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Youth Programs


Please note that all in-person babysitting and family & youth programming is suspended due to the pandemic. Narayever Family & Youth is committed to retaining a vibrant, enriching community for our children and families online during this time. Please contact us, below, for more information. 

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Shabbat morning programming: Come visit any Shabbat during the school year (except during the Winter Holidays) and see what great, enriching programming our teen Program Leaders and our Shinshiniot have to offer! 

Children of all ages are always welcome in our sanctuary services with their families.

Overseen by our Director of Family and Youth Engagement, Sabrina Friedman, MSW (below), we also have specially designed programming for kids throughout the school year   & on the High Holidays. Parents also take on a dynamic role, participating   in the youth committee or actively engaging in or leading children’s programs.

 Sabrina provides programming and leadership to our children   from childhood, to Bar/Bat Mitzvah and through their teen years. Sabrina is   also the aunt to 9. 

Each Shabbat during the school year we provide fun, interactive programming for children that centers around Jewish content.

Beginning at 10am, we offer babysitting for children 3 months to 6 years, until approximately 12:15 pm.


Beginning at 11am we offer structured children's programming:


Garinim (“seeds”, ages 0 – 4/5):
An interactive program for small children and their grown-up, consisting of exciting Jewish songs, tefilot, stories, dances and more!


Shtilim (“saplings”, ages 5/6 – 9):
The perfect program for those mid-age kids. Functioning like a Junior Congregation, the aim is to have the children become familiar the Shabbat morning service, preparing them to eventually lead tefillot (prayers), and to be able to participate meaningfully in the Saturday morning services.


Netivot (“pathways”, ages 10 – 12):
This program aims to hone the older kids’ approach toward and knowledge of tefillah and their understanding of Shabbat. Our goal is to encourage them to confidently lead from the bema and equally important, to understand what they’re singing.


Shabbat Family Services: A Shabbat morning service meant for kids of all ages and their grown-ups to enjoy, sing, learn and pray together and co-led by our wonderful parents and shul professionals. These family-inclusive services take place in the Narayever basement social hall instead of kids' programming. Get in touch with Sabrina (email below) for details on dates and times. 


Havdalah for Families (Saturday evenings, monthly in Fall/Winter):

A family-inclusive, musical Havdalah experience for kids and their grown-ups. Get that extra kick of Jewish ritual in your week: say the blessings, sing, hear a story, do a craft and have a light snack with Sabrina and our ShinShiniot.
Family Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evenings, monthly in Spring/Summer): 
A family-inclusive, musical Kabbalat Shabbat service for kids and their grown-ups. Get that extra kick of Jewish ritual in your week: sing beautiful instrument-infused Kabbalat Shabbat music, say the blessings, and have a light snack with Sabrina and Rabbi Elkin.


Holiday Programming for Families: Sabrina, the ShinShiniot, & the Narayever Teen Leaders create and lead meaningful holiday-based programming or babysitting for children and their families for most Jewish holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Shavuot & Lag B'Omer. Join the Just for Families Listserve or follow @famyouthnarayever on Instagram to stay up to date! 


Other Programming:


Bar/Bat Mitzvah: During the school year students approaching their Bar/Bat Mitzvah participate in a bimonthly class co-facilitated by Rabbi Elkin and Sabrina Friedman, our Director of Family and Youth Engagement. The class provides opportunities to explore themes relevant to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah & fosters development of a shul community for our young people. Check out the Bat/Bar Mitzvah page for more information. 


For questions about any of our youth programs please contact Sabrina Friedman, our Director of Family and Youth Engagement at, or contact our Youth Committee Co-Chairs at


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