Young Family Programs

Families with young children have many ways to find one another and discover meaningful Jewish experiences at Temple Sinai. Check out the ways your family can get involved and let us know your ideas for new programs!

Monthly Opportunities

Tot Shabbat, first Friday each month at 6:00 p.m. 

This Shabbat service for infants, toddlers and children through age 5 as well as their siblings, parents and grandparents is followed by dinner, enabling us to experience Shabbat with family and friends. Many in our Temple family have warm memories of experiencing Shabbat and we hope to create similar experiences and memories with your young children.

Family Shabbat, third Friday each month at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for this monthly service geared towards graduates of our Tot Shabbat program and all children in grades K through 3, along with their parents and grandparents. The Family Shabbat service is followed by dinner, enabling all to experience Shabbat with family and friends.

Special Occasions and Special Programs

Holiday Happenings

Expressly for your 4 year olds, discover the fun of our holidays together with your pre-K child. For the High Holy Days, for Shavuot, Hanukah, Purim, Passover and more, enjoy the stories, songs and hand-on interactive fun specially designed just for your child and you. Click here for the 2012-13 schedule. Contact our religious school office at with any questions.

Holiday Programs

We offer young family-friendly events throughout the year and we would love for you to join with us. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we host children’s services. After second day Rosh Hashanah services, join us for Tashlich at the Demarest Duck Pond, a favorite with children of all ages. Help decorate our Sukkah, celebrate with us at our Simchat Torah service when we welcome and consecrate our new religious school students or try our Purim Carnival.  Check out our home page for more information.

Social Action Programs

Participating with our children, modeling behavior we’d like them to discover, is a great way to get involved in the Temple Sinai family. There are many opportunities including Family Promise, which helps the working poor. This program includes welcoming our guests, meeting and talking with them and eating together while they stay overnight at Temple Sinai for one week. There are also school-centered initiatives including Midnight Run for our older children, bringing clothing to those in need as well as school-supply drives for children of all ages. In addition, our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students participate in Mitzvah projects which incorporate social action activities.

Child Care

During the High Holy Days, we offer child care for children up to Kindergarten age. If you would like to attend the service with adults only, we welcome your young children to join us for babysitting during the service. Please call ahead to the religious school office at 201-568-3075 for more information.

Ongoing Opportunities

To learn more about ongoing activities in our schools (Early Childhood Center – ages 18 months through 5 years) as well as our Religious School (Grades K – high school), please contact Risa Tannenbaum, Director of Early Childhood Education at or contact Sara Kaplan, Director of Education at