Early Childhood

We believe it’s never too early to feel good about being Jewish and make Jewish memories that will last a lifetime. We offer a range of early childhood programs to engage the littlest members of our community, along with their older siblings, parents, and grandparents. Many of these programs are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and family to join in.

Young Family Picking Apples as part of early childhood activities at Temple Israel in New Jersey.

Family Shabbat

Approximately once a month, students attend Family Shabbat on Friday evening or Saturday morning instead of school on Sunday, where kids get the opportunity to meaningfully participate and get in some extra playing time with friends. Family Shabbat often features music by the talented Bimah Band and includes a delicious dinner or kiddush. A great opportunity to meet other young Jewish families. Please check our online calendar for listings. 

Family High Holy Day Services

Children through seventh grade and their families are invited to attend our family high holiday services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These are real services, shortened to about two hours, incorporating interactive activities and participation by adults and kids of all ages. Designed by Temple Israel families to be meaningful and fun, we think our family High Holy Day services are pretty special. Free with high holiday tickets.

Sunday Morning Enrichment and Religious School

Our youngest learners, babies through pre-K3, can enroll in our monthly Torah Tots program that introduces Jewish themes through hands-on fun. Kids in pre-K4 through age 13 can enroll in the consortium religious school hosted at Temple Israel.  More information can be found on our website here: Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy.

Social and holiday events

Don’t miss our lively Hanukkah party, Purim carnival, and other fun events throughout the year. Most are free and open to the community. Follow Temple Israel on Facebook to stay in the loop about all our fun programming and upcoming events.

Thank you, volunteers!

We thank our Early Childhood Committee volunteers who work so hard to plan and run so many of our family event

Questions? Please email earlychildhood@synagogue.org.