Family Education


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What does Family Education mean for our family?

Family Education is an integral part of our school program and community life at Kerem Shalom.  We offer experiential educational educational programs for parents and their children at every grade level as well as community-wide programs for families of any description (single or married adults without children, families with children of any age), to help strengthen our families and the tie between families and the synagogue, and provide support for fostering joyful Jewish life at home.

The family experience is at the heart of what we do together. Through conversation and play, study, re-enactment, art, music, and the work of Tikkun Olam, repairing our world, our families experience the gift of sacred family time in a Jewish context. Family Ed programming at Kerem Shalom enables parents new to Judaism to learn and be challenged without being intimidated, and to comfortably partner in their children’s learning.

Parents and children learn together about our Jewish culture and heritage—text, holidays, history, rituals and prayers—and the ever-evolving practices and interpretations of Judaism’s core principles and beliefs. Through parallel adult programming and group offerings JUST for parents, parents have an opportunity for deeper, more enriched learning and support, which will empower them to take a lead in teaching Judaism and modeling Jewish values for their children at home.

We look forward to having you and your family join us in Jewish learning and celebration!

Questions? Contact Nancy Kaplan, familyedatkeremshalomdotorg, 978-369-1223.

Intergenerational GRADE LEVEL PROGRAMS
Early Childhood through High School

For Families with Young Children:
Tot Shabbat services are geared for families with children up to age 7, but older siblings up to mid-elementary school age often attend.

Monthly PAJAMA TOT SHABBAT SERVICES
Friday evenings At 5:45 PM, followed by Dinner*
Come in your PJ’s & slippers, bring your toothbrush.Cuddly animals & blankeys welcome.

Families with young children are warmly invited to join Family Educator Nancy Kaplan at Kerem Shalom for our monthly PJ Tot Shabbat services and dinner!  Services last about a half hour. We celebrate Shabbat together with music, movement and midrash (stories about Torah and other writings).  Our services are joyful, spiritual and meaningful for adults and children alike.

After our service and blessings over the candles, grape juice and challah,   families are invited to stay and enjoy visiting over dinner* and dessert (oneg Shabbat) featuring holiday-related foods. We’ll have holiday-themed crafts & games to keep small hands busy.

PJ Tot Shabbats & Holiday Celebrations 2017-18 / 5778

Friday Tot Shabbats & Dinners– RSVP FOR DINNER

Sept 21 (Thurs) & 30 (Sat), 8:30am - Early Childhood family Services for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur  
All are welcome regardless of membership or ability to donate for RH/YK tickets

Oct 6 —Sukkot (in the sukkah! weather permitting)
Nov 17 — Give Thanks! It's Shabbat
Dec  1 — Get ready for Chanukah
Jan 12 — Tu BiShvat – New Year for Trees
Feb 9 —  World Hunger Shabbat

March 4 SUNDAY 10:30am PURIM Sing-along,  Purimspiel (play), Parade & Carnival  -  hosted by KS students

Mar 23 — Get ready for Passover
Apr 27 — Celebrate Israel
May  18 — Celebrate Shavuot

For more info about KS programs contact Nancy Kaplan ~ familyedatkeremshalomdotorg ~ 978-369-1223