Youth Programs

Welcome to Synagogue Emanu-El’s youngest, most exciting area! Here are some of our on going programs, please feel free to call or email us if you would like to hear more about the available opportunities.

Tot Shabbat is offered to our tots one Shabbat morning per month at 10am.

PJ Shabbat is offered to our younger congregants one Friday afternoon a month at 4:45PM.  Young’uns are encouraged to come to shul in their PJ’s for a Kabbalat Shabbat Service just for them including prayers, songs and stories.  A light nosh follows services.

Pre-School Program – Available for children ages 3-preK.  Students get an introduction to the rich jewish culture through music, stories and arts & crafts.  Pre-school meets 1-2 times per month.

Religious School – Available for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Children who complete this program do so with the ability to read Hebrew.  They also graduate with a deep understanding of the Jewish holidays and culture learned through hands-on experiences and participation.  Students are able to lead different parts of our Shabbat service and are well-prepared for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Pre-Confimration is for 7th & 8th grade students.  In this two year program, pre-teens and teens prepare for the future in learning about Modern Jewish Choices.  Subjects such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse are discussed through the use of Jewish texts and sources giving our students a Jewish perspective on taking responsibility.  Every other year, the Pre-Confirmation class takes a trip to Washington, DC with a focus on the US Holocaust Museum and learning tolerance.

Confirmation is for 9th-10th grade students.  This two year program focuses on understanding the differences in jewish movements and practices.  Every other year, the Confirmation class takes a trip to big cities such as New York City or Chicago, where they are able to experience Shabbat with Reform, Conservative and Orthodox congregations.   These students graduate from our program with the ability to lead an entire Shabbat morning service.