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SAVE THE DATE: YFE Family Retreat

Friday, May 3, 2019 | Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Save the date for our Family Retreat! Open to families with children in Kindergarten through fifth grades, this retreat will be a chance for families to learn and play together outside of the city with clergy and educators. Early-Bird Registration will be opening on November 26th!

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K-5 Family Retreat

Friday evening May 3 through Sunday morning May 5 | The Edith Macy Conference Center

K-5 Retreat

We hope you will join us for our 2nd annual Kindergarten through 5th grade Family Retreat!

This year’s retreat will be held at a new location, The Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff, NY, from Friday evening, May 3 through Sunday morning, May 5. Families will enjoy camp-style activities in hotel-like accommodations!

We’ll share Shabbat, Havdalah, and a lot of camp activities! Highlights will include a campfire, sports, arts and crafts, prayer, study with clergy, and lots of bonding time with our community.

Together, we’ll celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. Activities for kids and babysitting will be available in the evenings, so parents can enjoy some drinks and socializing time.

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Family Sandwich Making

Wednesday, May 08, 2019, 5:00 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Make sandwiches for the Breakfast Program, where along with serving a hot meal, clients are also offered a freshly prepared bag lunch. All ages welcome to participate; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sign up is required in advance to volunteer.

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Rock Shabbat

Friday, May 10, 2019, 4:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Rock Shabbat is sold out.

Families with children ages 0–7 are encouraged to join

Join us for a delicious Shabbat meal as our very own Shira Kobren Wasserman and her kiddie rock band Shira & Friends rock Shabbat! Get ready to sing along, dance, and celebrate to their high-energy tunes as we welcome in Shabbat.

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Shabbat Yeladim

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:00pm | Pavilion

Children Grades K-5
Drop off your child(ren) with us and while you attend our Main Sanctuary service, we’ll provide an age-appropriate, fun, creative, and meaningful Shabbat experience downstairs in our Pavilion. Shabbat Yeladim programs will run 6:00-7:30pm (or when services in the Sanctuary conclude) and each week will include a Kabbalat Shabbat service with guest appearances from our clergy, a teaching on the week’s Torah portion and upcoming holidays, and a unique and exciting theme (magic, Cupcake Wars, Bowling, and more!) with an accompanying activity.

For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.

Any questions? Contact Merissa Hochberg.

“Guac Shabbat” Family Shabbat Dinner

Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 pm | Lese Lobby

For families with children grades K-5

Join us after Shabbat Yeladim for a delicious family Shabbat dinner. We’ll have Mexican food (meat and veggie options), challah, dessert, and wine for grown-ups!

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Saturday Shabbat Central

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:30am | Community House

Families with Children ages 0-5 • Open to All • No RSVP Required
Shabbat Central, formerly known as Tot Shabbat, provides a warm, exciting, and accessible Shabbat experience for your entire family. Geared to families of children from birth to age five, Shabbat Central is led by an experienced musician and children’s service leader along with members of the Family Engagement department and Early Childhood Department staff. Children and families gather together for song, prayer, movement, stories, and fun. Following the service, a light meal is served.

For a complete list of dates, visit the Shabbat for Kids & Families.

Any questions? Contact Amy Martin.


Our People

Rabbi Rosenthal

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal

Director of Youth & Family Education

Lily Goldstein

Amy Martin

Director of Family Engagement

Naomi Kachel

Naomi Kachel

Family Engagement Coordinator & Director of Camp Central

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Shira Kobren Wasserman

Family Engagement Music Coordinator