Families and children are welcome at Kol Ami. We have something for (almost) every age. We enjoy children and families at our services, and we invite you to try out our educational opportunities to help build Jewish identity and community.
Children and families are welcome to participate in our Shabbat celebrations, which are held three times a month — usually two Friday nights and a Shabbat morning. At our Shabbat services, which begin at 10 a.m., parents can bring their kids into the service, or supervise their children in the Youth Lounge down the hall where we have books available to read aloud. From 11 am to noon, children and parents are invited to attend Tot Shabbat.
Led by Andrea Cate, the monthly Tot Shabbat service runs from 11 am to noon, and offers singing, movement, music, and stories to kids ages 0-8. It’s joyous Judaism! Parents are invited to send in a $10 contribution to defray our costs.
Kol Ami has one of the gentlest, sweetest Hebrew schools, known as JCEP, the Jewish Children’s Education Program. Classes are held on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., led by volunteer parent teachers. Subjects include Hebrew/Prayer and Judaic studies.
The final year of JCEP is a preparatory year for the students’ Bnai Mitzvah. Students learn many of the key prayers that they will lead during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, as well as how to study a Torah portion. More information on the Bnai Mitzvah program can be found here.
For post-Bnai Mitzvah kids, we have a weekly Pizza and Talmud class on Sunday evenings, led by Dr. Richard Ruth.
Holiday Celebrations and High Holy Day Services
Children and families are an integral part of our holiday experiences at Kol Ami. From our Tu B’Shvat Seder to the Purim carnival to Hanukkah parties, we involve our kids in plays, quizzes, games, and learning. And we invite our parents to take an active role in planning and volunteering at these events.
For High Holy Days, we have separate younger and older children’s services from 10 to 11, and from 11 to noon, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning. These services are interactive and musical, and underscore the major themes and melodies of the High Holy Days. Parents are welcome to attend as well.
To learn more about any of these programs, please contact the Coordinator of Kol Ami’s Children and Family Programs.