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Building Jewish Community for Tots, Kids, and Teens

We offer extensive programming for children and teenagers at Shaarei Shamayim. Check out our program materials or contact our office to sign up. We are happy to answer your questions. 

Havurah for Parents of 0-2 year-olds

Parents of very young children get together on a regular basis, often at playgrounds, to meet each other and build community. Additionally, Rabbi Laurie leads Tot Shabbat programs and holiday celebrations. Email our office to sign up.

Kesher Program for 2-4 year-olds

The Kesher program meets monthly for an hour and a half at a time during Gesher, the children's education program. Learn more about our program.

Gesher Program for Kindergarten-7th graders

Gesher is our Hebrew school. Students learn Jewish traditions and values, Torah and holidays, history and life cycle. They grapple with challenging ideas and debate ethical dilemmas using Jewish perspectives. They also learn Hebrew and Jewish prayer as they prepare for their bnei mitzvah. Learn more about our program.

Bnei Mitzvah Program

Most of our students celebrate bnei mitzvah. These are community events that are meaningful and important in the life of a student and their family, as well as the congregation. Students spend a year learning to lead the Shabbat service, chant a Torah portion, write a dvar Torah, and do social justice and community projects. Learn more about our program.

Teacher's Assistant Program

Our teacher's assistants bring energy to our Gesher program. They help to lead the assembly, support teachers in their classrooms, and spend time one-on-one with students. They also learn practical teaching ideas as well as leadership skills. This is also an important first-year job for many of our teens.

Youth Group

We encourage our teens to get together for regular programming throughout the year. They have their own discussions, chant Torah, volunteer, attend retreats, and form their own group. Email our office for more information.

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