Youth Shabbat Programs

Youth Shabbat Programs

Congregation Olam Tikvah strives to create opportunities for all of our congregants to enjoy and celebrate Shabbat. Below you will find more information about the programs designed to meet the needs of our children, from toddlers to school-age students. All of our programs meet every week during the school year, with the exception of a few holiday weekends. All programs below meet in the Youth Wing.

Moadon Shabbat (Shabbat Club) is available in the Youth Wing at 10:00am for children aged 18 months old through 4th grade. Rooms containing age-appropriate toys and games are set aside for the program. Caregivers supervise each room. Parents are asked to accompany their children to the Youth Wing, rather than sending them on their own. At the appropriate times the Moadon Shabbat rooms close, and all children are escorted to the age-appropriate youth service.

Tot Shabbat is an early childhood service for children 18 months-old to 4 years old. The service includes prayers, songs, stories and activities. Parents are invited to participate in Tot Shabbat, or they can choose to rejoin the main service after dropping their children off. Tot Shabbat will meet every Shabbat morning (with the exception of a few holiday weekends) during the school year. Children will then be escorted back to the main sanctuary to rejoin their families in time for Adon Olam.

Shorashim is a youth service for children in Pre K-1st grade, and Junior Congregation is a youth service for children in 2nd-4th grades. Both services include prayers, stories and discussions. Participants have opportunities to lead prayer and add their voices to discussions and interactive activities. Children are escorted back to the main sanctuary in time for Ein Keloheinu. A special section of the sanctuary is set aside for participants and their leaders to sit in when they rejoin the service.

5th-6th Grade students participate in a program designed to expose them to the prayer and choreography that occurs each week in our Sanctuary, as well as engage them in conversation about sacred text. The morning begins in the Youth Wing at 10:30am with discussion designed to complement the Shabbat prayer experience. They then come into the Sanctuary in time to join the congregation for Musaf. Participants sit in a special section, where a leader helps them to focus and think about different aspects of the service as it happens.

Questions? Contact Debra Beland Ackerman