Family Service is planned by the Religious School and the Rabbi. This service includes the use of our Children’s Siddur, and the participation of our youth in the service. The Religious School children may hold a service prior to a family potluck dinner and the families with young children may choose to go home after the potluck dinner. Rabbi Buchen invites the remaining children up on the bimah to read prayers, lead prayers responsively, and recite the Kiddish in the social hall before the Oneg. Rabbi also alters her sermon to fit the age bracket. Usually, she calls all the children onto the bimah and explains the weeks parashah in kid-friendly terms.
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur a special service is held in the main classroom beginning at 11:00 A. M. Teachers, volunteers, and sometimes the Rabbi pop in for a greeting and to add some meaning to the significance of the holiday. The service is timed so that the children may join the adult congregation for the conclusion of that service.
Religious School Services
Each week when there is a Jewish Holiday, the religious school celebrates at their regular Wednesday afternoon classes. Rabbi often leads a kiddish, and teaches the classes the nature of the holiday, and its modern meaning for Jews today. These holiday lessons include: Shavuot, the giving of the Torah; Tisha B’av, mourning the destruction of the second Temple; Sukkot, the agricultural festival; Purim, Pesach, Simchat Torah, the joy of the Torah; Tu B’Shevat, planting of trees, Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.