Junior Congregation

Shabbat: Led by Sheila Panitz, Junior Congregation meets alternate Saturday mornings at 10:30 in the Swartz Library for prayers, stories, interactive games, discussions and friendship. Children end the morning in the sanctuary where they help lead Ein Keiloheinu and Aleinu, or where they sometimes may show something they have learned.

High Holy Days: On first and second mornings of Rosh Hashannah and on the morning of Yom Kippur, activities for children begin at 9:30 with an hour of holiday-appropriate crafts. Children’s worship begins at 10:30. Services for younger children are conducted by Religious School faculty in one of the classrooms. Services for ages 7 and up are conducted in Sandler Hall by Sheila Panitz or Kathryn Morton. At noon, a light snack is served to the children and then they have supervised play in Sandler Hall and in the play yard until adult services end and the parents come to retrieve the children.

Purim: The youngsters have an early supper in Sandler Hall followed by a child-friendly mini-megillah service in the sanctuary. Then as adults enjoy a Purimshpiel and megillah reading, children are engaged with a Treasure Hunt or other activities.