Children's and Youth Services

Shabbat B'Shamayim, Tot Shabbat, Torah Time & Junior Congregation

Shabbat B'Shamayim 

A service for families and children under 8 years of age. Join us for singing, stories, prayers and fun that engages everyone in a warm Shabbat experience. We culminate each Kabbalat Shabbat with our own special 'Oneg Shabbat' (Joy of Shabbat) where we bless our children, sing the Friday night Shabbat blessings, and then of course, share a Shabbat meal!

Tot Shabbat

This hour of interactive play, prayer and singing is designed to engage children under 4 years old in a celebration of basic Shabbat rituals and blessings.  Even the youngest child will enjoy cuddling with a parent or grandparent, or playing with one of our Shabbat dinosaurs, while listening to songs and prayers that express the fundamental joy of Shabbat.  Parental or adult family presence is required.  Monthly on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. during the Learning Center program year (October-May).  Snack is provided.

Torah Time 

Meeting on Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m., a morning Shabbat program for children ages 4 to 7 (parental presence optional). Children participate in a child friendly service consisting of stories, songs and activities that focus on the weekly Torah portion or Jewish holiday cycle. Torah Time features an introduction to the basic elements of the Shabbat service, which is presented in an environment where our children ask questions freely, and shape their own experiences. Snack is provided.

Junior Congregation - 3rd through 7th Grades

The PJC's Junior Congregation meets twice a month from 10:30 to 12:00 noon on Shabbat mornings in the Junior Congregation room upstairs.  Our Junior Congregation leaders pray, tell stories, study Parashat HaShavua (the weekly Torah reading), and play game with our kids.  Leaders ensure that the the Junior Congregation is engaging and fun, and that "our Juniors" acquire the skills necessary for prayer.  Junior Congregation attendance is a requirement of the PJC Learning Center program, and a strong component in the building of a knowledgeable Jewish youth community.