Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan
A special note about young children – we want them and need them in the Sanctuary. Not only does their involvement add to the spirit of our prayers, it provides them with experiences and memories that will be with them for the rest of their lives. For many of us, being with our families in the Sanctuary are among our fondest childhood memories, something we’d like our own children to have. If you choose to bring toys for your children, please be respectful of Shabbat and holiday observance within the synagogue (no electronics, coloring, etc).
In addition to their inclusion in the sanctuary, we enrich children’s Jewish identity through our engaging Shabbat and holiday programs specifically for children:
Preschoolers begin to learn and love Judaism through storytelling, singing, and hands-on activities. On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month families join for songs, stories and more in an interactive service for tots.
This parent led service is geared towards children in grades K-2. It combines songs, games, stories and prayer to make for an engaging Shabbat experience.
Children in the 3rd to 5th grade meet on the second Shabbat morning of each month to play games, themes incorporated into a Shabbat morning services led by the kids.