Program Bank – Cohort 6

Cohort 6: 5776 / 2016 


Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center
The Mini-Minion is a one-hour program geared for children ages 3-7. The Shabbat celebration includes stories, singing, blessings, and activities that focus on the weekly Torah portion or holiday cycle. Parents are invited to stay with their children or to join our concurrent adult service and culminates with a Kiddush for the whole community.
Beth Chaim Reform Congregation
Family Connections is an 8-week program to bring parents and young children together to connect to Jewish life and traditions. Each 45-minute session, will include time for socializing, a planned activity to engage both adults and children, with age-appropriate Jewish content, and snacks.
Beth Israel Congregation
Chester County
Come Celebrate Passover Together! This two part program features: a musical program for young children and an interactive Passover Seder for Young Children and their Families. Children will create a placemat that outlines the seder steps, sample customary Passover foods and receive a “Come to my Seder” CD by Andi Joseph, to reinforce Passover concepts learned.
Beth Tikvah-B’nai Jeshurun
This congregation is in the process of developing programs that connect their Early Childhood program families more directly with their congregation.
Congregation Brothers of Israel
TORAH TOTS: 6 Sunday morning programs for preschoolers and an adult buddy. These programs are designed to introduce ECE families to traditions and values of Jewish living.
Congregation Kol Emet
Sababa Shabbat: a Tot Shabbat program held at various locations in the neighborhood – eg a supermarket, a library, a kids gym, a playground, and the rabbi’s backyard. Designed to include places that families go in their ordinary lives, this five-part series involved time to meet, play, sing, create and eat together.
Congregation of Shaare Shamayim, Philadelphia Sing A Long Shabbat and Tot Shabbat: An opportunity to engage families in an inter-generational, educational and Jewish Shabbat experience.
Germantown Jewish Centre
JAM: Jewish Arts and Music—an initiative that brings exciting, fun and educational programs to children and families. Guest artists collaborate with GJC rabbis to lead Shabbat services, afternoon programs and other events with song, dance, storytelling, art, music, puppetry and more.
Har Zion Temple
Penn Valley
This congregation is in the process of looking to consolidate and focus their offerings for young families. One example is Shabbat Sha-Blue Jeans — a monthly opportunity to welcome Shabbat with prayer, singing, dancing and dinner!
Kehilat HaNahar
New Hope
Havdalah Movie Nights: A three part series: the entire family can enjoy a movie, crafts, snacks, and Havdalah in their wooded outdoor sanctuary.
Kesher Israel Congregation
West Chester
Havdalah Hayride: Participants will take a hayride to a bonfire for a beautiful havdallah service under the skies– a great way to build community with friends both old and new.
Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El
Elkins Park
This synagogue would like to attract young families to grow with them. They are in the process of building a systemic approach to attracting new families and then to engage them.
Mishkan Shalom
Tot Shabbat: An age-appropriate Shabbat service experience for families. The program began with a communal meal allowing new families with tots to get to know other people from the congregation. The service included puppets, songs and stories.
Old York Road Temple – Beth Am
Havdalah Happenings: Two special programs that included a story telling event with and hands-on Havdalah activities, and a Havdalah dance party with games and prizes.
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
Bucks County
Hands-On Havdalah: A two-part program for young families with children preschool through 5th grade. The first part allowed children to create fun Havdallah arts and crafts projects including kiddush cups (plastic) and spice boxes. This program included lunch, a sing a long segment, a Havdallah story, and a quick learning piece about Havdallah. They then used the items created during the Havdallah Under The Stars program, a visiting planetarium program preceded by a Havdallah sing along led by the Cantor.
Or Hadash, A Reconstructionist Congregation
Fort Washington
This congregation has worked over time to create programs and engagement methods to welcome more families with young children while bonding as a community in the process. They wish to create more awareness of their presence in the community as well.
Shir Ami
Cuddle Up Shabbat/Tot Shabbat: Offered on both Friday evenings and Saturday mornings both inside and outside of the congregational walls, these programs offer young families the ability to celebrate Shabbat together in new and different ways.
Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel (BZBI)
In the process of creating programs for families to help them feel more connected and invested in the congregation – trying to engage young families while expanding membership.
Temple Brith Achim
King of Prussia
Celebrating the Earth & Protecting the Environment: a three-part series of holiday-based programs designed to draw unaffiliated families with young children to our synagogue and at locations within our community and engage them in Jewish life through educational activities, prayers, songs, crafts and food.