Program Bank – Cohort 3

Cohort 3: 5773 / 2013 


Beth David Reform Congregation, Gladwyne “A Listening Campaign” on Back to School Day where parents had an opportunity to provide insight and comments on connecting with the congregation. Feedback from workshop was extremely positive and the Berger team is in the process of understanding the comments and will develop programming and structures based on what they heard.
Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County, Uwchland Expanding our Shabbat experiences for families by providing additional opportunities for socializing and identifying new ways for families to get involved in the congregation.
Congregation Brothers of Israel, Newtown Celebration Station and Beyond is programming to introduce Families with preschool children to our synagogue community. It is a multi dimensional program of Sunday Children’s programming, family program led by our Rabbi, inclusion in child centered holiday celebration and parent only events. This is an on-going program, with events scheduled through May of 2014.
Congregation Kol Emet, Yardley The congregation has decided to focus on providing tools and resources to parents around three home rituals: Bedtime, Friday night and Passover. Their programs will run from February-March and be hands-on experiences that will model how-to do these rituals and then empower the parents with the tools needed to continue doing the rituals at home.
Kesher Israel Congregation, West Chester “Shabbat in a Box” – a kit that can be sent home families who have kids under 5 and come to Tot Shabbat. The items contained in the bag will also be integrated into the Tot Shabbat service so that families can learn the skills in the congregation and then continue them at home.
Mishkan Shalom, Center City A special Tot Shabbat experience followed by a Havdallah concert a month after. It is the intention of the committee to speak to parents at both events in order to identify experiences that will bring more people into the Tot Shabbat fold.
Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation, Fort Washington Or Hadash developed a program designed to both engage their current families and attract new families. They hosted a picnic in the park in July and a swim party in August. They are starting a 3-year old “Mommy and Me” class as well as a “Primer Class” to enable families to learn together about rituals. They are targeting the families who attended the summer program for participation in these other programs.
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Wynnewood A new Early Childhood Education (ECE) Director was hired in the summer 2013. Since she came on board, they developed a full calendar of events, both to engage current members as well as to encourage membership.
Temple Judea of Bucks County, Doylestown The Temple Judea committee created a Family Fun Night in the Spring followed by three “Shabbat at the Lake” experiences.
Temple Sinai, Dresher L’dor V’dor – a series of intergenerational programming encouraging grandparents/special people to bring little ones to the synagogue for afternoons of hands-on activities and foods centered on Jewish values.
Congregation Tifereth Israel, Bensalem Hands-on Holidays is a series of six programs targeted to families with young children currently enrolled in preschool to engage those families and ease the transition to the synagogue and religious school. Each program provides the opportunity for participants to create informal connections with each other, the Rabbi and Education Director, and families with children at a similar age who are already involved in the synagogue.



Lori Rubin / 215.320.0402