Services for our youngest members are fun, inclusive and always enjoyable for parents, grand parents and, most importantly, their children
Shabbat Club is held on the 4th Saturday of the month, starting at 11am on the first floor of the synagogue building. The Club is aimed at the under 10s. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles are all welcome to join.
Services are run by parents and typically comprise three stages. First, the children sing songs, talk about Shabbat and learn a little about the service, take turns in undressing and carrying the miniature Sefer Torah, and listen to stories, which often have a thematic link to that week’s parashah.
Next they join the adult service, performing their songs and following the Torah procession before being blessed. There are presents for those celebrating birthdays and chocolates for all.
The excitement continues with a Shabbat Club Kiddush upstairs: grape juice, challah and birthday cake. This is timed to allow those with any space left to seek out more goodies at the adult kiddush downstairs afterwards.
We hope that the Club has created a warm, friendly and fun way for the younger members of our community to enjoy Saturday mornings together. We hope to continue welcoming new children and families for many years to come.
Please note Shabbat Club usually goes on holiday in August!
Some comments from our participants about what they liked about Shabbat Club:
“Eating challah!” “I like the blessing of the grape juice”
“Taking out the Torah scroll” “Chocolate on the bimah”.
For more information on Shabbat Club contact Anne or Connor firstname.lastname@example.org
Shorter Shabbat services: most months at 10.30am
These are “normal” Shabbat services with a difference. We condense some of the prayers and ceremony so that we complete all the praying in about 1 hour. Start at 10.30 and finish at 11.30 (just). This is a great service for families to come to.
High Holy Days
On the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) we hold a series of children’s services in groups for children up to the age of 12 and we also have a creche.