Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Youth Services

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:

Tot Shabbat

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.

Mini Minyan

Every second and fourth Shabbat of the month, at 11:15 a.m., Beth Israel will have a service for elementary school age children. The service will include Shabbat prayers and fun educational activities. The children will join the main congregation for the final prayers in the sanctuary. Mini Minyan is led by Program Director Sarah Klein.

View our calendar for upcoming dates for Tot Shabbat and Mini Minyan