As more and more young families arrive in Hudson County, we are here to welcome you, connect you to other Jewish households, and be your partner in providing your children with strong Jewish identities. From baby namings to Tot Shabbats; from Children's High Holy Day services to Purim dress-up, and everything in between - we encourage our little ones to learn about God, Torah, customs and good deeds.

TOT SHABBAT

Our monthly Tot Shabbat for ages 6 months to 5 years are held on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am led by Rabbi Beal, with frequent assistance from our student cantor and Sam Pesin, preschool teacher extraorinaire.  The one hour program moves from prayer and song to marching wtih play Torahs and story-time.  Followed by craft activity and snack.  Often the theme is focused on an upcoming holiday. Open to the community.  RSVP's preferred but drop-ins always welcome.  Dates are listed in our monthly newsletter. You can also receive a reminder email by sending a request to office@betheljc.org   

HOLIDAYS

Children are welcome at all holiday services.  They especially love seeing the Torah unrolled on Simchat Torah eve and dressing up for Purim.  We gather for an early supper on the first night of Sukkot as the children help decorate our outdoor sukkah.  At the High Holy Days we offer an early afternoon family service geared to preschoolers through grade 3.  On Rosh Hashanah our young families love to join us at Liberty State Park after the service as we observe Tashlich - throwing our "sins" (bread crumbs) into the water.

SHABBAT SERVICES  AND FIRST FRIDAY

All ages are welcome at every Shabbat service. Our Friday evenings are usually at 8:00 pm.  We invite the children to hold the Challah during the blessing at the end of the service and often they join the rabbi and cantor on the bimah for the candle blessing.  On the first Friday of each month we have a potluck supper at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:30 earlier service. Our Junior Choir children sing at those services and we do birthday blessings for the month.  We are a relaxed community  - if your child needs to come in and out with you, or sit and color, or leave early because of bedtime, no problem. We are here to nurture your child's spirituality and create Shabbat memories, one week at a time.

BABY NAMINGS AND BRIT MILAH

If you are expecting or have a new child in your family, Rabbi Beal would be happy to discuss Jewish rituals for welcoming your child into Judaism.  He has extensive experience counseling interfaith couples as they make thoughtful decisions, and creating ceremonies for those who choose Judaism for their children.  He may be reached at rabbibeal@betheljc.org or by calling the temple office, 201 333 4229.