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Family Shabbat at Shaarei Shamayim

Every Friday night at 5:00 p.m. join us for Family Shabbat at Shaarei Shamayim. We'll wish each other Shabbat shalom, Rabbi Laurie will tell a story, and we'll sing Shabbat songs together. Email for link to Zoom gathering.

Doing Jewish at Home

We can't be together, but we can still learn about being Jewish, do Jewish rituals, and help other people. Our curriculum is based on a Jewish text that says, "The world stands on three things: On Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (prayer), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of kindness)" (Pirkei Avot 1:2). Doing Jewish at Home is broken down into these three categories. Do as many activities as you'd like for each category and write them down. If you're on a roll, fill out more than one sheet. If your family uses goals or incentives, figure out what makes the most sense with your kids.  

  • Torah includes Jewish learning of all kinds
  • Avodah includes Jewish prayer, ritual, and culture
  • Gemilut chasadim includes acts of kindness, as well as tikkun olam (repair of the world or social action)

Download and print these two documents, Doing Jewish at Home Ideas and Checklist and the Family Discussion and Journal-Keeping Guide, and get started!

Family Passover Gathering

This past April Rabbi Laurie and her puppets led an interactive Passover seder for parents and kids of all ages. We used our Passover Family Haggadah with contributions from our Bet Sefer students, as well as our Passover Toddler-Preschooler Haggadah for younger kids. 

Family offerings from the Reconstructionist movement

See Camp Havaya's Facebook page or email Rabbi Laurie for up to date listings.

Online Resources for Learning

Bim Bam - Bim Bam is a great resource for all ages. There is lots to explore through their digital storytelling.
Jewish Interactive - Lots of free home learning resources.
Alef Bet Bullseye - This app is for iPhones and iPads and is free for the time being.

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783