Program Bank – Cohort 4

Cohort 4: 5774 / 2014 

Congregation Adath Jeshurun,
Elkins Park
The Congregation focused on programs both in and out of the building to engage young families. They created opportunities for families to experience Shabbat in multiple ways: Tot Shabbat programs both at a local market and in the Synagogue, a Pajama Havdalah in a multipurpose room at a local theater, and a “Crossing of the Sea” family ritual program at Saturday morning Shabbat services.
Temple Brith Achim,
King of Prussia
Celebrating Together: A three-part series of community-wide programs conducted over the course of the year including: a program featuring the story of Noah at the Elmwood Park Zoo, an invitation to the Purim Carnival, and a Lag B’Omer picnic at a local park.
Beth Israel Congregation,
Beth Israel chose to offer a Shema Bedtime program for their families and later connected them to other Congregational events, including a Lag B’Omer picnic.
Congregation B’nai Jacob, Phoenixville A Parent-Child Class was created so that children aged 2-5 years could have a Jewish holiday learning experience with their parents four times throughout the year.
Kehilat HaNahar,
New Hope
As part of KHN Out and About, the Congregation had a table at a local arts festival, which featured Jewish music, snacks, and games to engage families and connect them to the Congregation. They continued to reach out to the families and include them in programs at the Synagogue throughout the year.
Congregation Kol Emet,
Hopping through the Holidays: a program geared to attract young children (ages 5 – 7 years) and their families. The program began as a child-focused program and later on in the year included the families.
Congregation Brothers of Israel,
Torah Tots: A free, community outreach preschool program on five Sunday mornings which introduced children to the Torah values found in the cycle of the Jewish year.
Kesher Israel Congregation, West Chester Families who attended the Tot Shabbat programs received “In a Bag” projects for both Shabbat and Jewish Holidays that included materials and resources to use at home. This gift connected families to the Congregation and allowed them to explore new ways to create Jewish memories in their homes.
Tiferet Bet Israel,
Blue Bell
Young Families Group: We set out to create a group of Young Families that included families in our ECEC as well as those outside of it. Our goal for this endeavor was to build a committee of people from both groups and allow them to grow organically from there by following their interests and needs as a basis for planning. This committee immediately planned monthly Young Family Services to be led by Rabbi Selilah Kalev with a dinner to follow, as well as numerous holiday-related events. In addition, the committee is now planning to implement some strictly social events, some of which will be targeted only to the adults.
Old York
Road Temple Beth Am,
Linking your family to Beth Am: Through three programs over the year, the Congregation’s goal was to integrate and make their preschool families feel comfortable in the Synagogue as well as with the clergy/professional staff and other congregants. During three key events (P.J. Havdallah and Bingo, Chanukah Palooza, and Kids in the Kitchen), each family was given a bag of links that they attached to a chain hanging in the building to represent belonging to the community.
Congregation Or Ami,
Lafayette Hill
Making Connections: a series highlighting Shabbat in a variety of ways. The program included a Friday night dinner and service, a Tot Shabbat on Saturday morning, and a Pajama Havdalah program.
Or Hadash,
Fort Washington
Chanukah Heroes and Tile Wall Collaboration: The Congregation created two different opportunities to engage young families. Together, families decorated baked goods and delivered them to a local police station on Christmas Day. Families also went to a local FELS center to design a tile wall to foster community building between the day care facility and the Congregation.