Families

Kehilat Hadar and Shaare Zedek share a commitment to be welcoming and inclusive to families with children of all ages, and for all members of the family to comfortably attend as much of our services and programming as they are able to. There are moments of our prayer service when we fill the room with beautiful song and are excited to have our children’s voices join with us. As there are also times of silent prayer or teaching, we do ask that parents are mindful of their children and noise levels during those times.

In addition to the main service, we have a variety of space and program options for kids during our Shabbat morning services, which meet at Schechter Manhattan, 805 Columbus Avenue, entrance on 100th Street.
 

Spaces

Main Room
Children are welcome and encouraged to attend our main service to enjoy, learn, and participate in our spirited davening. There is a space provided at the back of the main room for children to quietly play and read. Parents are expected to help maintain quiet in the back of the room.

Tot Shabbat Room
A space for children of all ages to play, though primarily geared to children under age 5 (Pre-K) Children should generally be accompanied by an adult, though this room is staffed.

Staff Hours
Summer: 9:45 AM – 11:45 PM
Winter: 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

The intent of the staffed room is to help support families with young children (under 8). It is not intended to be fully drop off, but you can go in and out, as this room is located right next to our main services. Parents and caregivers are still responsible for diaper changes, trips to the bathroom, and returning if child is in need of more supervision.

Our weekly Tot Shabbat services are held in this room: 10:45–11:15 AM year-round.
Children must be accompanied by an adult during Tot Shabbat Services.

Big Kids Room
A space for children in Kindergarten and up. We encourage children to be accompanied by an adult at times when the room is not staffed or programming is not taking place, in order to ensure that the school space is respected.

Staff Hours
Summer: 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Winter: 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

In addition to a paid staff running programming for children in this age group, we will also have a Shinshin (Israeli post-high school ambassador) helping to run games, lessons, and activities geared towards this age group.

Please note that children cannot be left unattended in the hallways of the school. 

On some weeks, we will also offer programming for children in grades 5-7. As this is still in development, please check back again soon and look out for updates in our weekly email.
 

Programs

Tot Shabbat Service
Tot Shabbat Room | 10:45–11:15 AM year-round
Infant to Pre-K
Join us for a spirited family service with song, movement, and story followed by grape juice and a snack. These services are geared towards children under age 5, with older siblings welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kindergarten to 4th Grade Program
K–4  Room | 10:15–11:15 AM year-round
Join us for movement activities including; games, yoga, dance, and more, followed by Jewish learning, prayer, discussion, and singing.

(Coming Soon) Movement for Toddlers
Tot Shabbat Room | 10:15-10:45 AM year-round
Little ones are invited to join in energizing activities before the Tot Shabbat service. Dance, jump, stretch, and smile as we celebrate shabbat with our whole bodies.

More programs and services coming soon!
 

Get Involved!

If you are interested in leading a service or program for children please email family@kehilathadar.org.

To stay informed about all upcoming events please like our Facebook page and join our weekly email list.

We also run a Family list-serve to help parents in our communities connect with one another. Email family@kehilathadar.org to join!

You can also speak to members of our Family Team for more info:
Ariella Tabick, Alison Kapusta and Jason Lehrer
 

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