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Early Childhood Programs

"May God turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents."

Mechina - Preschool Sunday program for children ages 3-5

Mechina, a Hebrew word that means to prepare, will give your child preparation for Hebrew School in the years to come. Our program offers your child meaningful experiences – learning through play and arts, songs and stories, in a warm and accepting environment with friends and community.
During the year, we will explore Havdalah, Shabbat, and the holidays celebrated in the Jewish calendar.  We sing, read stories, complete art projects, snack and play.  Each week we have a short Havdalah service to celebrate the beginning of the new week.  Each week we also learn a piece of the Hebrew phrase Shabbat Shalom- by the end of the year we will know the whole phrase in Hebrew!
The Mechina class is also a fantastic opportunity for families to explore our congregation, and discover what an accepting, loving, musical, and conscientious place our community can be!

Gan class - Kindergarten monthly program on Sundays for families with children ages 5-6

Gan, our class for children in kindergarten age and their parents, offers an exclusive learning atmosphere for both parents and children. During our class you will learn Jewish practices around Shabbat and holidays, make friends and build community, learn our Jewish names, prayers and most of all - make your child ready and excited to start Hebrew school. This program offers:
  • 8 meetings throughout the year, each meeting is about 2 hours long, Sunday morning, once a month
  • 2-3 staff people for a class (2 teachers + 1 aide, depending on class size)
  • Snacks and drinks provided in every meeting
  • Each meeting will focus on a Jewish holiday (according to the calendar) and Shabbat/Havdalah
  • Friday night dinners and services (Young Family and/or Tot Shabbat) for the class families several times throughout the year
  • Learn about the Gan teachers, Laura Lee Blechner and Reisa Mukamal.

Tot Shabbat - The best way to celebrate Shabbat together!

Our Tot Shabbat program is for young families that wants to enjoy a Friday night dinner with songs, stories, play time - and enjoy the company of other families and friends. 

We gather on the second Friday of each month (please see the calendar for accurate dates and information) from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. We offer a Kosher Dairy- Vegetarian dinner.

Our program is free and open for all, we kindly ask you to RSVP in advance so we will have enough food and drinks for all the participants. 

We look forward seeing you with us! 

Let's MOVE! - a Creative Movement program

Looking for a fun, energetic activity for you and your kid? We've got you covered! 

Let's MOVE! is a creative movement program, for young children (ages 2-5) and their parents/grandparents that include music, movement, and basically - great time for both children and adults! Our so very talented instructor Ana Blumenthal will take you on a journey through music and movement that will spark your imagination and bring much joy to your Sunday morning. We start with a short Havdalah service with our Rabbi, and dive into the session right after. Snacks and drinks are provided, too! 

Our program is free and open for all, we kindly ask you to RSVP in advance so we will have enough materials for all. 

Check our calendar for dates and info. 

For more information about our programs, please contact our Education Director at 610-566-4645 ext. # 5 or at


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