The Award Winning Family B'Yachad (together) Series
is a theme-based program for children in K - 6th and their parents. It uses an interactive and engaging educational component, as well as a creative hands-on element. In a fun atmosphere, families create heirloom-type ritual objects that enhance their understanding of the mitzvah, ritual or prayer they have learned.
Shabbat in a Box
In this program families learn the skills for preparing for Shabbat. They learn about Shabbat, how to braid challah, decorate candlesticks and make either a challah board or challah cover. The last part of the program is an actual Shabbat Seder where the children use what they've made and learned, going through the steps of Shabbat, lighting candles, blessing their children, making Kiddush, eating a meal together, and saying Birkat Hamazon.
Aleph (1st Grade)
Ma Nishtana: Journey through the Four Questions
In this program we take our families on a journey through the Haggadah by focusing on the Four Questions. Each of the questions gives the child an opportunity to learn why we do what we do in the Seder and to create something that will enhance their own Sedarim.
Bet (2nd Grade)
Havdallah; Spice and Spirit
The Havdallah program gives our families an opportunity to learn the mitzvah and customs associated with Havdallah. They discover the reasons for the different components of the Havdallah service, learn the three blessings and create their own kits. A beautiful ceremony closes the program.
Gimmel (3rd Grade)
The Gimmel year is the year our children celebrate receiving their siddurim . They spend a lot of time working on their prayers. The ceremony of Chag Ha'Siddur takes place during services on a Shabbat morning. In the course of this workshop children will work WITH their parents in creating their own siddur covers as they discover many aspects of the siddur together.
Daled (4th Grade)
Sh'ma is for Living
In this program families study text containing the Shema, and with their children, fulfill the mitzvah of "v'shinantam l'vanne'cha," "and you shall teach your children." During the course of their learning, they discover the beauty and protection of the mezuzah. They create a beautiful 'tiled mezuzah' with a 'mock' klaf that they write. (They are shown the real klaf and given an opportunity to visit the gift shop to purchase a real klaf for their new mezuzah.) They also have an opportunity to chant the Shema and learn the blessings for putting up a mezuzah.
Hey (5th Grade)
Tzitzit: Ties that Bind Us
This is one of our most fun workshops. In this workshop, families get to tie tzitzit. They learn the Vayomer prayer and the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit. We also discuss tallit (another workshop). The tzitzit is on a key chain, and we have seen our kids wear them on their belt loops or backpacks.
Vav (6th Grade)
Build a Pair of Tefillin
This program engages our families by providing the opportunity for learning about the mitzvah of t'fillin through text and table discussion. Our families then use the "United Synagogue Federation of Men's Club" kits (Build a Pair) to build and decorate mock t'fillin. The process is wonderful as parents help their children and reawaken their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences. The children and parents are then invited to participate in the Federation of Men's Clubs' "World Wide Wrap" wearing their mock t'fillin.