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FAMILY PROGRAMS

SHABBAT AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION FOR FAMILIES

We are putting a priority on making Beth El an even more welcoming place for you and your children. We very much want our synagogue to be filled with the energy and joy children and their parents can bring.

Our Spiritual Life, Education and Preschool Committees are putting in place several steps to ensure that Beth El is a place where you can come to connect with friends, surrounded by joy, music and prayer.

  • We offer a special Children's Shabbat Service each week led by Peri Cook. During the summer, this service begins at 10:00 AM in the music room located in our school wing. Peri prepares Shabbat friendly activities and stories based on the weekly parsha.
  • If your preference is to remain in the main sanctuary, we welcome families with young children and want you to know that having your children with all their energy, and yes, noise, in our house of worship is a blessing to our community. We have put boxes of soft toys and books throughout the sanctuary for your children to explore during services.

During the summer, Shabbat morning services in the sanctuary begin at 9:00 AM and end at 10:45 AM, followed by Kiddush. We encourage you to drop by even if just for a few minutes. We want our service and Kiddush to be a place where you can enjoy Shabbat, connect with G-d and with your community - even if that means just coming in for Adon Olam and a bagel. We recognize that this means your children may need to be in casual clothes. No problem - bring them! We trust you to also be comfortable while still respecting the holiness of our sanctuary.

In addition, we are looking for new ways to introduce more music and other kid friendly activities. A few of the ideas we are considering are listed below. Please share your thoughts and comments and look for more information from us as we roll things out.

  • A camp style Friday night service in the fall led by our returning overnight campers with camp songs.
  • A musical Shabbat service led by our teens who can show off their musical talents with guitar, drums, etc.
  • Chavura style Friday night services with a family dinner.

We would love to hear your ideas. Please reach out.

See you on Shabbat!

Monique Sudikoff, VP Spiritual Life
Ari Hoffman, VP Education
Peri Cook, Preschool Chair
Rabbi Marcelo Kormis


Call 203-374-5544 to confirm dates and times

SHABBAT EVENINGS AND FAMILY DINNERS
shabbat Most Fridays (except summer months), evening services are at 6:00 PM...a time of singing, prayer, and meditation, and the rich feeling of sharing with family and friends. Several times a year, Shabbat evening services are followed by Shabbat dinner for the entire family; the smells, sights, and sounds of Shabbat - delicious food, traditional melodies, families and friends joined in love and sharing.

March of the Stuffed Animals
A favorite with the kids! Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals to services and join the parade as Rabbi Satlow tells the story of Noah's Ark. Shabbat evening services will be followed by a festive dinner.
Shabbat Across Beth El
Come to Beth El for services and share the beauty of Shabbat. This evening is for those who observe as well as those who want to learn more. Services will be followed by a traditional family Shabbat dinner at a congregant's home.

HAVDALAH AT HOME PROGRAMS
A delightful hour of singing and storytelling with light refreshments as we bid farewell to the Shabbat Queen. Held at congregants' homes select Saturdays, November through January approximately 4:45 PM. Call the office at 203-374-5544 for dates and locations.

Picnic in Sukkah

SUKKOT PROGRAM
Stories and a special craft project for the children followed by a delicious lunch in the sukkah.

SIMCHAT TORAH
Ssinging, dancing and celebrating the joy of Torah.

HANUKKAH PROGRAM - Bring a gift for a needy child
Join us for Beth El's Family Hanukkah celebration! A fun filled celebration to include Hanukkah songs, dreidel games, candle lighting, entertainment by our preschool and religious school children and a delicious Hanukkah lunch. In the spirit of giving, we encourage each family to bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to Toys for Tots.

PURIM PROGRAM
Our annual Purim Carnival features games, face painting, crafts and lots of food. Fun for everyone!

HALAV UD'VASH - SHAVUOT PICNIC
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah - the five books of Moses - to the Jewish people. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated with a dairy feast. At Beth El, we welcome the holiday at an outdoor dairy picnic. The children have plenty of time for play outdoors; there is singing, dancing and a Shavuot story told by Rabbi Satlow. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy!


Congregation Beth El
1200 Fairfield Woods Rd Star of David Fairfield, CT 06825
Ph. 203-374-5544 Star of David Fax 203-374-4962
CongBethEl@aol.com