havdalah followed by dinner with your friends. Precious moments like these await families who participate in Shabbat Together.
Shabbat Together this year is open to families whose oldest child is entering Pre-school, Kindergarten or 1st Grade. You’ll have an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat with your family, make family friends and eat dinner with your community. Younger siblings (under 3) are cared for in optional child care (with a child care fee).
Shabbat Together meets two Saturday afternoons a month, and includes lively song session, Havdalah*, and a learning session--either together as a family or in parallel. Parallel adult learning is with our clergy and educators, and children learn in grade-level classes. The family learning will be primarily experiential, based on creating meaningful projects together.
Occasionally, we’ll venture off the Beth Am campus for hikes, mitzvah projects and other activities. Each session will conclude with dinner as a Shabbat Together community. Not only is this one less meal for busy parents to plan, it provides more time for relationships to develop. We even have playground coverage during dinner, so parents have a chance to relax!
Registration is now open! If you are not currently a member, learn more about joining Congregation Beth Am. For families who are new to Beth Am, your first year membership fees are included as part of enrollment in Shabbat Together, through the Aleph Bet membership program.
To learn more, please visit the Shabbat Together Frequently Asked Questions page. For additional information, please contact Rabbi Miriam Philips, (650) 493-4665.
*Havdalah is a short, sweet ceremony that separates Shabbat from the rest of the week.
Those attending Shabbat Together do not need to enroll in Sunday Program.