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Youth Programs

We are back in the swing of things, with Shabbat morning programming (details below) running normally. 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 Shinshinim, Nir and Lian have to offer! 

Children of all ages are always welcome in our regular 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 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 music teacher at a Downtown Jewish school and aunt to 8. 

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


Beginning at 10am, we offer babysitting for children 3 months to 6 years, until approximately 12:30 pm.


Beginning at 10:45 am we offer more 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 will be to familiarize and practice the Shabbat service, preparing them to eventually lead tefillot, 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.


Other Programming:


Chalutzim Youth Group: for teens grade 8 & up. Our two Israeli emissaries (Shinshinim) bring their energy & creativity to offer interesting, fun programming throughout the year.


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


For questions about any of our youth programs please contact Sabrina Friedman, our Director of Family and Youth Engagement at, or contact Galina Vaisman the youth committee chair at

Mon, November 19 2018 11 Kislev 5779