Program Bank – Cohort 5

Cohort 5: 5775 / 2015 

Adath Israel,
Merion Station
A Window on Creation: A Community Star Party – This
congregational initiative offered an indoor planetarium experience to help families connect spiritually as they built community together.
Beth Chaim Reform Congregation
Sunday Fun & Learning is a program series for parents and children that combines themed activities, a sanctuary experience, and community building to foster connections with families with young children within and beyond the congregation.
Beth Israel Congregation,
Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbat Dinner: a two-part program, where children and their families will meet together to learn about Shabbat, create ritual objects, and build community. Then, families will be paired and will enjoy a home-based Shabbat dinner together.
Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun,
BTBJ CHAI 5K: An event that includes an early morning 5K run / 1 mile walk followed by a BTBJ Community Day which includes moon bounces, face painting, food, a DJ and much more. The families will be able to create new friendships and will be invited to additional community-based programs at the synagogue throughout the year.
Congregation Beth Israel of Media,
Tot Shabbat: a thematic Friday evening program highlighting sacred time and Tikkun Olam for families with young children. The program included a catered meal, age-appropriate activities, a brief service and opportunities for families to get to know one another.
Congregation Brothers of Israel,
Torah Tots: an interactive, multi-sensory program to learn about the values in our Torah, utilizing creative drama, crafts, songs, movement and story telling. Geared for preschoolers with a buddy. Families are also invited to Torah Tales and Tot Shabbat throughout the year.
Congregation Kol Emet,
Hoppin’ Through the Holidays: A once/month Sunday program for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten who would like a taste of Jewish culture. Membership is not required.
Congregation Tifereth Israel,
Hands-On Series: a series of parent-child workshops that highlighted holiday-based recipes. Families learned to prepare challah, latkes and hamantaschen for Shabbat, Chanukah and Purim.
Kehilat Hanahar,
New Hope
Jewish Music and Movement: A Sunday morning monthly
preschool program engaging families with young children.
Kesher Israel Congregation,
West Chester
Growing Our Gan: a monthly Parent-Child class for
preschoolers. Held on Sundays, this program leads nicely into their Gan Yeladim class for Kindergarteners and ties into the Tot Shabbat programming this congregation offers.
Mishkan Shalom,
Pajama Shabbat: This community had been offering Tot Shabbat experiences for young families on Saturday morning. This initiative explored whether or not Friday evening was a better fit for their families. Coming in the evening in pajamas proved to be a successful option.
Old York Road Temple – Beth Am,
This community offered a three-part Shabbat series throughout the year. Geared for young families, they included: Friday Night Shabbat, a Young Family Shabbat service, dinner and a magic show, Saturday morning, a Storybook musical theatre show and pizza lunch, and a Saturday Night, Havdalah Dance Party.
Or Hadash,
Fort Washington
Family Night Out and Earth Day: collaborating with a local FELS center. Families were invited to a Night Out program where parents could socialize while kids were entertained by teens from the congregation. Then, congregants visited the local FELS center to engage the preschoolers with an art project. This initiative helped create a larger Jewish community beyond the four walls of
the congregation.
Temple Brith Achim,
King of Prussia
The World Around Us: a three part series for families with young children. The program included: a nature hike, a Havdalah/Pizza/Movie Night, and an event with a musician/zoologist. Families were also invited to attend their Shalom Chaverim program which is a Pre-Shabbat program held on Friday mornings.
Temple Judea of Bucks County,
Congregational Picnic: The Early Learning Center together with the Men’s Club offered a congregational picnic featuring programming for young families. This was a kick-off event to additional Shabbat at the Lake programs held during the summer months.