Central Tots

At Central Synagogue

Welcome to Central Tots – Central Synagogue’s community for families with children from birth to 2 years old! We offer both enrollment-based and drop-in classes, led by warm and experienced early childhood educators. Our classes are open to both members and non-members.

Spots are limited – registration is first-come, first-served. Once a class is filled, we will start a wait list. Any questions? Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Virtual Offerings for Fall 2020:

Registration for Central Tots’ Fall 2020 Virtual Classes is now open. This semester we are offering classes for Tots, as well as separate parenting classes for grown-ups. The first day of classes will be Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and we hope that you will join us. Please find class descriptions and registration links below.

Programs for Tots

All virtual classes for children are free of charge and open to the public. Classes begin the week of October 12th and continue through December 18, 2020.

Virtual Baby Book Club
Tuesdays, October 13–December 15, 2020
12:30–1:00 pm
Recommended for children from birth-24 months with their grown-ups

Join Central’s early childhood specialists for stories, puppets, nursery rhymes and songs.  This session will help parents to build a repertoire of rhymes, fingerplays, and simple activities to help engage their little ones at home.


Virtual Midday Music
Wednesdays, October 14–December 16, 2020
12:30–1:00 pm
Recommended for children from birth-24 months with their grown-ups

Join Central’s beloved guitar-playing music specialists (and their puppets!), as they guide grown-ups in making music with their little ones.  Over the course of the semester grown-ups will learn a repertoire of songs and musical activities to engage their little ones at home.


Virtual Shabbat a Lot
Fridays, October 16–December 18, 2020
9:30–10:15 am
Recommended for tots of all ages and their grown-ups

Join us for the virtual version of one of our most beloved Central Tots classes. Shira Kobren Wasserman leads this interactive musical celebration that gives families a taste of Shabbat.  Bring along your favorite musical instruments to play through class, and don’t forget to have something yummy on hand for our Motzi when we culminate each session with Shabbat blessings.


Programs for Grown-Ups

Virtual parenting classes are by registration only. Classes are open to members and non-members.

New Parents Group
Mondays, October 19–November 23, 2020
8:00–9:00 pm
For parents of children from birth–12 months
6 Sessions/$180

Come together with other new parents in our Central Synagogue community as we discuss the joys and challenges of being a new parent during the pandemic, while getting to know the Central Family.  This group will be facilitated by Central Synagogue’s parenting experts and other specialists from our Central staff. Our optional first session will be a socially distanced outdoor meet up, followed by six virtual sessions.  We look forward to getting to know the newest members of our Central Tots community!


Parenting Toddlers During the Pandemic
Tuesdays, October 13–November 17, 2020
8:00–9:00 pm
Recommended for parents of toddlers 12–24 months
6 Sessions/ $180

With most toddlers spending a great deal of time with parents and caregivers at home this fall, this discussion-based class will cover topics that include supporting toddler development at home, toddler socialization, at-home activities for toddlers, and parenting challenges that arise as we navigate our new environment. This class will be facilitated by members of Central Synagogue’s Early Childhood Team.


Our People

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Manager of Family Engagement Music & Central Tots

Cindy Grebow

Early Childhood Director

Watch the video to hear Shira sing some reminders about Central Tots classes.