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Kids, teens and families: High Holiday Programs and services

We offer a variety of High Holiday programs, services and childcare at the MNjcc. Under the leadership of our Director of Family and Youth Engagement, Sabrina Friedman, our staff is comprised of strong teen Program Leaders, professional educators and parents from our community. To purchase tickets for you and your kids, please download and complete this form. To learn more about our adult services and programs, please visit the High Holidays: Services and Information page. 

Services for Kids, Families and Pre-Teens
These are song-filled opportunities for families and kids to celebrate, learn, and pray together, under dynamic and creative leadership. (Suggested ages below).

  B’Yachad Led by our community's wonderful parents
  Infant - 5 years old (with parent/guardian)
  Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  Rm 318, 3rd floor, MNjcc
  Shevet Achim with Sabrina Friedman/staff, in rotation
  Grade 1 - 5 | 6-10 years old (parents/guardians encouraged)
  Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  Rm 218, 2nd floor, MNjcc
  NEW! N’Oorim with Sabrina Friedman/staff, in rotation
  Grade 6 - 8 | 11-13 years old
  Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  Rm 302, 2nd floor, MNjcc

As the Director of Family and Youth Engagement for the First Narayever, Sabrina Friedman manages all High Holiday children's services and programming. A leader in the downtown Jewish community, she is an educator, musician and performer. Sabrina trained as a social worker and is currently the music teacher for multiple downtown Jewish schools. Sabrina can be reached at sabrina@narayever.ca.



Programs for everyone 17 and under

Many fun and educational programs are offered at the MNjcc. Our goal is to provide children and teens with age appropriate, meaningful, and inspiring High Holiday programming. Our staff is experienced and enthusiastic, and they are looking forward to meeting your children and helping them celebrate the High Holidays together.

Program For Teens
Grab your friends and come check out this fun, exciting program for teens in grades 9-12! An alternative, fun and meaningful approach to your High Holiday experience. Check schedule closer to the dates for exact details.

Teen Program with Sabrina Friedman/Shinshinim/staff, in rotation
Grade 9 - 12 | 14 - 18 years old 
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Rm 302, 3rd floor, MNjcc


Kids' Programming 
New this year: children attending programming without their parent/guardian must be signed in and signed out by their parent or guardian. For daytime programming on all 3 High Holy Days, sign-in will begin promptly at 10:45 am. Any children not signed out to their parent/guardian by 12:30 pm will be escorted by staff to the supervised lounge (room 318, info below), remaining there until the end of services or until signed out by a parent/guardian. 

Programs include age-appropriate activities take place in the classroom areas upstairs at the MNjcc. These provide fun opportunities for your children to interact with their peers while learning about Jewish topics related to the High Holy Days. All children will get the chance to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah Days 1 and 2. Please ensure your children arrive at their programs by the sign-in time (above), as late arrivals can be disruptive.

Aleph with our wonderful teen Program Leaders
3-5 years old (parents/guardians welcome)
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 11:00 am – 12 noon *note earlier end time
Rm 318, 3rd floor, MNjcc

Bet with our wonderful teen Program Leaders
Grade 1-2 | 6-7 years old (parents/guardians welcome)
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rm 302, 3rd floor, MNjcc

Gimmel with our wonderful teen Program Leaders
Grade 3-4 | 8-9 years old
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rm 201, 2nd floor, MNjcc

Dahled/Pre-Teen with our wonderful teen Program Leaders
Grade 5-7 | 10-12 years old
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rm 202, 2nd floor, MNjcc

NEW! Kol Nidre Program for Kids with Sabrina Friedman & staff
2 groups: 
Grade 1-4 | 6 - 9 years old & Grade 5-8 | 10 - 13 years old
During Kol Nidre, 6:45pm - 7:45pm, Erev Yom Kippur Friday September 29 ONLY
Rms TBD, MNjcc

Lounge
Lounge space will be available after Kids' Programming for quiet games, reading, puzzles and informal socializing.

Supervised Lounge with Sabrina Friedman/other staff, on rotation
Grade 1-7 | 6-12 years old
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 12:30 pm – end of services
And (NEW!) after the chanting of Kol Nidre, 7:45pm - 9:30pm on Friday September 29
Rm 318, 3rd floor, MNjcc



Babysitting
& Childcare



Under the direction of Julie Tepperman, babysitting and childcare provide supervised, informal socializing and playtime for children who need a break. Weather permitting, we will also have access to the natural playground. 
Children must be signed in and signed out by their parent or guardian

Babysitting* 
Infant-3 years old 
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 9:00 am - end of services
Nursery, 1st floor, MNjcc

Childcare* 
3-8 years old
Rosh Hashanah (both days) and Yom Kippur, 9:00 am - end of services
Nursery, 1st floor, MNjcc

*Babysitting and childcare are also available during Kol Nidre and Neila (September 29 starting at 6:15 pm until the end of services, and September 30 starting at 4:45 pm until the end of services).

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